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Alumni Chaplains

Welcome to the chaplains page of the Providence College National Alumni Association. The chaplains are committed to serving the spiritual and personal well-being of the College’s 57,000 alumni and work to uphold and promote the Catholic and Dominican heritage of Providence College.

The alumni chaplains are at the service of regional clubs when asked to offer retreats, days of recollection, Masses, and other celebrations and events. They also offer faith formation and service opportunities, with a focus on younger alumni and their families, and a prayer and consolation ministry for those alumni requesting prayer. Additionally, chaplains are available for any kind of personal conversation or consultation needed.

For assistance, please email or call 401.865.2407.

Rev. Joseph Barranger, O.P.

Rev Barranger

Rev. Joseph Barranger, O.P. was appointed chaplain of the PC Alumni Association by College President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78, ’82G in 2021. In this role, Father Barranger leads the alumni chaplaincy staff and helps connect the alumni community to the mission and ministry of Providence College. He returns from St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, Va., where he served as pastor and prior since 2014. His previous experience also includes terms at the Dominican House of Studies and Saint Dominic Priory in Washington, D.C., and service as a missionary pastor in Mexicali, Mexico. He was previously College chaplain and the first director of Campus Ministry from 1993-2000. In this role, he was instrumental in forming the student-based Campus Ministry program that is home to many of the College’s social, service, and spiritual activities. He hopes to provide support and continuity for new alumni as they envision and prepare for their life after PC, as well as when they transition into professional and family life.

Rev. J. Stuart McPhail, O.P. ’61

Rev. J. Stuart McPhail, O.P. ’61

Rev. J. Stuart McPhail, O.P. ’61 began ministering as associate chaplain in 2012. Ordained a Dominican priest in 1969, he has served his alma mater in a multitude of roles for more than 45 years, including as vice president for student services for 18 years. Father McPhail came to PC in 1971 to teach theology. He was later invited to teach in the Development of Western Civilization Program and to serve as a hall director. In 1975, he transferred full time into student operations in Slavin Center and was named the facility’s assistant director. He subsequently served as director of special events and director of college events before being named vice president for student services in 1988. During his tenure at PC, he also has served as assistant College chaplain, subprior of the Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas on campus, and as a moderator of several student organizations, including the Board of Programmers and Student Congress. In more recent years, Father McPhail has taught theology as an adjunct faculty member.

Rev. James F. Quigley, O.P. ’60

Rev. James F. Quigley, O.P. ’60

Rev. James F. Quigley, O.P. ’60 has been an associate chaplain of the NAA since 2016. He has been affiliated with the College as a teacher, administrator, and chaplain for more than 35 years. A Dominican priest since 1965, Father Quigley joined the faculty as a special lecturer in religious studies in 1969. He was named to the Ordinary Faculty as an instructor a year later and earned two subsequent promotions, the second one to associate professor of theology in 1988. Father Quigley served as executive vice president of PC from 1989-1993 and then resumed teaching in the theology department and in the Development of Western Civilization Program. From 2005-2011 and from 2013-2016, he served in Rome as the Father Carl J. Peter Chair of Homiletics at the Pontifical North American College, the largest American Catholic seminary in the world. In between those assignments, he assisted the late Rev. John S. Peterson, O.P. ’57 in his role as NAA chaplain.