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Red Masses mark start of legal term

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The tradition of the Red Mass, which commemorates the beginning of the legal term each fall and blesses members of the legal community, continues in Indiana. Typically the Red Mass takes place in a Catholic church but is open to people of all faiths.

The Allen County Bar Association posted on its website that all lawyers, judges and civil government officials are invited to that community’s annual Red Mass at 9 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The mass will be followed by a brunch.

Theresa Farnan, author and adjunct faculty member of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, will speak at the brunch, and reservations are required. For additional information and to make a reservation, contact the communications office of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese at (260) 744-0012.

In South Bend, the St. Joseph County Bar Association’s September newsletter mentioned that legal community’s annual Red Mass was celebrated at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame Sept. 27. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend and the Notre Dame Law School welcomed all lawyers, judges, and government officials to the event.

In Indianapolis, the Red Mass was celebrated at St. John’s Church Sept. 20. It was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the St. Thomas More Society, and Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein presided for blessings on members of Indianapolis’ legal community.

Another Red Mass in Indiana, which includes members of the legal community in Evansville, traditionally takes place around the time of their Law Day events in the spring. This year’s Red Mass took place April 30 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Evansville and was hosted by the St. Thomas More Society of Southwestern Indiana.•
 

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