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Chaplain to U.S. House of Representatives speaks at UDM

October 08, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy’s Political Science department and University Ministries welcomes Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives Pat Conroy, S.J., to speak on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 12:45 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, room 113.

Fr. ConroyFr. Conroy will reflect on his life as a Jesuit and discuss his compelling journey from high school teacher in Portland, OR, to being sworn in as the 60th chaplain to the United States House of Representatives.

Conroy graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1972, and attended Gonzaga University Law School for one year before entering the Jesuit Order in 1973. As a Jesuit scholastic, Fr. Conroy earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, a J.D. from St. Louis University, a M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (CA), and an S.T.M. from Regis College of the University of Toronto in Missiology. Fr. Conroy was ordained a priest in 1983 in Seattle, WA.

Fr. Conroy served four villages on the Colville and Spokane Indian Reservations from 1984 to 1989. After a year of working for the national Jesuit Office of Social Ministries in Washington, D.C., he began a career of university chaplaincy, primarily directing student retreats at Georgetown University and Seattle University.

In May of 2011, he was nominated as the 60th chaplain to United States House of Representatives by Speaker of the House John Boehner, in consultation with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and was elected by the House and sworn in by the Speaker on May 25, 2011.

The event is open to the public with no RSVP necessary. For additional event information, contact David Nantais, director, University Ministry at 313-993-1560 or

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