Saint Stephen's Church in Providence

  • Saint Stephen's Church in Providence
  • Saint Stephen's Church in Providence
  • Saint Stephen's Church in Providence
  • Saint Stephen's Church in Providence
  • Saint Stephen's Church in Providence

Who We Are

An Anglo-Catholic parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island

S. Stephen's has been around since 1839 (and on George Street since 1862), bearing witness to the Catholic Faith in the Episcopal Church. We are one of the few Episcopal parishes in the area open daily for worship.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 08:00am - Low Mass - a spoken Eucharist without music, but with a sermon. Preceded by Morning Prayer at 7:30, and followed by refreshments
  • 10:00am - Solemn High Mass - a traditional Mass with incense, hymns, chanting, hymns, and other music by our fine Schola Cantorum - and a sermon.
  • 08:00am - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - Morning Prayer, followed by Low Mass; on federal holidays Morning Prayer starts at 9:00 AM
  • 05:30pm - Evening Prayer, followed by Low Mass
  • 09:00am - Morning Prayer, followed by Low Mass

What to Expect

What are services like?
Worship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition is liturgical, in that it follows an ordered and predictable pattern. Our liturgy engages us in the fullness of our humanity, body and soul, by means of visible signs and symbols that appeal to our sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. For this reason, our worship is deeply and richly sensual, making full use of music, incense, candles, vestments, sacred images, and ceremonial pageantry as the vehicles through which our hearts and minds are lifted to the unseen God.

What is the community like?
Like most Anglo-Catholic parishes, we have a very diverse congregation. We're made up of people of all ages, races, and walks of life, drawn together by the love of God and committed to bearing witness to the Catholic Faith in the Episcopal Church.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Come and see! Visitors and seekers are always welcome.


The Rev'd John Alexander

The Rev'd John Alexander

Father Alexander has been Rector of S. Stephen’s since August of 2000. Born in 1958 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he immigrated in 1963 to the United States with his family, eventually settling in the Philadelphia area. He received his BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1979, and his MA in 1980, from the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied International Relations. During the 1980s, he worked for Electronic Data Systems Corporation on assignments in the United States and in England, where he met and married his wife, Elizabeth, in 1988. Subsequently, he attended Virginia Theological Seminary, where he received his Master in Divinity (M.Div.) in 1992. Ordained deacon in 1992 and priest in 1993, he served as Curate at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania (1992-1994), and as Rector of the Church of the Ascension, Staten Island, New York (1994-2000). He completed his Master of Sacred Theology (STM) at Nashotah House in 2004. Father and Mrs. Alexander are the parents of two teenage sons. Father Alexander's sermons are on his blog at

What Members Say

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  • Betsy D
    While the liturgies at Saint Stephen's are formal (and absolutely beautiful), the clergy and the people who attend St. Stephen's are anything but formal - they're warm, friendly and inclusive. It is a gorgeous church, devoted to glorifying God through beauty in all ways - through the physical building, through the liturgy, the music, the choir and by reaching out to the larger community around the church, with a ministry to Brown University students and by hosting a Soup Kitchen, which they've managed to keep going, modifying for safety, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Note - Father Alexander left St. Stephen's in 2019 - the new Rector is a young (35), energetic, intelligent, warm and insightful priest, Father Benjamin Straley. Father Benjamin's bio is available on St. Stephen's website,
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