The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago

Est. 1934

The Catholic Lawyers Guild is a Chicago-based bar association that is organized to promote the social, intellectual, temporal and spiritual welfare of its members.

89th Annual Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit & Reception

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

5:15 pm CT
Holy Name Cathedral
735 N State St.
Chicago, IL 60654 

6:30 pm CT
Loyola University Chicago
Corboy Law Center | Kasbeer Hall
25 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago would like to invite all lawyers, judges, and law professionals to the 89th Annual Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit, traditionally known as the Red Mass. The Red Mass has been celebrated annually in churches throughout the world since the twelfth century. It brings together members of the community from all faith traditions to pray for all those responsible for the administration of justice. Learn more about our event, the 2023 Red Mass honorees at

If you have questions or would like more information, please email 

Welcome from our 2023-2024 CLG President!

James Murray

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Providing opportunities for reflection and union with God has been a crucial part of the Guild’s life, accomplished through retreats, days of recollection, and the Red Mass.

God has been a crucial part of the Guild’s life, accomplished through retreats, days of recollection, and the Red Mass.


Some notable services provided by the Guild have been pro bono service to immigrants at the request of Cardinal Samuel Stritch in the 1960s and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1970s , the hearings on sexual abuse conducted at the request of Cardinal Francis George in 2002, and our recent adoption of the Catholic Charities Legal Clinic as a service opportunity for our members.


Annually we organize the Red Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, the Mass that has opened the Fall Term for courts since 1245 A.D. asking the Holy Spirit’s help for lawyers and judges. In tandem with the Red Mass, we celebrate with a reception with lawyers who have incarnated Christ in the world through their work.

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