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Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin11/13/06
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Lord God of the Universe, we praise You and bless You as the 109th Congress gathers to resume its work in serving this nation.

Grant all the Members of this assembly wisdom, prudence and courage as these words of Moses are taken to heart and You pour forth Your Spirit upon two new members as well. "If you will only obey the Lord your God, by diligently observing all the commandments that I enjoin on you today; the Lord your God will raise you high above all the nations of the earth. Every blessing shall come upon you and overwhelm you, if only you obey the Lord your God."

With renewed faith, we place all our trust in You and give You glory by our words and deeds both now and forever.


The Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin

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Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin was born on November 8, 1934. After graduating from St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, Illinois with an STL degree in Sacred Theology, Coughlin was ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 3, 1960. For the next five years he served as an Associate Pastor for St. Raymond Parish in Mount Prospect, Illinois, before becoming an Associate Pastor at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral. In 1968 Coughlin received a degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. The following year he was appointed as the first Director of the Office for Divine Worship. Coughlin was responsible for supervising the liturgical renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council as it was to be implemented in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

In 1984 Coughlin took a year long sabbatical, during which he studied Eastern and Western religions. For five months he lived with the Trappist monks of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. He then worked with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. During the following year he served as scholar in residence at North American College, located in the Vatican City in Rome, Italy.

From 1985-1990 Coughlin was pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in La Grange, Illinois. He then became Director of the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein, Illinois. In 1995 he began working as Vicar for Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago under Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and later Francis Cardinal George. He held that position until he was sworn in as Chaplain.

When Speaker of the House, the Honorable Dennis Hastert, turned to Cardinal George as he searched for a new chaplain for the House, one of the names the Cardinal proposed was Father Coughlin. First interviewed on March 13, 2000 Coughlin was sworn in as the fifty-sixth Chaplain for the 106th Congress on March 23, 2000.

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The Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin, Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives
HB25 The Capitol - Washington, DC 20515-6655
Phone: (202) 225-2509 - Fax: (202) 226-4928