Meet the Jesuit Chaplain Whose Job It Is to Pray for Congress
2017 — Jesuit Father Pat Conroy, who became the 60th chaplain of the U.S. House
of Representatives in 2011, could use your help — because “a lot of prayer is
(Photo: Pat Semansky)
spoke with America magazine about his role as chaplain, which
includes giving the opening prayer in the House, but his duties go far beyond a
daily prayer. “I am available, and I try to go where members are gathered so
that I can see them and they can see me,” Fr. Conroy said. “Back when I was a
college chaplain, I used to eat in the student dining hall because that is
where that would happen. Here it’s being on the floor during votes.”
Fr. Conroy by Fr. Jeremy Zipple, SJ
grace on the job include giving Pope Francis a blessing before his address to
Congress in 2015 and when people reach across the aisles. When he first arrived
in 2011, he never saw anyone from either party cross over to speak to someone on the other side, but he’s heartened
that has really broken down. You find people that are actually talking to one
another and some of them are not your usual suspects. … That is when my prayer
takes place. I will see two people talking and pray: ‘Lord, whatever that is
please bless that. Don't even know what it is. Send your Spirit upon that
Fr. Conroy knows
his “congregants” are easy to criticize, but he suggests putting a human face
on them. “It is easy to dump on them. But then, how about saying a blessing? ‘Lord,
as angry as I am, bless these people with what they need to do the work that
they have to do the best they can.’”
As a new
administration begins, Fr. Conory said that “both parties will be struggling to
find out how they can work with Donald Trump. One hopes they will do that
admirably and nobly and that the president-elect himself, having been called to
a new office, will respond with the same hope and goodwill.”
does not change,” said Fr. Conroy. “I joke that I still pray for miracles every
day. ... I have hope that God is with us.” [Source: America]
October 9, 2018 - Father Robert Joseph Schlim, SJ, longtime teacher in Spokane schools, died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California, October 3, 2017. He was 90 years of age, 68 years a Jesuit, and 56 years a priest.
September 30, 2018 - Jesuit Scholastics studying Philosophy spend their first summer on service immersion programs. The rural villages of Alakanuk, Bethel and Newtok in western Alaska were the frontier destinations for Shane Liesegang, SJ, John Meyers, SJ, Jason McCreery, SJ, Raymond Parcon, SJ, and James Millikan, SJ. Their mission was to contribute their talents wherever needed.
September 17, 2018 - Ms. Kim Cavnar, Principal of St. Francis Xavier School, received Loyola University of Chicago’s 2018 Damen Award from the Institute of Pastoral Studies on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
September 12, 2018 - Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
September 5, 2018 - Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
September 2, 2018 - The Jesuits West Prayer for September centers on St. Peter Claver, SJ, whose feast day is September 9. From 1610 until his death in 1654, Peter Claver, ministered to the slaves brought from Africa to Cartagena, Colombia. Peter signed his name, “slave of the slaves forever.”
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