Speaker Boehner to Nominate Reverend Patrick J. Conroy for House Chaplain | Speaker.gov
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced, in consultation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), that he intends to nominate Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. to serve as the 60th chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Father Conroy would succeed Father Daniel P. Coughlin, who retired last month after more than 11 years of service.

Father Conroy currently teaches theology at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR.  Previously, he served as a chaplain at Georgetown University for a total of 10 years ending in 2003.  A native of Washington state, Conroy entered the Society of Jesus in 1973 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1983.

“We are honored that Father Conroy has agreed to serve as House chaplain,”
Speaker Boehner said. “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.”

“The Capitol Hill community will be blessed with the addition of Father Patrick Conroy to our ranks as House Chaplain,”
Leader Pelosi said“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.  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.”

Father Conroy’s nomination will be submitted to the full House later this month. 

About Rev. Patrick J. Conroy. 
Father Patrick Conroy was born on October 31, 1950 in Everett, WA.  In 1972, he received a Bachelor’s Degree from Claremont Men’s College in Claremont, CA.  In 1977, he received a Master’s Degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.  In 1979, he received his law degree from St. Louis University.  He received a Masters of Divinity (M. Div.) from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (CA) in 1983, and a Masters of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from Regis College of the University of Toronto in 1984.  From 1984 to 1989, he served as pastor of St. Michael’s Mission in Inchelium, WA, serving the people of the Colville Indian Reservation.  From 1986 to 1989, he also served as pastor of St. Philip Benizi in Ford, WA, Sacred Heart Mission in Wellpinit, WA, and Our Lady of Lourdes in West End, WA, serving the people of the Spokane Indian Reservation.  From 1990 to 1994 and again from 1997 to 2003, he served as a chaplain at Georgetown University.  From 1994 to 1997 he served as a chaplain at Seattle University.  He has been at Jesuit High School since January 2004.

About the Chaplaincy
.  The chaplain is an elected officer of the House of Representatives.  In addition to opening proceedings with prayer, a tradition dating back to the First Continental Congress, the chaplain provides pastoral counseling to the House community, coordinates the scheduling of guest chaplains, and arranges memorial services for the House and its staff. In the past, chaplains have performed marriage and funeral ceremonies for House members.  For more information, visit http://chaplain.house.gov