Celebrant and Homilist of the Conference Mass

One of the features of the Conference each year is the opportunity to gather for the Eucharist with the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese, Bishop McManus. 

Bishop Robert J. McManus was born in Providence on July 5, 1951. He is a graduate of Blessed Sacrament School in Providence and Our Lady of Providence Seminary High School.

He studied for the priesthood at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. (bachelor and master of arts degrees), and the Toronto School of Theology (master of divinity degree). He has also earned licentiate and doctoral degrees in sacred theology from The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Bishop McManus became diocesan Vicar for Education on November 9, 1987 while continuing as director of the Office of Ministerial Formation and in-residence at St. Luke. On October 4, 1990, he assumed the additional duty as theological consultant and editorial writer for The Providence Visitor newspaper. He was appointed a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor on February 28, 1997. He was named rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary on June 26, 1998 while continuing his duties as Vicar for Education and Director of Ministerial Formation. He was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of Providence on February 22, 1999 and he continued to serve as Secretary for Ministerial Formation and Rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary.

Pope John Paul II named Bishop McManus as the Fifth Bishop of Worcester and he was installed on May 14, 2004. He has served as the Chairperson of the Committee on Education for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.