Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
TRIBUTE TO FATHER RAY DOHERTY
(Senate - February 06, 2017)
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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 20 (Monday, February 6, 2017)] [Pages S966-S967] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO FATHER RAY DOHERTY Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I would like to take a moment today to honor Father Ray Doherty, a fellow Michaelman and a pillar of the St. Michael's College community. Father Ray, as he is warmly known, exemplifies so many of the qualities we Vermonters hold dear. His compassion and leadership have contributed to a vibrant college campus and has inspired those beyond its borders. As a member of the Society of Saint Edmund, whose members founded the college in 1904, Father Ray has embodied a commitment to social justice throughout his lifetime of service. Father Ray first came to St. Michael's as a 17-year-old freshman. He spent his college years as both a student and an athlete, gracing the baseball program with his talents as pitcher before graduating in 1951. Father [[Page S967]] Ray then served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. It was there that Father Ray saw the importance of loyalty and strong leadership, leading him to join another brotherhood following his discharge. As an Edmundite priest for more than six decades, Father Ray had advised and supported countless students at Saint Michael's. His leadership on campus focuses on setting a good example through actions rather than words. Father Ray's commitment to social justice and involvement in campus service organizations has fostered peace and justice with in the college community. Though honored with an array of awards, including induction into the college's athletic hall of fame and the establishment of a scholarship in his name, Father Ray remains humble. His role as an administrator, leader, and friend is rooted in a sense of selflessness and an everlasting commitment to the community around him. To my friend Ray, I say, ``Semper Fi.'' The St. Michael's College Magazine recently highlighted Father Ray's service, and I ask unanimous consent that that featurette be printed in the Record. There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: Great Leaders Think of the Common Good (By Susan Salter Reynolds) Father Ray Doherty, SSE, served as a staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict, and has been an Edmundite priest in the campus ministry and on the Board of Trustees at Saint Michael's for half a century. He is, by all accounts, a much-loved and admired presence on the campus. ``What I look for in leadership is a good example,'' he says, paraphrasing St. Francis: ``It's not so much what you say as what you do.'' Father Ray can't help but point out that in this election season these words took on special meaning. ``Great leaders think of the common good,'' he says. ``They aren't in it just for themselves.'' Here at Saint Michael's, he says, ``We are blessed with the opportunity to lead by example.'' Father Ray believes that making people feel safe is an important part of good leadership. He admires the leadership of Pope Francis ``He is a man of action,'' Father Ray says, recalling a time when Pope Francis embraced a man with a very disfigured face. ``He didn't hesitate. This is an example of actions being more important than words.'' Humility is another raw ingredient of leadership, and Father Ray sees this quality on campus in many places, including the leadership of President Jack Neuhauser. ``He is extremely humble--always stands in the back for group photographs!'' Was the leadership Father Ray saw in the Marines different from the leadership he has experienced in civilian life? ``The training was strict,'' he says, ``but I might never have become a priest if I hadn't had that opportunity to think about things. There's a lot of love in military life. Many talk about love for their fellow Marines, about fighting maybe not for a cause or a country but in the moment for the guy next to you. You develop these bonds, this loyalty'' ``Leadership can also mean listening to the call. When I look back on my life I see so many surprising moments when I made decisions on my own or with God's help. As a Christian and a believer, I do believe that there is some guidance out there if we are open to it. We must be open to inspiration in order to he good leaders.'' ____________________