The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Peter M. Colapietro

Holy Cross Church
New York, NY

Sponsor: Rep. John Sweeney, (R-NY)
Date of Prayer: 07/13/2000

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. SWEENEY. Mr. Speaker, it is indeed a pleasure to welcome Father Peter Colapietro , Pastor of the Holy Cross Church located in New York City's Hell's Kitchen.

Mr. Speaker, Father Peter has participated in a number of capacities, including having been with Holy Cross Church for the past 8 years.

Father Peter Colapietro is a very accomplished man, and I would like to just highlight a few of those accomplishments for Members of the House.

In 1992, he was appointed as member of the Mayor Citizens' Committee for Midtown. He has served in several capacities as chaplain in New York City departments and continues to serve a wide variety of our citizens, including serving as chaplain these days in the Department of Sanitation.

In addition, Father Colapietro was the president of the Washingtonville Neighborhood Association, chairman and cofounder of the Washingtonville Housing Partners, Incorporated, and a board member of both the Narcotics Guidance Council and Larchmont Mamaroneck Student Aid Fund.

Father Peter is a friend, a fellow New Yorker, a priest of the street, a priest of the people and comfortable in any situation, as we can tell today. It has been a pleasure to have him here, and I welcome his participation today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Blessed are You, Lord God, Creator of all that was. Through You we live and move and have our being. All that we are and all that we will ever be as a Nation comes from Your goodness.

You have given this body the task of serving this Nation through justice and good law.

Let the light of Your divine wisdom direct the deliberations of all those gathered here and may that same light shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government.

May they all seek to preserve peace, promote world and national happiness and continue to bring us the blessings of liberty and equality.

We ask for this through Your Holy Name. Amen.

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