Pandemic prompts Catholic diocese to eliminate positions

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Even the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is suffering from the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The diocese announced recently that it is permanently eliminating 10 administrative positions and has reduced the hours of other staffers due to a decline in weekly parish donations and contributions to the annual Catholic Charity Appeal.

The moves are expected to save the diocese approximately $1.6 million annually.

Some of the positions were eliminated through retirements.

The goal of this year’s charity appeal was $7.2 million by mid-summer, but so far it has raised about $4.2 million.