Interfaith Service

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The Interfaith Service brings together the clergy from Bristol’s houses of worship in a patriotic, multi-denominational prayer gathering. Together with selected soloists, Bristol’s Interfaith Chorus provides the music and a speaker gives a talk about a relevant topic. Join us this year as we celebrate our religious freedom.

Sunday, June 25, 2017
3:00 p.m.
St. Michael’s Church


Interfaith Speaker – Deacon Paul J. Bisbano

Deacon Paul J. Bisbano, is a lifelong resident of Bristol.  He is the son of the late Orlando and Theresa Ruggiero Bisbano and the brother of Orlando Bisbano, Jr. and Teresa Bisbano Marcello.  Deacon Paul graduated from Bristol High School in 1969 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Roger Williams University in 1973.  In 1994, he completed a master’s degree program in Pastoral Counseling from Providence College.

He began his career as a salesperson for the O. J. Bisbano Insurance Agency and also co-owned the PM Tavern with his wife.  Later, he was employed by the RI Veterans Home for 20 years first as a CNA, then in the Human Resources Department and, finally, as Staffing Coordinator.

In October 1994, he was ordained as a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and was assigned to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and the RI Veterans Home as a Deacon Assistant.  He was reassigned to St. Mary’s Church in 2003 and has also served as Spiritual Director for the Daughters of Isabella.

Deacon Paul has been married for 41 years to Marilyn Carmone Bisbano and they have three adopted children: Zachary, Matthew, and Brittany. He and his wife were foster parents for 15 children over a 16-year period and were nominated twice as Foster Parents of the Year.

Interfaith Service Committee

For all inquiries regarding the Interfaith Service, please contact the event chairman:


Patti Squatrito
Nat Squatrito

Interfaith Participants

First Congregational Church, UCC

141 State Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1680
  • Rev. James “Skip” Macaulay, Pastor

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

399 Hope St, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1718
  • Rev. Canon Elizabeth Habecker, Rector

First Baptist Church

250 High Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1811
  • Rev. Jacob Mc Guire, Pastor

St. Mary’s Chruch

330 Wood Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1851
  • Rev. Barry Gamache, Pastor

Saint Elizabeth’s Church

577 Wood Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1914
  • Rev. Richard Narciso, Pastor

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

141 State Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1917
  • Rev. Henry P. Zinno, Jr., Pastor

United Brothers Synagogue

205 High Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in XXXX
  • Scott Tepper

Roger Williams University

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

  • Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, Chaplain
  • Rabbi Marc Jagolinzer, Chaplain