2018 Interfaith Service

 Bristol Fourth of July Committee


Sunday, June 24, 2018
3:00 p.m.
St. Michael’s Church

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.

This year we recognize The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Habecker. 

A proud native of New Jersey, our main speaker was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey.  Her University days were spent in Ohio where she lived for some time and taught high school English.

When she made the decision to seek to serve the Episcopal Church as an ordained minister, it was at the beginning of the new opportunity for women to be ordained to the priesthood.  In 1977, she was among the first women to be ordained, which was at the Cathedral in Portland, Maine.  She has lead congregations in Maine, New Jersey, and California.

Her three children live in various parts of the country: Sarah and her family live in Arizona, Bill lives in Los Angeles (but wants to move to Bristol!), and Katie lives in Yarmouth, Maine.  She is thrilled to be grandmother of 6, and a great-grandmother of three.

After serving the church in the Diocese of Los Angeles for over 20 years, she retired in 2013, and moved back to the East coast.  She is a happy resident of  Bristol and is delighted to serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.


As a sign in one of Bristol’s shops said, “I wasn’t born in Bristol, but I got here as fast as I could.”  She very much enjoys being part of this community and hopes to be an active resident for a long time.

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. Burton Bagby-Grose, 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
  • Rev. Stephen Battey, Assistant Pastor

United Brothers Synagogue

205 High Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1900
  • Daniel Kertzner

Roger Williams University

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

  • Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, Chaplain