Sons of ProvidenceMain MenuSons of Providence: The Jewish History of Providence College, 1917-1965Video: Complete Documentary and Opening Night CelebrationTell Us Your StoryContact the project organizers to tell us your stories of Providence CollegeJennifer Illuzzi47fd98decbb6a393cd366c360780364f1197b4baArthur Urbano51775131341c7acae136b7929aa28edf682653e6Jennifer Illuzzi and Arthur Urbano
Bishop Matthew Harkins 1889
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1media/Harkins Hall - 0-6_Harkins_Hall_1948_picture_bw.jpgmedia/Sons_Banner.jpg2017-03-09T18:13:49-08:00The Foundation of Providence College30plain4100082017-03-29T14:47:13-07:00On February 14, 1917, Providence College was officially incorporated by a vote of the Rhode Island General Assembly. Approval from the Holy See followed. The founding of the college was the fulfillment of the dream of Bishop Matthew Harkins, the second bishop of the Diocese of Providence. Bishop Harkins wished to establish an institution of higher education, especially for the young Catholic men of the diocese. Nevertheless, Providence College would be an institution that also welcomed non-Catholic students. The official charter explicitly stated that “no person shall be refused admission…on account of the religious opinions he may entertain” (Sec. 7). The Order of Preachers (the Dominicans) known for their dedication to a robust liberal arts education accepted Bishop Harkins’ invitation to staff the college. Rev. James Raymond Meagher, O.P., provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, agreed with Bishop Harkins that a Catholic college would serve as an alternative to Brown University: “It is true that in the city of Providence there already exists a celebrated secular university but because of the doctrine taught there, no little danger presents itself to Catholic students.” (McCaffrey 1992) After some delays resulting from construction and World War I, the first all-male incoming class of seventy-one students entered Providence College on September 18, 1919.