The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Adam McHugh

Vitas Hospice Center
Covina, CA

Sponsor: Rep. David Dreier, (R-CA)
Date of Prayer: 02/28/2012

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. DREIER. Mr. Speaker, let me first extend my congratulations to John Sullivan for his extraordinary service to this institution over the last quarter century. We're going to have a chance to talk about one of the greatest, most incisive minds in this place––and the bar is not too high for that. He has been extraordinary. I want to congratulate Mr. Wickham as well, Mr. Speaker.

With that, I rise to say, on the 28th of June 1787, Benjamin Franklin, in the midst of the Constitutional Convention, said that they should call on the assistance of Heaven and have a prayer every day as the assembly began. That's a tradition that continues today, and it's one that has just been utilized by Reverend Adam McHugh, who is a very, very capable and thoughtful guy, who is from Upland, California. He is a prolific writer as well as serving as chaplain at the Vitas Hospice Center in Covina, California.

I've got to say also, Mr. Speaker, that I believe that we are making history here in that both the Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives––our dear friend, Father Patrick Conroy––and Reverend McHugh and Reverend McHugh's wife, Lindsay, and I are all graduates of a very small institution just to the east of Los Angeles known as Claremont McKenna College.

I believe that hearing from Reverend McHugh was wonderful, and I have a copy of his book that he has just given me here. I would like to enter into the Record, Mr. Speaker, a list of the publications that he has put forward and to say that he has one coming next year. We all look forward to that, and I hope I get an autographed copy of that one as well.



Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture (InterVarsity Press, 2009)

The Listening Life (InterVarsity Press, 2013)


‘‘Profile of Father Patrick Conroy, Chaplain of the U.S. House,'' CMC Magazine, November '11.

‘‘Hospitality for Those Who Would Rather Stay ‘In','' Conversations Journal, December 2011.

‘‘The Introverted Leader,'' Leadership Journal, August 2011.

‘‘The Phases of Writing,'' The Ooze, June 2011

‘‘A Mere Lump of Humanity?'' Internet Monk, June 2011

‘‘Why Pastors Should Get Their Heads Examined.'' Patheos, May 2011

‘‘The Introvert Brand,'' Patheos, March '11

‘‘Why Most Pastors Won't Tell the Truth.'' Church Leaders, Mar '11

‘‘The Writer as Madman and Mystic,'' Crosswalk, Dec '10

‘‘Are Happy Churchgoers Good News? The Washington Post, Dec '10

A Counter–Cultural Quiet in Advent,'' Patheos Dec '10

‘‘Meals that Change Your Life,'' Relevant Magazine Nov '10

‘‘Introverts in Evangelical America,'' The Washington Post Sept '10

‘‘Conversations with the Saints,'' Patheos Aug '10

‘‘The Ancient Art of Listening,'' Patheos June '10

‘‘Can Introverts Thrive in the Church?'' Catalyst Space May '10

‘‘Introverts in the Church,'' Ministry Today, January '10

‘‘Can Introverts Lead? Breaking Down Stereotypes,'' The Christian Century Nov '09


Westmont College Chapel, Santa Barbara, CA, April 2012.

Laity Lodge, Kearney, TX, July 2011.

Glenkirk Church, Glendora, CA, March 2011.

Irvine Presbyterian Church, Irvine, CA, September 2010.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Gracious God, we acknowledge and praise You on this day that You have made.

We are reminded that all power and authority ultimately come from You. We do not wield our own power, but we are stewards who have been entrusted with a greater power.

May the work that is done today in the Halls of the powerful be done on behalf of the powerless. Would You open our ears to listen to the needs and the cries of those who are seldom heard. May the strong voices today speak out for the sake of those with no voice.

Would You grant our leaders courage and wisdom to do what is right, and would You pour out on them a spirit of peace, love, kindness, and gentleness.


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