The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Joseph L. Logrip

Immaculate Conception Church
Levittown, PA

Sponsor: Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, (R-PA)
Date of Prayer: 10/19/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. FITZPATRICK of Pennsylvania. Madam Speaker, I rise today to welcome to our Nation's Capitol and to this House Chamber Father Joseph Logrip of Immaculate Conception Parish in Levittown, Pennsylvania, and to thank him for offering this morning's prayer, a custom dating back to the Continental Congress, and one that is deeply embedded in the history and tradition of this body.

Father Logrip is a teacher, a pastor, and a spiritual leader. He has been a friend and mentor for me and for thousands of others. Father Logrip's contributions both in Bucks County and throughout our Commonwealth have made him an invaluable spiritual leader for Pennsylvanians of all faiths. Under his guidance as pastor, the Church of Immaculate Conception in Levittown, Pennsylvania has grown in size and in faith, and it has enriched the lives of its parishioners and also the community around it. Father has devoted his life to the well–being of his church. He is a man of the people in a working–class community. He is a great communicator, and he is a spiritual man who conveys his spirituality in a very gentle and unassuming way. We thank him for his service and for traveling to the Nation's Capitol this morning and for offering the morning's prayer.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Father, all–powerful and ever–living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks and praise.

You graciously share Your Governance with us, a Governance where life and freedom, worship and charity, justice and peace, work and ownership are foundational to Your eternal Plan.

How awesome this Governance! How demanding this task! Give us, we beseech You, the Gift of Wisdom, the great attendant at Your Throne, for Your Wisdom renders right judgment and integrity of heart.

Keep us safe and strong. Allow our governance to be pleasing in Your eyes and conformable to Your Commands. So we recognize You as the God of this Nation and the Lord of this land.

As always, we ask this through Christ our Lord.


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