Father Coughlin received the 2001 Outstanding Illinoisan Award. Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin was Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. A native of Chicago's northwest side, Fr. Daniel P. Coughlin, was the first Roman Catholic priest in American history to be named chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. Fr. Coughlin, who was ordained a priest on May 3, I960, served as the Vicar for Priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1995 to 2000. The Vicar for Priests assists active priests of the Archdiocese with their spiritual, professional, and personal needs. Prior to that position, Fr. Coughlin served as director of the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein, IL. Also, he has been pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, LaGrange, IL; director of the archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship; associate pastor of Holy Name Cathedral; and associate pastor of St. Raymond Parish. He took a one-year sabbatical in 1984-1985 to study east-west religions, serve with missionaries in India and teach at the North American College in Vatican City. Fr. Coughlin attended St. Mary of the Lake University, Mundelein, IL, where he received a degree in Sacred Theology. He also holds a degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago. Father Coughlin served under speakers of both parties until his retirement in 2011. He was also the Chaplain for the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC for about 8 years.