Cicilline Welcomes North Smithfield Priest to Open U.S. House with Prayer, Serve as Guest Chaplain for Chamber

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) welcomed Father Philip G. Salois of North Smithfield to serve as Guest Chaplain for the House of Representatives today. The following is footage and a transcript of Father Salois’s prayer and Congressman Cicilline’s remarks on the House Floor:







Father Philip G. Salois


Opening Prayer on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives


Prayer as Delivered


February 27, 2019


Let us pray.

Almighty God, we gather here in these hallowed halls to give you praise and thanks on this day as our elected men and women begin their days’ work to discuss and vote on legislation that will improve the lives of American citizens.


Dear Lord, we beseech you to put forth your grace and blessings on all who gather to do the work that the people of America elected them to do.


We pray for peace and harmony when we disagree.


We pray for the strength and will to work out our differences and to come up with the best solutions that will benefit society as a whole.


Watch over and protect the men and women in uniform and safeguard them all from harm, and we pray you to bring them home safely to their family and friends.


We especially remember those who are held prisoners in foreign lands, those missing in action as we continue to seek them out, and bring them home to their loved ones.


We make this prayer in your name.






David N. Cicilline


Remarks Welcoming Father Philip G. Salois to Give the Opening Prayer


Remarks as Delivered


February 27, 2019


Thank you, Madam Speaker.


I rise today to recognize Father Philip Salois, who delivered today’s opening prayer.


Father Phil is a native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island and now lives in North Smithfield, Rhode Island – a community that I am proud to represent today in Congress.


He served our country in uniform during the Vietnam War as a combat infantryman, and he earned the Silver Star for his valor.


After his service to our country, Father Phil felt called to service in another capacity. He was ordained into the priesthood on June 10, 1984.


A few years later, Father Phil joined the Veterans Administration in Boston, where he served as Chief of the Chaplain Service from 1993 through 2015.


Today, he continues to minister to veterans in Rhode Island and all across America. We owe all of our servicemembers and their families an incredible debt of gratitude.


The men and women of the United States Armed Forces represent our country’s most important values of service, honor, courage, and sacrifice.


This is especially true of Father Phil, who represents the very best that our country and my home state of Rhode Island.


I thank him for his service to our country and for being here today to offer the beautiful opening prayer.


We are truly honored by his presence.


And with that, I yield back.



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