PROVIDENCE – The Diocese of Providence has announced the death of Bishop Robert Mulvee.

“It is with profound sorrow that I share the sad news that after a brief illness, Bishop Robert E. Mulvee, retired Bishop of Providence, passed away at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield, today, December 28, 2018," said Bishop Thomas Tobin in a statement Friday.

He served as Bishop of Providence from 1997 to 2005.

"Bishop Mulvee was a good and gentle shepherd of God’s people. He was a faithful follower of Christ who served the Church with dignity and compassion. Please pray for the peaceful repose of his soul, and for the consolation of all those who mourn his loss.”

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

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