Rabbi Wayne Franklin, senior rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree May 21 at the Providence College commencement.
Franklin was recognized for his interfaith work. The degree citation said, in part, “Your work in fostering dialogue among peoples of various faiths has earned widespread acknowledgement and appreciation. You are recognized among interdenominational scholars and faith community leaders throughout Rhode island and across the U.S. for commitment beyond compare and for integrity beyond measure.
“Community organizations in Providence and across the state… benefit from your tireless commitment and notable generosity…”
At PC, Franklin co-founded and co-chairs the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Rhode Island. Dr. Arthur P. Urbano Jr. is the co-founder and co-chair from PC. Franklin’s current interfaith activities include involvement with the Interfaith Housing Corp. and the Mayors Task Force on Youth Engagement, both in Providence; the Miriam Hospital Ethics Committee; and the Governor’s Task Force on Ethics in Government.