Annual Red Mass for Supreme Court Justices, Judges and Government Officials

September 28, 2007

Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan will be the principal celebrant and homilist for this year’s Red Mass, held on the Sunday before the Supreme Court’s fall session opens to pray for justices, judges, attorneys and senior government officials:

Sunday, September 30, 2007
10:00 a.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC

(Seating for credentialed journalists available inside. No cameras inside; camera set-up across Rhode Island Avenue from the main entrance.)

The Red Mass invokes God’s blessings and guidance in the administration of justice under the power of the Holy Spirit, and is a tradition that dates back many centuries to Rome, Paris and London. The name comes from the color of the vestments worn by the celebrants and the color of fire, a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

At a brunch following the Mass, local attorneys will be honored with Pro Bono Legal Awards in recognition of volunteer service. Each year, $10 million in pro bono legal services are donated to people in need through the Archdiocesan Legal Network.

Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1976, Archbishop Dolan was appointed as the Archbishop of Milwaukee in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, and serves as the spiritual leader for 675,000 Catholics worshipping in more than 200 parishes. As a young priest, he served in parish ministry and received a doctorate in American Church History. In 1987 he joined the staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC, then became vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis from 1992-1994 and rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy from 1994-2001. In that position, he oversaw the formation of hundreds of seminarians preparing for diocesan priesthood in the United States.

The Red Mass and Pro Bono Legal Awards are sponsored each year by the John Carroll Society, a Washington area organization that provides spiritual, intellectual, charitable and social opportunities for Catholic professionals.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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