WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today applauded the nomination of the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. to serve as the chaplain of the House of Representatives. Father Conroy’s nomination follows the retirement of the Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin, who served as chaplain for 11 years:
“I welcome Speaker Boehner’s nomination of Father Conroy as the 60th chaplain of the House of Representatives. He will become the second Roman Catholic priest to fill this role, and his background and experience will ensure he is a valued member of our community. Father Conroy's commitment to ministry and his familiarity with a diversity of communities will enable him to serve as an effective spiritual leader for our Members who represent a plurality of faiths.”
NOTE: Father Conroy entered the Society of Jesus in 1973 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1983. He currently teaches at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, and previously served as chaplain at Georgetown University. The House will vote on the nomination of Father Conroy this month.