Small Town, Big Hopes

By Amanda Benjamin with Fr. Frank Carroll
August 8, 2011

Columban Center outreach advocacy intern

Amanda Benjamin

Bristol, RI

At first glance Bristol, RI may seem like just another average, sleepy town in “Middle Class America”, however if you take a closer look at this coastal New England town you’ll find that some of the faces are also those of the region’s peace and justice advocates.   In 2003, disturbed and concerned about the United States’ actions in Iraq and the Middle East, a group of residents from Bristol and three other nearby towns in Rhode Island (Warren, Barrington and East Providence) formed East Bay Citizens for Peace (EBCP). They are “committed to a mission of peaceful solutions to conflict and to social and economic justice through promotion of open, respectful dialogue.”  They also hold monthly peace vigils every second Saturday of the month.

Because of the Columbans’ stance on peace and justice, domestically and internationally, it is no surprise to find out about Columban involvement in the organization.  Father Frank Carroll frequently attends EBCP’s Saturday vigils and forum discussions where they occasionally have guest speakers.  In addition to attending these forums, Father Frank is an avid reader, frequently reading articles from websites such as Common Dreams and Democracy Now!, to stay informed about social justice issues in our world.