House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) says he will nominate the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, a Catholic priest and a former chaplain at Georgetown University, as the next House chaplain.

Conroy, 60, who teaches theology at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., would succeed the Rev. Daniel Coughlin, who retired last month after 11 years and was the first Roman Catholic priest to serve as chaplain.

Conroy would be the 60th House chaplain. The duties include opening each session with a prayer, presiding over memorials and other ceremonies, and providing pastoral counseling.

Conroy entered the Society of Jesus in 1973 and was ordained in 1983. His nomination is expected to go to the full House this month.