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Red Mass for Legal Community to be Held March 26

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (March 16, 2017) -- The annual Red Mass for the Diocese of Green Bay will be celebrated on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. The celebrant will be Bishop David L. Ricken.

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All are welcome to attend this Mass in gratitude for the work of the legal community and those who hold public office.

Blessed by Legal Community

"We are blessed to have our communities supported by dedicated women and men who serve in a wide variety of legal professions which include public office, judges, governmental officials, attorneys, legal staff and paralegals. We pray and ask for God's guidance in administering their office or position with wisdom, justice, fortitude, compassion and counsel," said Bishop David L. Ricken. "The Red Mass is a centuries old tradition named for the color traditionally worn by royal judges, now serving as a reminder of the Holy Spirit who descended as tongues of fire at Pentecost. The Mass will give us the opportunity to unite our prayers of thanksgiving and petition for these individuals and especially to ask God’s blessing upon them."

The Red Mass will be followed by the annual lunch sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of the Green Bay Diocese and will be held at Riverside Ballroom located at 1560 Main Street in Green Bay. Don't miss this unique opportunity to join us in prayer and to hear from one of today's outstanding moral and legal philosophers on some of the most important issues of the day. The cost of the meal is $35 ($30 for members).

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Professor Hadley Arkes to Speak at Lunch

This year's speaker will be Professor Hadley Arkes, the Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence at Amherst College, where he has taught for almost 50 years, and the founder and director of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding, located in Washington, D.C.

For more information and to register for the lunch and speaker, please visit and click on events, or mail your reservation and check to The St. Thomas More Society of Green Bay, P.O. Box 22336, Green Bay, WI 54305-2336. For further questions, call Paul Umentum at (920) 593-2646.


Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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