Drinan as Moral Leader
by house speaker nancy pelosi
When St. Francis of Assisi was asked what a person had to do to lead a good life, he replied, “Preach the Gospel. Sometimes use words.” This is the legacy of Father Robert Drinan. As a teacher, congressman, advocate, and minister, Father Drinan tirelessly preached through example what it means to live with courage, determination, and moral conviction.
He lived and legislated according to the ideals of faith and morality, coupling his devotion to the church with his conviction for progressive legislation. In keeping with his deep-seeded faith, he became one of our greatest champions of human rights and dignity.
Father Drinan’s call to serve others exemplified his life in politics, education, and the ministry. He led with a bold moral vision, which he helped to foster in thousands of students during his time at
Father Drinan once offered advice to a group of graduating Georgetown Law students. He said, “As I look out at all of you with your new and expensive law school educations, I would urge you to go forth into society not as mere legal tradesmen, but as moral architects. Design, create, and build a better and more equitable society; use your skills to help those who are otherwise not being served.”
Father Drinan presided over mass at
He challenged us with moral conviction and a pragmatic call to action, saying, “Imagine what the world would think of the
With the passing of Father Drinan, we must each continue to find the courage to lead our families, our communities, and our nation with the moral conviction he preached. Honesty, integrity, and the courage to stand up for what is right cannot be taught solely in a classroom, as Father Drinan knew, but must be exemplified in the everyday actions of everyday individuals.
The legacy of Father Drinan will remain steadfast, within the halls of Congress and the hearts and minds of the thousands of students he taught. I hope it is a comfort to all those who loved him, including the entire