"May their contributions over the years never be forgotten and always appreciated, and may all pages find in their life pursuit the fulfillment of their giftedness and desire in continued service to others," Conroy added.
Conroy's prayer was the bulk of Tuesday's pro forma session, the second such session since Congress went on its break. There is no formal recess this August because House Republicans threatened to reject the Senate's request to recess, over fears that it could lead the Obama administration to make recess appointments.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) presided over Tuesday's pro forma session, and Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.) is scheduled to preside over Friday's session.