The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
New York, NY

Sponsor: Rep. Adriano Espaillat, (D-NY)
Date of Prayer: 02/06/2020

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. ESPAILLAT. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to welcome Monsignor Kevin
Sullivan as a guest chaplain here today.

Monsignor Sullivan is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities
for the Archdiocese of New York.

Monsignor Sullivan also represents Catholic Charities agencies in
public policy discussions about immigration, welfare reform, job development, and foster care. He joins us on a day when we welcome more than 500 Dominican Americans from around the country to celebrate Dominican heritage and discuss civic engagement and issues affecting
the Dominican community across the country.

A native of the Bronx, the Monsignor served as a parish priest at St.
Elizabeth's Church, my church, in Washington Heights, which is home to a historic and thriving Dominican American community.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Monsignor Sullivan for his service to our community and to all New Yorkers and I am proud to see him give the invocation in the House of Representatives today.
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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Dear God, perhaps our petitions weary and tire You but, as Your children, to whom else do You suggest we turn for guidance, strength and consolation. So, God, let's make a deal: If You hear our prayer, we will heed Your wisdom, or at least try to.

In the midst of darkness, You are light; enlighten us. In the midst of discord, You are harmony; mend us.

When we swagger with self–righteousness, remind us that You are righteousness. When we hasten to justify ourselves, remind us You are our justification.

We thank You, God, for the blessings of vibrant, industrious newcomers from many nations that make our Nation stronger.

When, in our shadows, we despair; create hope in Your brightness. When, in our frailty, we doubt; give us faith in Your strength. When, out of fear and ignorance, we hate, make us wise and secure in Your love.

God, please, faith, hope, and love, without end.
Amen.

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