Boehner Names New House Chaplain

Posted May 6, 2011 at 10:57am

Speaker John Boehner will nominate the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy to serve as chaplain of the chamber. Conroy, who will be the 60th chaplain, will succeed the Rev. Daniel Coughlin, who retired in April after more than 11 years of service.

“We are honored that Father Conroy has agreed to serve as House chaplain,” the Ohio Republican 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.”

Conroy’s nomination, which was done in consultation with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, will be submitted to the full House later this month.

The California Democrat also praised the Catholic priest in a statement. “The Capitol Hill community will be blessed with the addition of Father Patrick Conroy to our ranks as House chaplain,” she said.

Conroy teaches theology at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore. He is not a newcomer to Washington, D.C. He previously served as chaplain at Georgetown University for 10 years.