Father Henry J. Bodah, Pastor
Father Henry Bodah was raised in Portsmouth, RI and attended St. Anthony’s parish school. He entered Our Lady of Providence Preparatory Seminary and after graduating from the College Seminary of Our Lady of Providence, was sent by Bishop Gelineau to the American College in Leuven, Belgium, to study at the Catholic University of Louvain (KUL), from which he received his Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology and his Master’s in Religious Studies.
In 1978 he was ordained to the priesthood and assigned for two years to St. Mary’s in West Warwick and then for six years to St. Paul’s in Edgewood. After teaching for a year at St. Mary Academy-Bay View, he was assigned for the next six years to St. Luke’s in Barrington.
In 1993, he was appointed as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish in the Hillsgrove section of Warwick, and after four years in that assignment was asked by Bishop Gelineau to become chaplain of the Catholic community at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, a position he held for the next 17 years until being assigned to St. Francis, Wakefield in the Spring of 2014.
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