Former Routt principal will be in D.C. for Pope address

By Gary Scott on September 18, 2015 at 7:26am

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is inviting a former Routt Catholic High School Principal for Pope Francis’ address to a joint meeting of Congress in Washington.

Durbin announced in a press release earlier this week he’s invited Sister Philip Neri Crawford, a sister from the Dominican Order in Springfield, as his sole guest for the Pope’s address next Thursday. It’ll be the first time a Pope has ever addressed a joint meeting of Congress.

Crawford was Routt’s principal from 1983 to 1990. She spoke this week to our reporting partners at WICS ABC Newschannel 20.

“I’m really going as a representative of all of the sisters in the State of Illinois, and particularly, my own Dominican sisters here in Springfield. I’m just a representative who was fortunate to be chosen for this particular honor,” says Crawford.

Durbin said in a press release, “Sister Philip is a good friend who has given her life to the Dominican Order… she and her sister nuns deserve special recognition and thanks for giving their lives to the good works of the Church. I’m honored to have her join me for Pope Francis’ historic address.”