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Red Mass to pray for legal profession March 23

LINCOLN (SNR) - The Red Mass, offered by Bishop James Conley to pray for all those in the legal profession, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 23, at 7 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Lincoln.


The Red Mass, instituted in the 13th century and celebrated throughout the United States, is an annual celebration by the Church for judges, legislators, attorneys, government officials, and law students. Recalling the “tongues of fire” that descended on the Apostles, the celebrants adorn red vestments and pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for all in the legal field in service to the public and justice.

The public is invited to carry on this tradition in Lincoln by participating in the 2017 Red Mass March 23.

After the Mass, all are invited to a light breakfast reception and a presentation given by Andy Barry on “St. Thomas More and the Idea of a Constitution.”  

A member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Lincoln and the Catholic Lawyers Guild, Andy Barry noted that most people are familiar with the life and death of St. Thomas More, especially his death as a martyr for the Catholic faith.

“However,” he said, “fewer people are familiar with the writings of St. Thomas More, which cover a wide variety of topics on the role of natural law, governance and the just ordering of society.”  

The most famous of Thomas More’s writings in this area is Utopia, but he has many spiritual writings as well, such as his Treatise on the Passion, written while he was in prison.

Andy Barry first studied St. Thomas More as a college student at the University of Chicago. After graduation from Harvard Law School, Andy practiced law briefly in Chicago before clerking for Hon. Lawrence L. Piersol in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota and Hon. William Jay Riley in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Barry currently practices law in Lincoln at Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P., with a focus in litigation.

The Red Mass for the Legal Profession is sponsored by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Diocese of Lincoln. For more information see redmass2017.eventbrite.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call the Chancery at 402-488-0921.

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