The Rev. Luis Leon (VTS ’77) serves as rector of St. John’s Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. He began his tenure at St. John’s in 1995 after serving in parishes in Wilmington, Delaware; Paterson, New Jersey; and Charlotte, North Carolina. His spiritual journey began when he was baptized into the Episcopal Church in Guantanamo, Cuba. In 1961 he came to the United States as part of the “Peter Pan” flights out of Cuba. He was 12 years old when he arrived in the U.S. and was supported by the Episcopal Church in Miami. Now he serves the parish that is often called “the President’s church” because of its location immediately across from the White House. And Luis Leon has had the unique privilege of participating in two presidential inaugurations, offering the invocation for George W. Bush’s inaugural in 2005 and the benediction for Barack Obama’s inaugural in 2013. We’re pleased to share both prayers here, along with some reflections by Luis that he shared in a wide-ranging conversation earlier this year with Alumni Director Shelagh Casey Brown.