Senate Chaplin Announces Resignation Plans

Nov 20, 2002 03:00 AM EST

The 61st Chaplain of the U.S. Senate announced his plans to resign on March 15, after 8 years of service. Chaplain Lloyd J. prepares to move to California after his resignation.

Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott describes Ogilvie as a "watchful shepherd" and trusted confidant to many lawmakers.

"Never content simply to be 'on call' to the needs of senators and staff, he had brought us together," Lott said. "We say to Lloyd Ogilvie what someone far greater than we will one day declare, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant.'"

"He has been a real source of strength and comfort for countless members of the Senate family, from senators and staffers to elevator operators," said Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

Ogilvie began his chaplaincy in early 1995 at the age of 64, under the auspices of then-senate majority leader Bob Dole, and the Senate. Ogilvie became the minister of First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, Calif. in 1972, where he served until his Senate appointment in 1994.

The author of more than 40 books, Ogilvie also developed a national television ministry, and will continue to "pursue his lifelong calling of speaking, teaching and writing," David Corn, the chaplain's chief of staff, said in a statement Friday. Corn said Ogilvie's wife, recovering from a lung ailment, was moved to a Los Angeles respiratory hospital in October.

By Pauline J.