June 14, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 94 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
HONORING FATHER JIM SICHKO; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 94
(Extensions of Remarks - June 14, 2016)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E911] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING FATHER JIM SICHKO ______ HON. ANDY BARR of kentucky in the house of representatives Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Mr. BARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor a very special individual, Father Jim Sichko. He has served as Pastor of St. Mark Roman Catholic Parish in Richmond, Kentucky for the past twelve years. He leaves Richmond soon to begin a one-year appointment from Pope Francis as a Missionary of Mercy. Father Sichko is the youngest of five children. He received an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and performed as an opera singer before deciding to enter the priesthood. He studied theology at Sacred Heart School of Theology and was ordained into the Ministerial Priesthood of Jesus Christ on May 23rd, 1998. As pastor of St. Mark's Parish, Father Sichko is well known for his storytelling. He travels throughout the United States and presents retreats, missions, and days of recollection. He once disguised himself as a homeless man as part of his ministry. He authored a book entitled ``Among Friends.'' Father Sichko has invited many celebrities to his parish for fundraising events over the years, including Dolly Parton, First Lady Laura Bush, Donnie Osmond, and, most recently, Jay Leno. Father Sichko has made quite a difference in his parish and in the Richmond community. He will be greatly missed and I wish him well as he leaves to serve God in a different role. I am proud to recognize and honor him before the United States House of Representatives. ____________________