2017 Red Mass & Reception

THE CATHOLIC LAWYERS
GUILD OF CHICAGO


cordially invites you, your family and other guests to attend the eighty-third Annual Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, traditionally known as

THE RED MASS

DATE & TIME:
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
5:15pm

LOCATION:
Holy Name Cathedral
735 N. State St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Mass celebrated by Blase Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago.

This year’s reception will honor:
2017 Lawyer of the Year: 
R. Matthew Simon
Lifetime Achievement Award: Patrick A. Salvi

Reception following Red Mass
Loyola University Chicago
Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, Illinois

 


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A HISTORY OF THE RED MASS

As we begin each judicial year, the Catholic Lawyers Guild sponsors the traditional Red Mass at the Holy Name Cathedral in honor of St. Thomas More and St. Ives, patron saints of the legal profession, to ask for divine guidance in the proper representation of clients and in the proper administration of justice in the courts and in public office.

The Red Mass has a rich history. First celebrated in the chapel of Sainte Chapelle in Paris in the year of 1245 and begun in England about 1310 during the reign of Edward I, the entire bench and bar attended the Mass together at the opening of the Michaelmas term of court. The Mass was celebrated in honor of the Holy Spirit for which red vestments are worn. The Judges of the High Court, who were all doctors of the law, also wore red robes or academic hoods. With so many participants in red, the celebrations became irrevocably known as the Red Mass.

Today the Red Mass is attended by judges, lawyers, and officials of all faiths asking God to bless, strengthen and enlighten our civic and religious leaders, all servants of the law and all people of faith so that in cooperation and mutual trust, we may effectively achieve justice and freedom for all.