The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Paul Taylor

St. Vincent Archabbey
Latrobe, PA

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster, (R-VA)
Date of Prayer: 11/20/2013

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Shuster) is recognized for 1 minute.

There was no objection.

Mr. SHUSTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and introduce a good friend and community leader in my home State, Reverend Paul Taylor , and to thank him for offering today's invocation. Reverend Taylor made the trip to the Nation's Capital from the great city of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. I know my colleague, Tim Murphy, joins me in welcoming Reverend Taylor to the House of Representatives.

For the past 17 years, Reverend Taylor has dedicated his life to the students and faculty at Saint Vincent College. As a member of the college, he has held several prominent positions, including dean of admission, dean of students, and his current role as executive vice president.

Reverend Taylor's civic engagement and enthusiasm for improving the lives of others is not limited to higher education. Reverend Taylor also serves on the board of directors for the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation and assists as a weekend parish priest.

In his personal life, Reverend Taylor is an avid hunter and serves as the chaplain to the six–time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, and he performs mass every Sunday for every home game.

Reverend Taylor is a warm and welcoming leader. He has helped build a strong foundation at Saint Vincent College that will last for decades to come. I am proud of the work he has done in the Pennsylvania community and am privileged to call him my friend. ;

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

We stand before You, O Holy God, conscious of our sinfulness, but aware that we gather in Your name.

Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts. Give us light and strength to know Your will, to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by Your wisdom, support us by Your power, for You are God, our God, the holy God.

You desire justice for all. Enable us to uphold the rights of others. Do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favor.

Unite us to Yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in Your name, may we temper justice with love, so that all our discussions and reflections may be pleasing to You and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants.

We ask this of You who live and reign forever and ever.

Amen.

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