Monday, May 9, 2011

Jesuit Set To Become Chaplian Of The US House Of Representatives

Rev. Patrick J. Conroy S.J.

On the eve of the 66th anniversary of the end of Wlodimir Ledochowski's 30 Years Religious War in Europe

A reminder of that which steers our government

Saturday, May 7, 2011
Jesuit Set To Become Chaplian Of The US House Of Representatives

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday he plans to nominate a Jesuit priest to serve as the next House chaplain. The Rev. Patrick J. Conroy would succeed Father Daniel P. Coughlin, who retired last month after more than 11 years of service. “We are honored that Father Conroy has agreed to serve as House chaplain,” Boehner said in a statement. “His dedication to God’s work, commitment to serving others, and experience working with people of faith from all traditions will make him an asset to the House community. We look forward to having his counsel and guidance in the people’s House.”
Conroy entered the Society of Jesus in 1973 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1983. He currently teaches theology at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., according to the statement, and previously served as a chaplain at D.C.'s Georgetown University for 10 years, ending in 2003.
Boehner, who is Catholic, nominated Conroy in consultation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), also a Catholic. “The Capitol Hill community will be blessed with the addition of Father Patrick Conroy to our ranks as House Chaplain,” Pelosi said in the same statement. “His experience working with young people, tending to the spiritual needs of a variety of communities, and serving for 38 years as a thoughtful and committed Jesuit priest will serve him well in this new role,” she added. “Following in the distinguished footsteps of Father Daniel Coughlin, he will provide guidance and comfort, ministering to the needs of the Capitol Hill community in an interfaith way.”


LVB said...

Blatant and nauseating.

Douglas A. Willinger said...

And consistent with the Roman fasces seen in the U.S. Congress, and in how the entire U.S. govt AND the private 'environmentalist' organizations caved to the RCC on the South Capitol Mall- the topic of my 1st blog back in 2006: