2019 Interfaith Service

 Bristol Fourth of July Committee


Sunday, June 30, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 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 Robert W. McKenna.

Robert W. McKenna recently retired as the Associate Dean and as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University.  Prior to his employment at the university Bob completed a twenty-plus year career with the East Providence Police Department retiring at the rank of lieutenant serving as the Officer-in-Charge of the Planning & Training Unit.  He was recognized for his work in the criminal system, being presented with the 2018 R.I. Department of Attorney General’s Lifetime Achievement in Victim Services Award and through his 2018 induction into the Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame.

Bob earned baccalaureate and master’s degrees at Salve Regina University as well as a juris doctorate at the New England School of Law.  He continues his commitment as an educator as an Adjunct Professor & Academic Advisor at Roger Williams University.

He resides in Bristol with Donna his wife of forty years.  They are the proud parents of three children and adoring grandparents to four grandchildren.

Bob has been an active parishioner and daily communicant at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish where he and Donna were honored to serve as the Chief Marshals for the July 16th Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  He continues to volunteer at the parish feast and also serves as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, a parish school board member, and as a chaperone for the parish’s Mustard Seed Communities Mission Trip since 2017.

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