The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Gerald Baker

St. Ann Catholic Church
Morganfield, KY

Sponsor: Rep. Ed Whitfield, (R-KY)
Date of Prayer: 04/19/2012

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. WHITFIELD. Madam Speaker, I am delighted that, today, Father Gerald Baker, pastor of the St. Ann Catholic Church in Morganfield, Kentucky, gave our opening prayer .

He has served as pastor in Morganfield since 2003. Prior to that, Father Baker was also the pastor in my hometown of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where he was a wonderful community leader.

Among other things, he started the St. Luke's Free Clinic in Hopkinsville. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in 1983, and I might say that was the same year that our chaplain, Father Conroy, received his degree, also. He was ordained in 1983.

We are also delighted to have the eighth–grade class of the St. Ann Catholic Church with us this morning from Morganfield, and they will be taking a tour of the Capitol.

So, once again, I want to thank Father Baker for being with us today, for his leadership in our congressional district as well as in the State of Kentucky, and for the spiritual leadership he provides our citizens.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father, we thank You this day for Your many blessings to us as citizens of the United States of America: for our Nation, for our freedom, for our prosperity, for our heritage, for our defenders past and present, for the beauty of our land, for our families, for our faith in You, for all whom we love.

Keep us in Your watchful care. Make us strong as a people. Bless our unity. Bless our diversity. Bless this august body in its deliberations.

May God bless us every one.


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