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Rev. Daniel Coughlin (right) with his mother, Louise Coughlin and Congressman Rahm Emanuel at Wrigley Field.

Daniel P. Coughlin STL (born November 8, 1934) is the Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives. Appointed in March 2000, he is the first Roman Catholic priest to serve as House Chaplain.

Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin graduated from Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and then St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois with a degree in Theology. Coughlin was ordained for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago on May 3, 1960. In 1968 Coughlin received a degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago.

From 1985 to 1990 Coughlin was pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in La Grange, Illinois. He then became Director of the Cardinal Strich 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.

The Honorable Dennis Hastert interviewed Coughlin on March 13, 2000. Coughlin was sworn in as the fifty-ninth Chaplain for the 106th Congress on March 23.

Reverend Coughlin's Opening Prayer for June 18, 2008 represented a political departure from his characteristically impartial invocations with the entreaty: "End this water-boarding of America's fields and rural towns even if we can no longer define torture ourselves."

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