Father DeSocio gives prayer for House session - Catholic Courier

Father DeSocio gives prayer for House session

Father John DeSocio made a notable appearance on April 20, delivering the opening prayer for that day’s session of the House of Representatives at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Father DeSocio, pastor of Elmira’s St. Mary Southside Parish, recited what is commonly known as the Prayer of St. Francis (“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace … “). Shortly thereafter, Rep. Thomas Reed — who represents New York’s 23rd District that includes Elmira — noted to the House gathering that he was hosting Father DeSocio’s appearance. Reed then shared a brief biography of Father DeSocio, who was ordained in 1978 as a priest of the Diocese of Rochester.

“Father DeSocio has committed his life to both his faith and his country, displaying an extraordinary level of service and dedication to others,” remarked Reed, who made special note of Father DeSocio’s role as a U.S. Navy Reserve chaplain from 1992-2009. “He is a pillar in our community, Mr. Speaker (Rep. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House), and we are tremendously honored to have him with us here today.”

Father DeSocio’s prayer and Reed’s statement were broadcast on the C-Span network. The video can be viewed at www.c-span.org/video/?c4589048/rev-john-desocio.

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