SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University’s 23rd Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 7:30-8:30 a.m., in The Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall of the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology. This community-wide event is open to members of the public and the entire Bryant community.
Bryant’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast, held annually in early February and replicated across the United States. This year’s theme, “Honesty, Healing and Wholeness,” will offer an inspirational hour of music, prayer and a spiritual message that welcomes people of all faiths.
This year's guest speaker is Father Robert L. Marciano, KHS, Pastor of St. Kevin Church and School and Administrator of St. Benedict Parish in Warwick, RI. He also serves as President of Bishop Hendricken High School, the premier and nationally accredited all boys Catholic High School in Warwick, RI, from which he graduated in 1975.
“It’s wonderful to witness the curiosity, understanding, and respect of the different religious beliefs in attendance. This is a special time when people of all faith perspectives come together to express their spirituality and learn from one another. It’s inspiring to see.” - Fr. Robert Marciano
“We are delighted to welcome Father Marciano, a member of our Campus Catholic Ministry team, as this year’s guest speaker,” says Kati Machtley, who co-chairs this event with Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley. “We look forward to hearing Father Marciano’s inspirational message on Honesty, Healing and Wholeness as the Bryant community comes together for a shared prayer experience.”
Father Marciano was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood for the Diocese of Providence, RI in 1983. He has served as the Chaplain for the Warwick Police and Fire Departments, Chaplain for the Providence Fire Department and Catholic Chaplain of Bryant University. A member of the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps from 1980 - 2010, he served in both the Air Force Reserve and the Rhode Island Air National Guard.
Among his many accolades, Faith Marciano received the Medal of Honor from the St. Edmund Society of Ender Island, CT, for his military and pastoral work; was inducted as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre (KHS), a Papal order, by His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley; and received both the Maltese Medal from the Warwick Fire Department and the Distinguished Service Medal from the Warwick Police Department for his work as a first responder to the 2003 Station Night Club fire in West Warwick that claimed 100 lives.
“It is an honor to have been asked to lead Bryant’s religious community in a unified prayer at the beloved Interfaith Prayer Breakfast,” said Father Marciano. “It’s wonderful to witness the curiosity, understanding, and respect of the different religious beliefs in attendance. This is a special time when people of all faith perspectives come together to express their spirituality and learn from one another. It’s inspiring to see.”
A contribution of $8 will help defray the cost of the breakfast. Individuals may reserve an entire table or individual seats. To make a reservation and arrange payment, contact Aurelie at (401) 232-6045 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 8. Checks, made payable to Bryant University Prayer Breakfast, or cash (no credit cards) will be accepted at the door. Bryant students are invited to attend at no charge and should reserve their seats by Monday, February 11.
Please note: In the event of inclement weather, the snow date will be Friday, February 15, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Information about schedule changes due to inclement weather will be at https://www.bryant.edu/.
Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University's 3,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students study in an intensive and immersive learning environment that has been purpose-built for high achievement. Bryant’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, College Factual/U.S.A. Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s.