Red Masses scheduled around the state

Catholic dioceses around Indiana are preparing to celebrate the traditional Red Mass in coming weeks.

Special receptions will follow each service and feature keynote speakers discussing an array of topics of interest to the legal community. Here are some of the scheduled events:

Northwest Indiana

The Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana will host its Red Mass at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 8303 Taft St., Merrillville. The Most Reverend Donald J. Hying will be the celebrant.

A complimentary breakfast and seminar will follow at 9 a.m. The Rev. David Link, professor emeritus at Notre Dame Law School and volunteer chaplain at northern Indiana’s prisons, will present “Representing the Least, the Last, the Lost and the Lonely.” Attorneys can earn one CLE/CPE credit.

Registrations may be made here. For questions or additional information, email Liz Metter or call 219-769-9292 ext. 290.


The St. Thomas More Society of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will host its annual Red Mass and Dinner Oct. 1. People of all faiths and professions are welcome.

The service will begin at 5:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 126 W. Georgia St. Archbishop Chares C. Thompson of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will celebrate the Roman Catholic liturgy.

A fundraising dinner will follow at 6:45 p.m. at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St. Jim McClelland, executive director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement for the State of Indiana, will be the keynote speaker. His remarks will continue the society’s focus this year on ways to confront the opioid crisis.

Tickets to the dinner are $75 per person or $600 per table and may be purchased here.


The Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana will host its Red Mass Oct. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The Most Reverend Timothy L. Doherty will be the celebrant.

A dinner reception for legal professionals will be held afterward at no cost. Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will be the speaker.

More information about the event and to register for the dinner can be found here.

Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese

In Fort Wayne, the Red Mass will be held Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S. Clinton St.

South Bend legal community will have its Red Mass Oct. 8 at 5:15 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the University of Notre Dame campus.

With its origins in Middle Ages Europe, the Red Mass asks the Holy Spirit for wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude and strength for lawyers and judges as the court begins a new term. The name is derived from the scarlet robes worn by the judge at that time and from the red vestments still worn by the mass’s celebrants today to symbolize the tongues of fire that descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost.


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