Patty Murray invites Gonzaga graduate to watch pontiff

WASHINGTON – The frenzy surrounding Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States comes with an extra dose of excitement for one Washington native.

John Winslow, a recent Gonzaga University graduate, received Sen. Patty Murray’s one and only invitation to watch the pontiff address Congress on Thursday.

Originally from Issaquah, Winslow, 23, is in Washington, D.C., to work for an advocacy organization while strictly adhering to a minimalist lifestyle as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

After Winslow and the five people he shares a home with were profiled by the Washington Post, Murray and her chief of staff extended the offer last Wednesday.

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By: Kevin Graeler  September 24, 2015