Requiescat in pace, Catherine E. Graziano, RN, PhD

Catherine’s funeral will be held Monday August 22, 2022 from the Robbins Funeral Home, 2251 Mineral Spring Ave. North Providence, R.I. at 8:45 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Church, 65 Fruit Hill Ave. Providence, R.I. at 10 A.M. Calling hours are Sunday 3:00-5:00 P.M. Burial will be Private.

A champion of women’s participation in politics and of the great cause of human life, former Rhode Island State Senator Catherine E. Graziano passed away on Monday, August 15. The Board, Staff, and Members of Rhode Island State Right to Life Committee mourn her loss not only as a former Board member and PAC Chairperson, but as the sponsor of our Safe Haven law as well as our law protecting vulnerable elderly and disabled persons by banning assisted suicide. She also championed the Woman’s Right to Know Act to protect women by establishing informed consent standards prior to an abortion. In appreciation of her numerous pro-life achievements, Senator Graziano was recognized by the Diocese of Providence with the Bishop Mulvee Award as an Outstanding Pro-Life Legislator, and by the Recognition Award from the Rhode Island State Right to Life Committee, the first time given to a sitting legislator. A nursing professor at Salve Regina University, Catherine brought her considerable professional skills and background to the table when championing the right to life. We pray for this outstanding champion for life and pray for and offer our sincere condolences to her surviving family members and friends. May we all share in some way in her firm commitment to uphold the sanctity and dignity of every human person, particularly the most vulnerable and voiceless, and her tenacious defense of innocent human life, from conception (fertilization) to natural death. Click here for Catherine’s Obituary.

Statewide Primary Elections – Tuesday, September 13

  Early in-person voting begins on August 24 at local city and town halls throughout Rhode Island.

  Verify your voter registration status with the R.I. Secretary of State at vote.sos.ri.gov or (401) 222-2340.

  Some General Assembly races will be decided in the Primary Elections because the seats are uncontested in the General Elections.

  Unaffiliated Voters may vote either in the Republican or the Democratic Primaries and may disaffiliate once again immediately after voting.

Annual Jericho Walk & 40 Days for Life Kickoff Rally

Saturday, September 24, starting at 10 a.m. from the parking lot of St. Patrick Church in Providence.

40 Days for Life Fall Campaign, Sept. 28 through Nov. 6

Visit https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/providence

Diocese of Providence Human Life Guild Day

Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul, Providence. RSVP to lcooley@dioceseofprovidence.org by Fri., Sept. 23, $25 per person includes brunch and speakers.

Life Chain Sunday – October 2 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Nationwide General Elections – Tuesday, November 8