The St. Thomas More Society sponsors the annual Red Mass in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The celebration of the Red Mass originated in Paris in 1245 and spread to England around 1310 to mark the opening of each Court term. The priests and the judges of the High Court wore red robes for the Mass, giving rise to its name. The tradition of the Red Mass has continued in the United States where judges and elected officials of all faiths seek God’s guidance in the administration of justice, including the annual celebration in Washington, D.C., where members of the United States Supreme Court join members of Congress and other officials to herald the opening of the Supreme Court’s term.
This year, the annual Red Mass will be celebrated on , at at St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Indianapolis. Mass will be con-celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, along with priests from throughout the Archdiocese.
Members of the judiciary are especially encouraged to attend. The judiciary are invited to bring their robes and gather at the back of the church at . Then, the judiciary will lead the procession at the start of the Mass, and will enjoy special seating during the Mass.
We hope that you will join us as our guests for this occasion. St. John the Evangelist Church is located at 126 W. Georgia Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225 (corner of Capitol and Georgia). If you are a member of the judiciary and plan to be a member of the procession, please RSVP to Patrick Olmstead at polmstead@patrickolmsteadlaw.
Or RSVP via mail
Please reply by September 30, 2013, and let us know if you will attend the mass, the dinner or both. You may reply or ask any questions using the contact information provided on this letter.
Red Mass Dinner
Following the Mass is a Reception and Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Union Station, located at 123 W. Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225. The Reception begins at and the Dinner begins at .
This year, the Man for all Seasons Award will be presented to Judge Gerald Zore, former presiding judge of the Marion Superior Court and current presiding judge of the Probate Division. He is also a former board member and past president of the St. Thomas More Society. The award is given annually to an individual whose life and work exemplifies the ideals of St. Thomas More. Archbishop Tobin will be the keynote speaker at the dinner.
Sponsorships are available at $500 per table. Sponsorships provide your firm with 8 seats at a 10 seat table. The other 2 seats will be allocated by the St. Thomas More Society to a member of the judiciary, clergy and/or a law student (all of whom attend the dinner for free). The generous sponsorships of this event last year permitted us to bring dozens of judges to the event, including four Indiana Supreme Court justices.
Your sponsorship can be confirmed by mailing a check payable to the St. Thomas More Society, c/o David Henn, Treasurer, 625 N. Madison Ave., Ste. A, Greenwood, IN 46142 by David.Henn@HHCFirm.com, 885-0041, or to Patrick Olmstead, at polmstead@patrickolmsteadlaw.
Once again, we wish to thank the 2012 Red Mass table sponsors (and members): Plews Shadley Racher & Braun (Chris Braun), Young & Young (Drew Young), Marian University (Drew Young), Hoover Hull LLP, Judge Dave Certo and Megan Certo, Ice Miller (Katherine Winchester), Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (Ida Lamberti), The Henn Law Firm (David Henn), Lewis Wilkins (Andrew Wells), Kroger Gardis Regas (Greg Cafouros), Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP (Tom O’Gara), Wagner Reese (Steve Wagner), Rocap Musser LLP (Dick Rocap), CMW, Inc. (Mark Gramelspacher), Midwest Financial Service (Larry Woods), Mercer and Belanger (Jay Mercer), and Phil Carson.