Fall 2012: Sacred Politics

So Help Me God? Scriptural Authority and Public Conscience

Leading into the 2012 presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections in the United States, the fall quarter of the 2012–13 Bannan Institute will host a series of public lectures exploring Christian texts relevant to issues of significant public debate, and engaging major questions of authority, national identity, and public conscience.

Chaplain to the House

Capital Faith and Politics

by Pat Conroy, S.J. |

October 8, 2012 | 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center | MAP

In this luncheon lecture, Pat Conroy, S.J. will share stories from his experience serving as 60th Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. He will reflect on the role of the chaplain, how this position squares with the first amendment's proscription on establishing religion, and how he approaches his role as chaplain.  He will also consider the question: Is there faith among the politics, and how is that appropriately actualized?

Patrick Conroy, S.J.

Fr. Patrick Conroy, S.J. a Jesuit of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, has degrees from Claremont McKenna College, Gonzaga University St. Louis University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (CA), and the University of Toronto.  He was ordained a priest in 1983 in Seattle, WA.  During his years of training, Fr. Conroy practiced law for the Colville Confederated Tribes in Omak, WA, and represented Salvadoran refugees for the Conference of Catholic Bishops' Immigration Office in San Francisco, CA while studying theology.  He has not practiced law since 1986.  After ordination, Fr. Conroy served 4 villages on the Colville and Spokane Indian Reservations from 1984 to 1989.  He worked many years in university chaplaincy, primarily directing student retreats at Georgetown University for 4 years, Seattle University for 3 years, and again at Georgetown for 6½ years. Mid-year 2003, Fr. Conroy was transferred to Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, and taught freshman theology there until his election as the 60th Chaplain to United States House of Representatives on May 25, 2011.

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