Kenneth Hutchins, a member of the Mormon church and friend of Mitt Romney's, will deliver the invocation on the night Romney accepts his party's nomination at the Republican National Convention.
The Desert News broke the story yesterday of how Romney's son Tagg made the call to Hitchens:
Hutchins, 71 and retired, is battling cancer and just completed a round of chemotherapy. He had not been out of his pajamas for three days when he received a call at home from Mitt's son, Tagg, on Monday morning.
"What are you doing right now?" Tagg asked.
"I'm not feeling very well," Hutchins told him. "But I'm cheered up hearing your voice."
"I'm going to cheer you up even more," Tagg Romney said, "because my dad would like you to give the opening prayer on the closing night of the convention down in Tampa."
To officially end the convention, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, frequently seen on Fox News, will give the closing prayer, according to the New York Times.
Despite having sued the Obama administration over religious rights, a spokesman for Dolan said the cardinal would be willing to speak at the Democratic convention if they were to invite him.