(House of Representatives - July 20, 2011)

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  (Mr. GARDNER asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. GARDNER. Mr. Speaker, today I rise before you to recognize the 
hard work and dedication of Archbishop Charles Chaput, who has served 
the Colorado Catholic community for over a decade. It was announced 
this week that he has been reassigned to lead the Archdiocese of 
Philadelphia. While I am saddened that Archbishop Chaput will be 
leaving our great State, he leaves behind a legacy of defending the 
innocent and helping the weak that we can all celebrate with pride.
  He first came to Colorado in 1977 to be pastor of Holy Cross Parish 
in Thornton. After many years of ministry, and having held various 
important positions in the Church, in 1977 Pope John Paul II appointed 
and installed him Archbishop of Denver. He has fought against anti-
Semitism and other forms of intolerance, working tirelessly to advance 
religious freedom around the globe. His outreach to the Hispanic 
community is second to none.
  I first met him at the Colorado State Legislature where I came to 
know him as a man of high integrity and deep, deep faith. I admire the 
archbishop's dedication to all people of faith.
  I'd like to offer him my most sincere thanks for all of his work in 
Colorado and wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.