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

Judge Carolyn Kuhl presides in a Complex Civil Litigation Department of the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles. She previously served as the Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2015 and 2016; as Assistant Presiding Judge in 2013 and 2014; and as Supervising Judge of the Civil Departments from 2011 to 2012 and from 2003 to 2004. She was a founding judge of the Complex Civil Litigation Program and has served as a judge in that program for more than 10 years. She served on the California Judicial Council, the policy-making body for the California state court system, from 2006 through 2009.

Judge Kuhl is a Lecturer in Law at UCLA Law School where she teaches a course titled “Civil Procedure in Practice – Problems and Reforms.” Judge Kuhl currently is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and sits on the Executive Committee. She also is Vice-Chair of the Board of Advisers of the Institute for Civil Justice of the RAND Corporation. In 2017 the Chief Justice of the United States appointed Judge Kuhl to serve on the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States (the Standing Committee on Federal Rules). She is the first state trial judge to serve on that Committee. She served on the Governing Council for the American Bar Association Center for Innovation from 2017-2021 and was the Council Vice-Chair from 2019-2021.

Hon. Carolyn B. Kuhl

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