Bishop Conley and Bishop Vann concelebrate Red Mass and address legal community

By Anna Marie Chamblee, JCL

October 1, 2012

As strains of “Come Holy Ghost, Creator Blest” filled St. Patrick Cathedral, and Bishop Kevin Vann, Bishop James Conley, Monsignor Michael Olson and Father Michael Moloney processed down the main aisle, the Seventh Annual Diocesan Red Mass began on Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. Incense perfumed the air as Bishop Vann and Bishop Conley each in turn reminded the attendant judges, attorneys, canon lawyers, and civil officials that the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit should be essential for them as they carry out their sworn duties.

In his homily, Bishop Conley, newly appointed as bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, spoke of the lay vocation to be in the world, but not of the world. With the examples of Jesus and St. Vincent de Paul (on whose feast the Red Mass was celebrated), those present were challenged to be strong in their Catholic faith and to bear witness to the Gospels in their daily lives.

Following the Mass Bishop Conley addressed the gathering at a reception in the St. Patrick Pastoral Center. In

Bishop Conley and Father Moloney pose with some of those attending the reception following the Red Mass in the St. Patrick Cathedral Pastoral Center. (Photo courtesy of Anna Marie Chamblee)

his keynote address, Bishop Conley stressed the importance of being true to Church teachings, especially in regard to the sanctity of life and the protection of marriage. All were reminded that their Catholic faith must guide them as they prepare to vote on Election Day. Throughout the reception, guests mingled and enjoyed the heavy hors d’oeuvres and offered congratulations and a toast to Bishop Vann on his appointment as bishop of the Diocese of Orange, California. After the keynote address, a cake celebrating his appointment to Lincoln, Nebraska was presented to Bishop Conley, and shared with the guests.

Planned annually by the Red Mass Committee, under the leadership of attorney Robert Gieb, the Fort Worth Red Mass continues a long Church tradition established in Paris in 1245 and carried out each year in dioceses around the world. The tradition of the Red Mass began in the United States in 1928 in New York City, and began in Fort Worth in 2004. The Red Mass invokes the Holy Spirit to guide all government officials, judges, and attorneys in their pursuit of justice.

The next Red Mass will be celebrated on Sept. 26, 2013 at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral. More information can be found at FortWorthRedMass.org

 

ClickAs strains of “Come Holy Ghost, Creator Blest” filled St. Patrick Cathedral, and Bishop Kevin Vann, Bishop James Conley, Monsignor Michael Olson and Father Michael Moloney processed down the main aisle, the Seventh Annual Diocesan Red Mass began on Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. Incense perfumed the air as Bishop Vann and Bishop Conley each in turn reminded the attendant judges, attorneys, canon lawyers, and civil officials that the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit should be essential for them as they carry out their sworn duties.

Published (until 12/31/2012)
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