Red Masses fill fall calendar in Indiana

Continuing a tradition that dates from 1245, Red Masses will be celebrated in Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Zionsville at the start of October. Each mass will be followed by either a reception or dinner with featured speakers from Indiana’s legal community. People of all faiths are welcome.

The St. Thomas More Society of Central Indiana will host a Red Mass Oct. 1 at the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Archbishop Charles Thompson will lead the service, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at Assembly Hall in the Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian St.

Retired Chief Justice Brent Dickson and his wife, Jan Aikman Dickson, will be honored. Society President Patrick Olmstead outlined the honorees’ contributions to the Indiana legal profession, including Dickson’s efforts to promote civility and Jan Dickson’s work supporting attorneys, judges and their families.

“They’re just good people,” Olmstead said.

The cathedral is new location for the Circle City event. For the past several years, the mass has been held at St. John the Evangelist in downtown Indianapolis. However, Olmstead, said the new location is more easily accessible and will offer free parking, which allowed the price to drop to $40 per person for the dinner.

Reservations are still being taken. For more information, click here.

Fort Wayne – South Bend
Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend celebrate at each of the Red Masses hosted by the St. Thomas More societies of South Bend and of Fort Wayne.

The first will be at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame Sept. 30. Mass will start at 5:15 p.m. followed by a reception in Eck Commons of the Notre Dame Law School. Rhoades and G. Marcus Cole, the new dean of the law school, will make a few remarks. For more information, contact [email protected]

The second will be at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne Oct. 1. Mass will begin at 5:30 p.m.  followed by a reception at the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center. Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will be the keynote speaker.

The cost for the dinner is $40 per person. Reservations are due no later than Sept. 23 and can be made by calling 260-422-4255.

Finally, the Diocese of Lafayette will celebrate its fourth annual Red Mass Oct. 7 at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church in Zionsville.

The service will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Bishop Timothy Doherty officiating. A dinner will follow, featuring keynote speaker Judge James Patrick Hanlon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Reservations are due by Sept. 27. More information and registration for the dinner can be found here. 

Evansville and Gary
Neither the Diocese of Evansville nor the Diocese of Gary will be hosting Red Masses this fall. Gary has decided to forgo the annual event while it is awaiting the appointment of a new bishop. Both dioceses hope to resume the tradition in 2020.

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