The Catholic Bar Association of Los Angeles

Save The Date:
42nd Annual Red Mass October 23, 2024

The Red Mass of Los Angeles
Photo by: Angelus News Sara Yaklic / Archdiocese of LA

First Celebrated in Paris in 1245, the Red Mass is an annual tradition at the opening of the Judicial Year, in line with that of the U.S. Supreme Court each October. Judges and lawyers attend, joined by public officials and law faculty members. The Red Mass received its name from the celebrant’s red vestments, and the Lord High Justices’ robes of brilliant scarlet. In Los Angeles, this annual tradition is sponsored by The St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles, a non-profit association of Catholic legal professionals. In our community, the Red Mass is offered in prayer for judges, lawyers, legislators, and legal professionals of all faiths and traditions.

The Mass is followed by a hosted reception with members of the clergy, bench and bar. We hope you will be able to attend our 42nd celebration this coming October 23rd at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 2024
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 2024

42nd Annual Red Mass 2024

Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
Principal Celebrant

Most Rev. José H. Gomez is the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic community.  For nearly two decades, Archbishop Gomez has been a voice of compassion and reason on moral and spiritual issues in American public life and culture. He has played a leading role in the Catholic Church’s efforts to promote immigration reform and is author of the 2013 book, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation.He served a three-year term as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a post that concluded on November 2022.  He was papal appointed to the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization and in 2015 was selected to represent the U.S. Catholic Bishops at the Synod on the Family. He holds a doctorate degree in theology (S.T.D.), as well as undergraduate degrees in accounting, philosophy and theology.  He speaks and writes often on issues in the Church and American society. His writings have been published in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, The Wall Street Journal,, Huffington Post, Vital Speeches of the Day, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, La Opinion, First Things, The New York Post, National Catholic Register and elsewhere.

Fr. Gregory Joseph Boyle, S.J.

Fr. Gregory Joseph Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient will be our homilist.

Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl
Closing Speaker

Photo by: Sarah Yaklic/Archdiocese of LA

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Angelus News Article:

“California’s Top Judge Praises St. Thomas More at LA Red Mass”

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