The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend George R. Coyne

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church
Tiltonsville, OH

Sponsor: Rep. Charles Wilson, (D-OH)
Date of Prayer: 04/26/2007

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

(Mr. WILSON of Ohio asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. WILSON of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I welcome my good friend, Monsignor George Coyne , to the Congress this morning.

I have known Monsignor Coyne since I was a young boy and he was a student in the seminary. At that time, he was also working for my grandfather in our family business. My entire family came to know him well. Monsignor Coyne set such a good example that his brothers, Jerry and Tim, followed him as employees of our family business.

Even back then, Monsignor carried a deep faith and a commitment to serving others in our community, which he has all of his life as a priest. All of these years later, his faith and commitment are more evident than ever. Today, Monsignor Coyne serves the parishioners at two churches in eastern Ohio: Saint Joseph Church in Tiltonsville, and Saint Lucy Church in Yorkville.

Just as I have, parishioners at Saint Joseph and Saint Lucy have witnessed Monsignor Coyne's passion firsthand. Today the Congress and the viewers across the Nation have had their chance to see what makes Monsignor Coyne such a special person. For that I am deeply grateful.

In closing, I would like to thank Monsignor Coyne for joining us here today and for his years of dedicated service to the people of eastern Ohio.
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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

We gather in this special place this morning, aware of our dependence upon our Creator for the spiritual gifts needed to conduct the affairs of this great nation. Elected Officials are called by God through the voice of the People to work for peace and justice.

Almighty God, empower these men and women of the Congress with knowledge and wisdom so that they will lead and govern your people in the right way.

Be with them today in the deliberations and the decisions they will make. Guide them so that they will always keep the Common Good as their first priority. Help them always to be aware of your presence in their lives.

Creator God, we ask your special blessing on all World Leaders. May they work together to end Terrorism. May they be instruments for Peace in our world.

We ask your Blessing on our President. Bless our Senators. Bless the Men and Women of this Congress. Bless all who assist in the operation of our government. Bless the People of our great nation. Keep each of us today and everyday in your loving care and protection. AMEN.

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