Published 01/07/15

Interfaith Prayer Breakfast features Bryant alumnus Father Jason Brilhante

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Father Jason Brilhante, a member of Bryant University’s Class of 2006, will be the keynote speaker at Bryant University’s 19th Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 5, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Stepan Grand Hall of the Bello Center for Information and Technology on the Bryant campus, 1150 Douglas Pike.

Father Brilhante will speak about “Seeking Peace in a Troubled World.“

The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, patterned after the annual National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington, D.C., is designed to give attendees an inspirational hour of music, prayer, and a spiritual message. The Bryant Singers will perform.

Father Brilhante grew up in Fall River, MA, the youngest of five children of Adelino and Maria Conceicao Brilhante. Mr. and Mrs. Brilhante came from the Azores in 1978, and Jason was born in 1983. A devout Catholic, he served as an altar boy and taught religious education at St. Michael’s Church in Fall River, just a few streets away from where his parents still live.

A graduate of Durfee High School and Bristol Community College, Brilhante enrolled in Bryant’s signature accounting program in preparation for a career as an accountant with plans to eventually become a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  During a junior year alternative spring break trip to Honduras to work with the poor, he remembers being called to the priesthood.  

After graduating from Bryant, Brilhante went on to earn his Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Theology degree at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA.  On June 9, 2012, he was ordained a priest at an ordination Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River. The next day, Father Brilhante celebrated his first Mass in the neighborhood church he once served as an altar boy and taught religious education.

On a recent pilgrimage to Rome, Father Brilhante concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis and had a private audience with the pontiff. Father Brilhante now serves as a priest at St. Mary’s Parish in Mansfield, MA.

The cost to attend the Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is $7 per person. Reservations are required. (Bryant students may use their meal plan to attend; students who are not on the meal plan may attend at no charge.) To make a reservation, call (401) 232-6045 or email by Feb. 4.

In case of inclement weather, please call (401) 232-6002 after 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 for program status. The snow date is Friday, Feb. 6, from 7:30-8:30 a.m.