(Sept. 12, 2019) – The annual Red Mass for the Diocese of Green Bay will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at 5 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. Bishop David L. Ricken will be the principal celebrant, and Bishop John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Marquette, will be the homilist. All are welcome to attend this Mass in gratitude for the work of the legal community and those who hold public office.
“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 reception and dinner sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of the Green Bay Diocese and will be held at Riverside Ballroom, 1560 Main Street, Green Bay. The cost to attend is $35 ($25 for members) and includes dinner.
This year’s speaker will be Most Rev. John F. Doerfler, STD, JCL, Bishop of Marquette. He will be presenting “The Obergefell Decision: How did we get here and where are we going?”
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Who we are: As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. 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.