Calgary's Annual Red Mass

Calgary's Annual Red Mass

The Saint Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Calgary is pleased to invite all judges, lawyers, paralegals, assistants, clerks, and other members of the legal profession and related professions, as well as family and friends, to Calgary’s annual Red Mass, to be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

The Red Mass is a Mass celebrated in honour of the legal profession as a vocation in the service of justice and the common good. It is an occasion for people employed in the administration of justice as judges, lawyers, paralegals, assistants, civic leaders, and law students of all faiths to celebrate the beginning of the new judicial term and ask for blessing, strength, and enlightenment in the pursuit of justice for all.

The tradition of the Red Mass began in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. The Red Mass was first celebrated in England around 1310, where it is still celebrated annually at Westminster Cathedral. The Red Mass was first celebrated in Canada in 1896, and was re-instituted in Calgary in 2015.

Bishop William McGrattan will preside, with a reception to follow in the St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall.

Our featured guest speaker will be Jane Adolphe, a former Calgary lawyer, who currently resides in Rome Italy, employed with the Holy See (Pope Francis), Secretariat of State, Relations with State (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), in Vatican City State. Ms. Adolphe is also a Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples Florida, where she has taught International Law, International Human Rights, Cannon Law, Family Law, and International Family Law. She is also an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, School of Law in Sydney, Australia.

The Mass is free and open to all to attend. A ticket is required if you wish to attend the reception following the Mass and can be obtained by using the link below.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

4:30 p.m. Gowning of judges and lawyers (Note: gowning is not necessary to attend or join the procession)
5:00 p.m. Mass
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Reception

If you have any questions about the event, or require financial assistance to purchase a ticket to the reception, please contact us using the link below or by sending us an email at

We hope to see you there!


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St. Mary's Cathedral
219 - 18 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2S 0C2 See Map
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