Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto

100th Anniversary of the Red Mass

Thomas More Lawyers’ Guilds of Toronto sponsor a Red Mass annually in order to invoke divine guidance and strength during the coming term of the Court.

The Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto traces its history back to the 13th century with the initiation of the Red Mass. In the Cathedral of Paris in 1245, a Mass was held to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit on the judges of the Ecclesiastical Courts. It is believed the first liturgy was celebrated in honour of St. Ives of Brittany, the patron saint of lawyers.

The practice of the Red Mass spread to England in 1310 during the reign of King Edward I. The entire Bench and Bar attended this special Eucharist at the beginning of the spring term of Court. The Name “Red Mass” became a tradition because of the red robes worn by the judges and the red vestments worn by the priests. The Red Mass has been held annually in Westminster Cathedral, London, since 1904.

The Red Mass was first held in Toronto in 1925. Its sponsorship was assumed by the Guild of Our Lady of Good Counsel in 1931 and by The Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto since 1968. One of the primary objectives of the Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto is the sponsorship of the Red Mass

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The 100th Anniversary of the Red Mass (Accredited for 1 LSO Professional Hour)

Wednesday, October 9, 2024

Mass: St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica @ 5:00 pm

Reception & Dinner: The Omni King Edward Hotel @ 6:30pm

Celebrant: Archbishop Francis Leo

Archbishop Leo was named as the Archbishop of Toronto on Saturday, February 11, 2023 by Pope Francis. He was installed as Archbishop on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Keynote Speaker: Chief Justice Michael H. Tulloch

The Honourable Michael H. Tulloch was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario in 2003. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2012. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Chief Justice Tulloch had served as an assistant Crown Attorney in Peel and Toronto from 1991 to 1995 before entering private practice, where he specialized in criminal law.

“I think that if any good thing shall go forward, something must be adventured.”

100th Anniversary of the Red Mass

Wednesday, October 9, 2024