Votive Red Mass

87th Annual Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit
Monday, October 4, 2021 | 5:15 p.m. CT
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
In-person and Virtual Event

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago would like to invite all lawyers, judges, and law professionals to the 87th 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.

We invite colleagues of all faiths, their families, friends and guests to join us. This year the Catholic Lawyers of Chicago will bestow four awards to members of our Chicago legal community, including a sitting judge. Judge Ramon Ocasio III, Circuit judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will be honored with the Catholic Lawyer of the the Year for his dedication to public service. Attorneys Matthew Simon and Elizabeth Clarke will both be honored with the Guild’s Special Service Award. Simon for his dedication to Restorative Justice and the passage of SB 64. Clarke will be honored for her commitment to ensuring human rights for all children and young adults in conflict with the law through her work with the Juvenile Justice Initiative. Professor Michael Seng, co-executive director of UIC John Marshall Law School’s Fair Housing Legal Support Center & Clinic, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his long career of work focused on discrimination in housing and our Chicago community.

Procession of Judges: The in-person component of our event will include the traditional procession of judges. We encourage any Judge who wishes to particpate to arrive with robes to Holy Name Cathedral at 5 p.m.

If you have questions or would like more information, please email admin@clgchicago.org 


There is no cost to attend this virtual event, but we do encourage you to make a registration donation if you are able.

Red Mass Livestream

2021 Red Mass Honoress

Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael P. Seng
Director, Fair Housing Legal Support Center, UIC John Marshall Law School 

Catholic Lawyer of the Year
Hon. Ramon Ocasio III 
 Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court
of Cook County
Special Service Award
Elizabeth “Betsy” Clarke 
Founder, Juvenile Justice Initiative 
Special Service Award
 R. Matthew Simon 
 President, Helen V. Brach Foundation 

2021 Red Mass Sponsors

James J. Convery
Alisa & Kevin Murphy
Daniel R. Murray

Maura Slattery Boyle
Patricia Spratt
T. Nicholas Tyszka 

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2021 Red Mass, please contact admin@clgchicago.org