Jesuit to Pray at GOP Convention

Not to be outdone by the Democratic Conventioneers, who have asked Sister Catherine Pinkerton to lead them in prayer, the Republican National Committee announced this today:

Father Edward A. Reese, S.J., president of Brophy Prep in Phoenix, will give the opening invocation at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul on September 3. Two sons of Cindy and John McCain went to Brophy Prep, and Mrs. McCain is a member of Brophy’s board of regents.  Son Jimmy joined the Marines and served in Iraq while Jack went to the Naval Academy.
 
"The McCains have been generous supporters of Brophy," said Father Reese. "I am also pleased by his support of vouchers for Catholic schools like Brophy."
 
When asked if he was endorsing McCain for president, Father Reese responded, "Catholic priests should pray for anyone and everyone, but I don’t think we should endorse or campaign for political candidates."

Father Edward Reese is the brother of Thomas J. Reese, former editor of America and senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. Both are Jesuit priests.

James Martin, S.J.
Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
9 years 4 months ago
My sister Theresa went to Xavier Preparatory in Phoenix which is the school for girls next door to Brophy Prep. I hope in his prayer, Fr. Reese mentions the need for a more just immigration system. I am Chicano so it is one of my political priorities. I am delighted that a Jesuit is offering a prayer at one of the Conventions. I have never lived in Phoenix but I often go there to visit my sister who does live there. My sister is a Democrat and her husband is a Republican. In San Francisco where I live, it would be very unusual to have this kind of a mix marriage. Virtually everybody who lives in San Francisco is a Democrat. God bless all of us! Michael
9 years 4 months ago
In the the game of political prayer poker, I guess a Jesuit trumps a Josephite. Will the Democrats see their Josephite and raise an Archbishop?

Advertisement
Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Pro-life advocates participate in the annual March for Life in Washington January 2017. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Describing abortion as a “key social evil” in the United States, the Jesuits say: “The most fundamental building block of a just social order is respect for human life.”
America StaffJanuary 19, 2018
Men carry a replica of Peru's most revered religious icon, the "Lord of Miracles," during an Oct. 18, 2017 procession in Lima. Each year thousands of Catholics gather to commemorate the image's survival in a 17th-century earthquake that destroyed Lima. (CNS photo/Mariana Bazo, Reuters)
Father Ernesto Cavassa was provincial of the Jesuits in Peru from 1998 to 2004, and president of the Conference of Latin American Jesuit Provincials from 2005 to 2012.
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
For over 45 years, Feminists for Life has been committed to ending the practice and legality of abortion and promoting the feminism of Susan B. Anthony.
Serrin M. FosterJanuary 18, 2018
A President Donald Trump supporter is see seen at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 27. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
During their tenure in office, President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush all addressed the march via telephone or a radio hookup from the Oval Office.
Catholic News ServiceJanuary 18, 2018