Bishop Hendricken to host Unity 2020: Coming Together as a Community


WARWICK — Bishop Hendricken High School will host Unity 2020: Coming Together as a Community with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association (RIPCA) on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. at Hayden Stadium.

The free and open event, part of the nationwide “Faith and Blue” initiative by MovementForward and sponsored by the Department of Justice, is designed to foster an open and honest dialogue between local law enforcement and the communities they serve, especially those who feel disconnected and discriminated against. The program will feature brief speeches, prayers, and face-to-face breakout sessions and discussions with police and faith leaders.

“Bishop Hendricken is honored to partner with the members of our many faith communities and their leaders as well as our dedicated law enforcement officials to begin this yearlong, and hopefully lifelong, dialogue to foster peace, understanding, and justice with all whom we serve," said Father Robert Marciano, KHS '75, president of Bishop Hendricken High School. “These trying times are no match for our good intentions and our working together on behalf of others.”

Unity 2020  is spearheaded by the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association and the Warwick Police Department. Dialogue will include the following faith and law enforcement leaders:

Father Robert Marciano (Catholic community)
President of Bishop Hendricken High School & Pastor of St. Kevin Church

Ms. Wendy Joering (Jewish community)
Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island

Imam Farid Ansari (Muslim community)
Muslim American Dawah Center of Rhode Island

Father Marcos Girgis (Coptic Christian community)
Pastor of St. Mary & St. Mena

Mr. William Ferland
Chief of the Criminal Division, United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island

Chief Brian Sullivan
President of RIPCA & Chief of Lincoln Police Department

Colonel Rick Rathbun
Chief of Warwick Police Department

Rev. Hance Philippe (Transformation Worship Center)
Chaplain of the Lincoln Police Department

The event is completely free and open to all. All attendees must adhere to our campus COVID-19 health and safety policies, including sign-in, contactless temperature screening, mask-wearing at all times, and physical distancing.

For more information, contact Michele King,, 401-739-3450, ext. 131.