85th Annual Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 5:00pm
Holy Name Cathedral
735 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Water Tower Campus
The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago would like to cordially invite all lawyers, judges, and law professionals to the 85th Annual Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit, traditionally known as the Red Mass.
This year the Red Mass will be held at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, with a procession of judges and lawyers starting the service down the aisle of Holy Name Cathedral. If you are interested in joining the procession, please plan on arriving by 5:00 p.m. A reception will follow just a few short blocks away at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus, Kasbeer Hall. Appetizers and beverages will be served.
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. For almost ninety years, the Catholic Lawyers Guild together with the Archdiocese of Chicago has sponsored the Red Mass in Chicago. It is one of the largest gatherings of Guild members, their families, friends, and guests. We welcome all those who are involved in our legal system in any way, along with their families and friends. Please consider joining us for the beautiful event.
Parking: Due to construction at the Cathedral, parking is unavailable for this event. Public transportation and ride sharing is encouraged.
2019 Red Mass Sponsors
Lawyer of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Royal F. Berg
Law Offices of Royal F. Berg
Royal F. Berg is a graduate of Bradley University, and the John Marshall Law School. He is a sole practitioner, who has practiced immigration law in Chicago since 1984. He has served as the Co-Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, and of the Litigation Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. (AILA). He served for six years as an elected Director of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He also served for three years as the Chair of the Liaison between AILA and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and as a member of AILA’s Liaison Committee with the General Counsel of the (former) Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mr. Berg has also served as the Chair of the Greater Chicago Chapter of AILA, and as Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He is a founding Board Member of Immigrants’ List, a pro-immigrant, pro-immigration political action committee formed in 2006. He is also a Board member of the Farm Workers and Landscapers Advocacy Project and the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death penalty.
Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Berg was the Legal Services Administrator of the Chicago Office of Travelers and Immigrants Aid, (now called the National Immigrant Justice Center.) He has received two President’s Awards for his service nationally to AILA and received the Joseph Minsky Beacon of Light Award from AILA’s Chicago Chapter. He was the first recipient of the Edward Lewis Award from the Chicago Bar Association, honoring him for his pro bono work. He has also been honored for his service to Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Corp. He is a recipient of the Gaudium et Spes and the Road to Emmaus Awards from the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Pax et Bonum Award from St. Peter’s Church in the Loop. He has also been honored for his fundraising for the March of Dimes, and is a Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation. He has also served as Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.
Mr. Berg is a frequent lecturer and author in the field of immigration law. He has been a guest speaker at two national conferences of the United States Immigration Judges. Mr. Berg has represented immigrants and refugees in a number of complex cases litigated before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the United States District Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Berg represented Janina Wasilewski for her immigration case, which was depicted in the award winning documentary “Tony and Janina’s American Wedding-A Deportation Love Story.”
Thaddeus J. Makarewicz
Law Offices of Thaddeus J. Makarewicz
Thaddeus Jude Makarewicz was born in Detroit, Michigan and received his BA degree magna cum laude in History from the University of Detroit. Ted moved from Detroit to Chicago to attend Lewis University College of Law, now known as Northern Illinois University College of Law and was sworn in as an attorney on May 1, 1980.
Ted has recently retired as chief legal counsel to the Assessor of Cook County but still practices law from his law office in the Loop.
Special Service Award
This award is not given regularly, but granted to attorneys who engage in exceptional service to the community and Church at times of special need.
President and CEO
Instituto del Progreso Latino