Published 02/07/18

Fellowship and Unity at Bryant's Annual Prayer Breakfast

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University’s 22nd Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, from 7:30-8:30 a.m., at 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 Bryant community. Rabbi Wayne M. Franklin, Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, will be the keynote speaker. 

“Bryant's Prayer Breakfast provides an opportunity to promote fellowship, understanding, and a shared prayer experience for all who attend." 

Patterned after the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Bryant’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast welcomes people of all beliefs and faiths for an inspirational hour of music, prayer, and a spiritual message. This year’s theme is “Respecting Others While Taking Responsibility for Ourselves." 

“Bryant's Prayer Breakfast provides an opportunity to promote fellowship, understanding, and a shared prayer experience for all who attend," says Kati Machtley Director and Co-founder with Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley. “We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Franklin as our guest speaker.” 

Rabbi Wayne Franklin is a 1965 graduate of Yeshiva University and was ordained in 1970 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 1996. In addition to his pastoral duties, he has chaired the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of RI; for more than 30 years, has chaired the Rhode Island Interfaith Commemoration of the Holocaust. He serves on The Miriam Hospital's Ethics Committee and Jewish Traditions Advisory Committee. A leader in interfaith endeavors, Rabbi Franklin serves as secretary/treasurer of the National Council of Synagogues, a multi-denominational Jewish group engaging in interfaith dialogue with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Council of Churches. He received the Jewish Federation's Never Again Award in 2003 and the NCCJ (National Conference for Community and Justice) Interfaith Leadership Award in 2004. In 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Providence College.

"I am honored to have been asked to speak at Bryant’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. I believe that when people from different religious backgrounds gather together, we can learn from each other and realize how much we share,” said Rabbi Franklin. “While we derive our ethical teachings from different texts and may differ in how we worship, we are able to grow in our appreciation for one another when we listen to each other's perspectives. That kind of mutual respect is critically important today."

Reservation information 

A contribution of $8 will help defray the cost of the breakfast, and Individuals may reserve an entire table or individual seats. To make a reservation and arrange payment, contact Aurelie at (401) 232-6045 or by Monday, Feb.12. 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, Feb. 12.

Please note: In the event of inclement weather, the first snow date will be Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30-8:30 a.m., and the second will be Friday, Feb. 16, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Information about schedule changes due to inclement weather will be at