87th Annual Votive Red Mass

Monday, October 4, 2021
5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CT


Holy Name Cathedral
730 N Wabash Ave,
Chicago, IL 60611

Masks are required to attend in person.

Virtual via Livestream

Livestream details will be sent prior to the event and available on this webpage.


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.

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

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

A Message from Our President

Judge Edward Washington II

News from the Community

From NPR

Illinois Is The 1st State To Tell Police They Can’t Lie To Minors In Interrogations

Senate Bill 64 makes anything said or done during restorative justice practices privileged information. (Restorative justice involves meetings among offenders, victims and others in the community with the goal of identifying and repairing the harm and moving forward.)

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.


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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