The Catholic Lawyer’s Guild welcomes our president for the 2021-2022 term,
Hon. Edward Washington II

The Hon. Edward Washington II (ret.) was sworn in as president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild, marking the first African American to lead the organization.  He served as a judge on the bench of the Circuit Court of Cook County for 15 years before retiring. Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman, U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, swore in Judge Washington as the 87th President at the virtual 2021 Annual Meeting May 26. 


News from the Community

From Catholic Star-Herald

Martyr symbolizes church’s condemnation of the mafia

Italian judge Rosario Livatino, who was killed by the Mafia in Sicily in 1990, was beatified on Sunday, May 9, 2021, the last stage before possible sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.


Prayer

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.

Service

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.

Celebration

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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