I have the right to worship as a Catholic and invite people to join me. There is no chapel space in the Capital building, and there shouldn’t be. But, when I am serving as chaplain of the US House of Representatives, I am surrendering my constitutional right to pray my way because I am in service to the people for whom I am serving. ~ Fr. Patrick Conroy, SJ
Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Chicago Winter Luncheon Featured Fr. Patrick Conroy, SJ
Over 130 Jesuit alums were in attendance to hear Fr. Patrick
Conroy, SJ, chaplain for the US House of Representatives, on December 8, 2014
at the Union League Club of Chicago.
Fr. Conroy is a Jesuit from the Oregon Province
of the Society of Jesus. Prior to serving as chaplain, he spent many years as
chaplain and teaching in Jesuit schools including Georgetown University,
Seattle University, and Jesuit High School in Portland.
While at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I embraced many of the freedoms college offers, but I failed to develop my spiritual life in any way beyond an occasional prayer to God for a date to go well or for an A on an exam. After graduating, I moved to Chicago to work for a financial firm. I was achieving my goals, yet I felt deeply unfulfilled by life. I found myself asking, “How can I claim to believe in Jesus Christ if I don’t really even have a relationship with him?”