The Reverend Dr. Lloyd J. Ogilvie, former chaplain of the U.S. Senate, will return to St. Monica Catholic Church to deliver the homily at Good Friday services on March 25 in both the afternoon and evening.
Dr. Ogilvie will speak at both the 12:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. services, which will include the Reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Communion. He also spoke at last year’s services, as part of the parish’s ecumenical outreach.
The author of more than 50 books, he served as Senate chaplain from 1995 to 2003, during which a presidential impeachment, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the launch of the Iraq war took place.
A Senate resolution, which was passed in January described Dr. Ogilvie as “someone upon whom Democrats and Republicans, men and women of different religious faiths, can count as a sympathetic and trusted advisor.”
As chaplain, he served 6,000 legislative workers on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was senior pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian Church. He is now president of Leadership Unlimited.Non-Catholics as well as St. Monica parishioners and other Catholics are invited to join the services. St. Monica’s is located on California Avenue at Seventh Street.