Thomas More (b. 1478, d. 1535), Lord Chancellor of England, was the highest law officer of King Henry VIII.
He gave up his office and later his life to remain true to God and his conscience.
During his life, he was known for his socialability and sense of humour as well as for his integrity and faith.
The Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto invites all judges,
lawyers, law students, and others associated with the administration of
justice in the Archdiocese to join in its activities. Thomas More Lawyers
Guilds exist in major cities throughout the world to honour the memory and
principles of Thomas More, the patron saint of lawyers memorialized in the
film "A Man for all Seasons". The Thomas More Lawyers Guild of Toronto is a
non profit association formed in 1968 to fulfull the mandate of sponsoring
the annual Red Mass and contributing to the spiritual and intellectual
well-being of its members. The Red Mass dates back to the 13th century and
marks the opening of the Michaelmas term of the Courts in September. It has
been celebrated at St. Michael’s Cathedrual in Toronto every year since
1924. Dinners are held in September following the Red Mass and in June to mark the Feast
of St. Thomas More. Past speakers have included former Prime Ministers John Turner and Joe Clark, the Canadian ethicist
Margaret Sommerville and celebrated Catholic authors and columnists Mary Jo
Leddy, O.C. and Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI. Our functions are designed to
remind us of the spiritual origins and purpose of our laws and of the
vocation of law.