Reverend Newbold of Providence was a former Professor, Dean, Vice-Rector and Rector of Our Lady of Providence Preparatory Seminary and was former Executive Secretary of the Committee on Athletics for the Rhode Island Secondary School’s Principals association, retiring after 26 years in the profession. He guided the State’s Interscholastic League through extraordinary times of growth, and was widely recognized for establishing the sub-committee on girls athletics, and for the development of corporate support and achieving financial stability. A stand-out athlete, coach and administrator, he worked as an attorney and Government liaison for the Diocese of Providence.
Born in Bristol, he attended St. Mary School and Colt Memorial High School in Bristol, Rhode Island College of Education (RIC) and Providence College in Providence. After completing his studies for the priesthood, he was ordained on December 22, 1945 in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence, by Bishop Francis P. Keough. Father Newbold’s first assignment was at St. Francis Church, Wakefield, as assistant pastor. before leaving for post-graduate studies at Notre Dame. In October 1950, after returning to Rhode Island, Rev. Newbold became a professor at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick Neck.
In 1961 became vice-rector and principal of the High School Department at Our Lady of Providence. He was promoted to rector in 1968, staying at Our Lady of Providence for twenty years. In 1988, Father Newbold became pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Providence and continued to serve there until September 1999, when he retired as pastor emeritus. In April 1997 he was appointed Honorary Prelate of His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the title of Reverend Monsignor. He retired to St. John Vianney Residence in Providence; then lately in Scalabrini Villa in North Kingstown.
In addition to his teaching and parochial duties, Msgr. Newbold also served as chaplain at the Children’s Center of Rhode Island in Providence (1951) and the Rhode Island Chapter International Federation of Catholic Alumnae (1953), among other roles, such as the job as Censor of the Books of the Diocese of Providence in 1958. Msgr. Newbold also served on a number of committes, such as the Diocesan Retreat League for Women (1960); the Executive Board of the National Catholic Educational Association (1963); and the Council of Conciliation and Arbitration (1979). He was a member of the Bishop’s Advisory Board on Major Seminarians in 1979 and the following year he was made a member of the Conflict of Interest Commission of the State of Rhode Island. Msgr. Newbold continued to be involved in education as well and served as executive director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League in 1968 and was a member of a number of other educational associations. He was inducted into the Providence Gridiron Club Hall of Fame. Rev. Msgr. Robert C. Newbold died June 15, 2008.
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