Rev. Patrick Conroy, S.J., to present public lecture Sept. 24

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 11:45am

MOBILE, Ala. - The Rev. Patrick Conroy, S.J., chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives, will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 in the LeBlanc Ballroom of the Spring Hill College student center.

Conroy is a Jesuit of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus. He has degrees from Claremont McKenna College, Gonzaga University, Saint Louis University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (Ca.), and the University of Toronto.

Conroy was ordained a priest in 1983 in Seattle, Wash. During his years of training, he practiced law for the Colville Confederated Tribes in Omak, Wash., and represented Salvadoran refuges for the Conference of Catholic Bishops' Immigration Office in San Francisco. He has not practiced law since 1985.

After ordination Conroy served four villages on the Colville and Spokane Indian Reservation from 1984 to 1989. He worked many years in university chaplaincy, primarily directing student retreats at Georgetown University and Seattle University.

In 2003, Conroy was transferred to Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., and taught freshman theology there until his election as the 60th chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 25, 2011.

The talk is free and open to the public.