Rhode Island Picture
Saint Bernard Catholic Church -
First in a set of 4 Postcards from Mrs. Carl Bowman mailed in
(Scroll Down for
History and Background Information)
The Post Card,
(one of a set of 4 - all addressed to
Donna Seerist of Muscatine, Iowa)
was mailed on July 6, 1944. The other three postcards in the set
were all mailed between July and August 1944. The stamp is the
1 cent Four Freedoms Issue
of 1943 and is a stamp I haven't seen postally used very often.
The same stamp was also used on the other three postcards in
this set. Mrs. Bowman mailed two of the cards from Wickford, RI
and two from Hamilton, RI.
St. Bernard Catholic
Church was established on July 24, 1874 to administer to those
parishioners residing in North Kingstown and Eastern Exeter.
Bishop Thomas F. Hendricken,
the first Bishop of the Diocese of Providence performed the
dedication and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation for
the new church on July 4, 1875.
Prior to St. Bernard being
established in Wickford, the spiritual needs of the community
were met by Father William
Halligan of "Our
Lady of Mercy" in East Greenwich. Services were held at
the old Wickford Town Hall on West Main Street, the Saunderstown
school house and in the homes of local residents.
The first resident pastor
at Saint Bernard
was Father John H. McKenna, assigned in 1904. The
Reverend Dennis A. Reardon
was appointed as pastor in October 1999 and as of this writing
is currently still in residence.