History of The Red Mass
The "Red Mass" is a historical tradition within the Catholic Church dating back to the thirteenth century when it officially opened the term of the court for most European countries.
The celebrants--government officials, lawyers and judges--would proceed into a church clothed in red vestments or red
garments, signifying the fire of the Holy Spirit's guidance to all who pursue justice in their daily lives.
This important historic tradition was introduced into the United States in 1928 in the Church of St. Andrew, located in New York City.
The Mass was presided over by His Eminence Patrick Cardinal
Haves, who strongly encouraged and supported the involvement of the legal community in spreading the Word of God.
The Red Mass is currently celebrated in dioceses throughout the United States, including many of the dioceses of Florida, to invoke God's blessing upon the members of the Bench, Bar, Legislature, Law Enforcement and Governmental agencies, all protectors and administrators of the Law.
The St. Thomas More Society of South Florida was officially founded on
December 14, 1989. A Red Mass was first celebrated in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, by His Excellency, Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy on February 10, 1990, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Since
that time it has been celebrated yearly, and it, as well as the reception that follows, is now one of the premier and largest-attended annual events for lawyers and judiciary in South Florida. At the reception each year, a distinguished speaker addresses an audience of as many as 580 attendees and The Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Award is presented to a member of the legal community who typifies the moral principles espoused by St. Thomas More.
Thomas More Society of South Florida
Annual Red Mass, Reception & Dinner
April 23, 2015
Mass Celebrated by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
Anthony Catholic Church
Reception - 7:00 P.M.
– 8:00 P.M.
Harbor Beach Resort
Valet & General Parking
Guest Speaker: Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio
Archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
Archbishop McCarthy Award Recipient: Posthumously to
Honorable Susan J. Anamony
Circuit Judge 17th Judicial Circuit Broward County, Florida
125.00 per person
- Deadline is April 15, 2015
Checks, made payable to “St. Thomas More Society”, to:
Daniel F.Tondella, Esq.,Treasurer
1995 East Oakland Park Blvd., Suite # 300
Lauderdale, FL 33306
Telephone: 954-565-2550 and
Professionalism Seminar – 3 Florida Bar CLE
[Date to be announced.]
This will be the 26th
St. Anthony Church
Red Mass Receptions and Dinners : PHOTOS
|The St. Thomas More Society's
"Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Award" Recipients: "The King's good servant-but God's first." |
Distinguished Speakers at Red Mass
- 1993 - Arch. Edward
- 1994 - Hon. Estella M. Moriarty
- 1995 - Charles T. Kessler, Esq.
- 1996 - Rev. Patrick C. McDonnell
- 1997 - James D. Camp, Jr., Esq.
- 1998 - Anthony J. Karrat, Esq.
- 1999 - Joseph M. Loughren, Esq.
- 2000 - Hon. Arthur M. Birken
- 2001 - Timothy Lee Donnelly, Esq.
- 2002 - Sister John Norton, O.P.
- 2003 - Joseph W. Lawrence, II, Esq.
- 2004 - Daniel P. J. O'Connor, Esq.
- 2005 - Henry Latimer, Esq.
- 2006 - Douglas M. McIntosh, Esq.
- 2007 - Hon. Martin Bidwill
- 2008 - Hon. Federico Moreno
- 2009 - Msgr.Vincent T. Kelly
- 2010 - Robert J. Hunt, Esq,
- 2011 - Hon. Lurana S. Snow,
United States Magistrate, Southern District of Florida
- 2012 - Ray Ferrero, Jr.,
Chancellor, Nova Southeastern University
- 2013 - James E. Zloch, Esq.
- 2014 - Honorable William P. Dimitrouleas, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
- 2015 - Honorable Susan J. Anamony (posthumous) Circuit Court Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida
1990 - Rev. Robert J.
Drinan, S. J., former United States Congressman
1991 - Cardinal Adam Maida, Archdiocese of Detroit
1992 - Sister Jeanne
O'Laughlin, O.P., President, Barry University
1993 - Daniel Morrissey, Dean, St. Thomas University Law School
1994 - Charles E. Rice, Professor, University of Notre Dame Law School
1995 - Hon. C. Clyde Atkins, United States District Court Judge
1996 - Harry Lee Anstead, Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of
1997 - Hon. W. Herbert Moriarty, Broward County Circuit Judge
1998 - Hon. Kathleen A. Kearney, Broward County Circuit Judge
1999 - United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
2000 - Hon. Peter T. Fay, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
2001 - United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
2002 - Rev. Edward A. Malloy, President,
The University of Notre Dame
Justice Harry Lee Anstead, Justice, Florida Supreme Court
2004 - Avery Cardinal Dulles,
S.J., internationally-known theologian
2005 - Justice Charles Wells, Justice, Florida Supreme Court
2006 - Justice Raoul J.
Cantero, III, Justice, Florida Supreme Court
2007 - Hon. Charlie
Crist, Governor, State of Florida
2008 - Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
2009 - Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop.
2010 - United States Senator George
2011 - Donna E. Shalala,
President, University of Miami
2012 - Hon. Peggy Quince, Justice, Florida Supreme Court
- 2013 - Honorable Adalberto Jordan, Judge, United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- 2014 - Harry James Towey, President, Ave Maria University
- 2015 - Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
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The Saint Thomas More Society of South Florida extends its gratitude to the following sponsors whose past and continuing generous financial
support has helped make this outstanding annual event possible.
Blue Marlin Title Corporation – in memory of the Honorable Susan J. Aramony
Ruth Stein Cohen Charitable Trust
Brinkley Morgan, Attorneys at
Catri, Holton, Kessler & Kessler, P.A.
Brandy’s Bail Bonds
Broad and Cassel
David W. Crane, P.A.
Cynthia J. Dienstag, Esquire
Green, Murphy & Murphy, P.A.
Holy Cross Hospital
Saint Anthony Council of the Knights of Columbus
Massey, Coican & King, LLC
McIntosh, Sawran & Cartaya, P.A.
Thomas P. O'Connell, P.A.
Daniel F. Tordella, Esquire
United Reporting, Inc.
Billing, Cochran, Lyles, Mauro $ Ramsey, P.A.
Robert M. Bulfin, P.A.
Camp & Camp, P.A.
Kenneth D. Cooper, Esquire
Cubit & Cubit, P.A.
Ferencik, Libanoff, Brandt, Bustamante & Goldstein, P.A.
Law Offices of John J. Hearn, P.A.
Hillstrom Law Firm, P.A.
Kosinski Architeture, Inc
McGrath Law Group
Kathleen O’Malley Rotella
Russell M. Thompson, Esquire
Frank C. Walker, Esquire
Donald A. Wich, Jr. P.A.
We also thank the members of
St. Thomas More Society of South Florida
for their support of the 26th annual Red Mass 2015
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|Special Thanks to the Following for the Annual Red Mass|
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Thomas G. Wenski
- Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
for his support of our organization
- St. Anthony Catholic Church Choir
for its beautiful music at the Red Mass