THE RED MASS 

The Red Mass is an adaptation of the Church’s age-old expression of dependence on God for the needs and institutions of the Courts and the Law. In particular, the Mass calls upon the Holy Spirit to grant light and inspiration to the attorneys in pleading cases and to the judiciary in adjudicating them.

The custom of a spiritual celebration for the Bench and Bar arose principally in England, France, and Italy in the early 13th century. The first recorded Red Mass was celebrated in 1245 in Paris, France. In England, the tradition of the Red Mass began in 1310 during the reign of Edward I. The entire Bench and Bar attended the celebration together at the opening of each term of Court. Since the celebrant for the Mass wore red robes, the celebration became popularly known as the Red Mass.

                




 
Our Nineteenth Annual Red Mass will take place on Sunday,  October 4, 2020.  Due to COVID-19, we will not be holding our traditional brunch and honoree event.  The Red Mass will be broadcast online and we will resume the brunch and honoree tradition in 2021.  Stay tuned for more information to follow on how to watch the 2020 Red Mass on television and online.  

On October 6, 2019, our Eighteenth Annual Red Mass was held at St. Michaels Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski presented our five outstanding honorees with the Saint Thomas More Medal. 
 
                 Congratulations Our 2019 Honorees:
 
ATTORNEY BRUCE E. DEVLIN

ATTORNEY ELLEN W. FREYMAN

ATTORNEY PATRICK J. MARKEY

DEACON / OFFICER ANGEL PEREZ

ATTORNEY BENJAMIN D. SIMANSKI