(House of Representatives - October 13, 2011)

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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the gentleman from the 
Northern Mariana Islands (Mr. Sablan) is recognized for 1 minute.
  There was no objection.
  Mr. SABLAN. Today, I welcome Father Jesse T. Reyes, from the Diocese 
of Chalan Kanoa in the Northern Mariana Islands, as our guest chaplain.
  Father Reyes, or ``Pale Jesse'' as we say in the Marianas, was 
ordained in 2007. Since then, he has devoted himself to serving our 
people as the parochial vicar for the parish of San Jose in the village 
of Oleai.
  Pale Jesse's ministry also includes serving as chaplain at the adult 
correctional facility, as vocation director for the diocese, and as the 
spiritual director for the Christian Mothers and the Divine Mercy 
prayer group.
  I am very grateful that Pale Jesse was able to set aside that work 
for a few days to accept the invitation to be here. This marks the 
first time that a member of the clergy of the Northern Mariana Islands 
has offered the opening prayer for the U.S. House of Representatives; 
and it is, indeed, a great honor for the people of our islands--people 
of all creeds and denominations.
  Welcome, Pale Jesse, and thank you for your blessings.