The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Jesse Reyes

San Jose Catholic Church
Saipan, MP

Sponsor: Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, (D-MP)
Date of Prayer: 10/13/2011

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. SABLAN. Today, I welcome Father Jesse T. Reyes, from the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa in the Northern Mariana Islands, as our guest chaplain.

Father Reyes, or ‘‘Pale Jesse'' as we say in the Marianas, was ordained in 2007. Since then, he has devoted himself to serving our people as the parochial vicar for the parish of San Jose in the village of Oleai.

Pale Jesse's ministry also includes serving as chaplain at the adult correctional facility, as vocation director for the diocese, and as the spiritual director for the Christian Mothers and the Divine Mercy prayer group.

I am very grateful that Pale Jesse was able to set aside that work for a few days to accept the invitation to be here. This marks the first time that a member of the clergy of the Northern Mariana Islands has offered the opening prayer for the U.S. House of Representatives; and it is, indeed, a great honor for the people of our islands––people of all creeds and denominations.

Welcome, Pale Jesse, and thank you for your blessings.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Gracious and loving Father, we thank You for this beautiful day.

We ask You to send Your Holy Spirit of good counsel and fortitude to all who make the law; enlighten their minds and their hearts to be moved with compassion and to be conducted in righteousness and be eminently useful to Your people over whom they represent.

May they have the courage to promote peace and harmony, and bring us the blessings of liberty and equality.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.


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