Homily from Annual Red Mass

October 03, 2007

Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was the principal celebrant and homilist for this year’s Red Mass, which was held on September 30, 2007, the Sunday before the Supreme Court’s fall session opened.

The Mass is held annually to pray for justices, judges, attorneys and senior government officials. 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.

Click here for Archbishop Dolan’s homily.

The Red Mass and Pro Bono Legal Awards given to local attorneys and law firms who donate legal services to area residents in need 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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