Rhode Island Catholic, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, was founded as The Providence Visitor in 1875. The publication was rebranded as Rhode Island Catholic in 2007 by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, and is delivered to 23,000 homes and businesses across the state. The paper has won dozens of national press awards, and focuses on the faith, family and life of the church on the local, national and international levels.

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How can I get my event/ news covered in the newspaper?

All events or news should have some relationship to the Catholic Church and appeal to a wide audience. Please send event notifications three weeks prior to actual event. Please know that with a limited staff, it is difficult for the paper to cover all events in the Diocese of Providence, however, every effort will be made to cover newsworthy events of appeal to a wide audience. If the newspaper is unable to cover your event, please feel free to send photos and a press release.

How do I send a photo to the newspaper for consideration?

Rhode Island Catholic encourages its readers to share photos of interest to the greater community. Due to space limitations, all photos sent to the paper may not be published, however, all submissions will be given equal consideration. High-resolution, color photos should be sent by email to: editor@thericatholic.com.

Please include the following information with all photos emailed to the newspaper: Names of people in photo; Parish affiliation of people or event; Date photo taken; Event at which photo taken; Where photo was taken; Name of person who took photo; Due to the sheer volume of photos sent to the paper, only submissions that include the following information can be considered. 

How can I list my event in Around the Diocese?

Press releases announcing a diocesan, parish or Catholic school-sponsored event must be received by Friday at 10:30 a.m. for publication in the following Thursday’s edition. However, to ensure an announcement runs in a timely fashion, it is best to send your information at least two weeks prior to a scheduled event. To proceed, please compose a paragraph containing the essential information about your event — what, when, where, and whom to contact. Consider following the examples of Around the Diocese listings published on page 4 of our newspaper and posted on our website. Due to limited space, items may be edited and may only appear in one edition of the newspaper. Furthermore, due to USPS postal regulations we cannot include cost or ticket prices in Around the Diocese listings. Your information should be in the form of an attached Word document or typed into the body of an email. Please do not submit flyers. It is preferred that announcements are e-mailed to: around@thericatholic.com

How can I send a letter to the editor?

The publisher and staff of Rhode Island Catholic welcome letters to the editor relative to an article published in the paper or an issue pertaining to the Catholic Church. A staff member will give every letter equal consideration. In keeping with the tenants of the Catholic Faith, letters that personally attack an individual will not be considered. Rhode Island Catholic reserves the right to edit letters. Please include your full name, town of residence and daytime contact information with all submissions. Letters may be mailed to the office or emailed to: letters@thericatholic.com