A Jesuit priest was sworn in as the 60th chaplain of the House of Representatives in May, the first member of his order and the second consecutive Roman Catholic priest to serve the legislative body.
As chaplain, Patrick Conroy is in charge of opening legislative sessions with prayer, coordinating guest chaplains, counseling members of the House community, and arranging memorial services, weddings and funerals.
Conroy was selected by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who consulted with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Both are Roman Catholics.
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