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6/7/2013 10:22:00 AM
Archbishop asks God to help lawmakers
Photo courtesy of Roger Martin
Sen. President Peter Courtney and Archbishop Alexander Sample at Oregon Capitol.
Photo courtesy of Roger Martin
Sen. President Peter Courtney and Archbishop Alexander Sample at Oregon Capitol.

SALEM — Archbishop Alexander Sample visited the Oregon Capitol June 4 to give invocations in the Senate and House of Representatives.

In his prayer, the archbishop asked God to help lawmakers work for the common good.

"O God you are the source of all goodness and of every blessing under the heavens," Archbishop Sample said. "We humbly ask you to anoint with your wisdom and guidance these legislators who have offered themselves in service of your people. May the they deliberate with charity and decide in accord with justice the matters before them in this session. Be present in their minds and hearts. Anoint their ears and tongues so that all they say and hear will be in accord with your will and be for the good of the people, whom they represent and serve. Help them to set aside all pride and self interest and to seek the common good of our society in accord with your plan for your children."

Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Southwest Portland, hosted Archbishop Sample in the House. Introducing him to colleagues, she referred to him as a kind of rock star and noted that he lives in her district.

Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, was the archbishop's host in the Senate, where Catholic lawmakers convened for a reception.

In attendance at the reception were House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, a Lane County Democrat; Rep. Cliff Bentz, an Ontario Republican; Rep. Margaret Doherty, a Tigard Democrat; Rep. Joe Gallegos, a Hillsboro Democrat and past chairman of Catholic Charities; Rep. Ben Unger, a Hillsboro Democrat; Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson, a Portland Democrat; Senate President Peter Courtney, a Salem Democrat; Sen. Betsy Close, an Albany Republican; and Sen. Fred Girod, a Stayton Republican.

"He shook more hands than any of the politicians in residence and left a very positive impression on everyone he met," says Roger Martin, who represents the Oregon Catholic Conference at the capitol.

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