Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade

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March Madness is here, and we're not talking about the basketball games. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide every March 17th, and Rhode Island celebrates with parades in Providence, Pawtucket and Newport. Across the state events range from parades to live music, and a 5K.

Scott Molloy, an emeritus professor at the University of Rhode Island, historian of all things Irish, author   and former Rhode Island labor leader, will lead the Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade as grand marshal.

Molloy was a longtime professor of labor and industrial relations at URI’s Schmidt Labor Research Center and has done voluminous research and written extensively about the Irish immigrant experience in the United States, and particularly Rhode Island.

The passing of Sister Ann Keefe, who died on January 18, 2015, was a great loss to the Rhode Island Community.

St. Michael’s Parish will hold a Memorial Mass for Sr. Ann at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, January 21st at St. Michael’s Church at 260 St. Ann Keefe Way (Oxford Street) Providence.

The Rev. Dr. Bernard O’Reilly has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade. A native of Ireland, O’Reilly served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence for 45 years until his recent retirement.

A charismatic, witty and erudite clergyman, O’Reilly is well-known in Rhode Island. He spent 20 years as an assistant pastor, 25 years as a pastor and taught philosophy and theology at Aquinas College in Newton, Mass.; Providence College; and Salve Regina University in Newport.