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32nd Annual Red Mass of Orange County

  • 10/05/2020
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Christ Cathedral Campus - Outdoor and via Live Stream | 13280 Chapman Avenue | Garden Grove, California 92840


  • 1. Diamond Sponsor – $5,000.00

    2. Emerald Sponsor – $2,500.00

    3. Platinum Sponsor – $1,500.00

    4. Gold Sponsor – $1,000.00

    5. Silver Sponsor – $500.00

    6. Bronze Sponsor – $250.00

    7. Supporter – $50.00

    8. Guest

    We want to make sure we feed everyone, so please register and let us know how many in your party and will you be attending in person or via live stream. While the event is free, your contribution covers our costs, food, wine, prizes, and makes the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County possible. If you are unable to officially sponsor the event, any donation will be graciously accepted. The event will be held on the outdoor patio and via live stream.

    Donations fund the Red Mass, supports Isaiah House in feeding the hungry, enables our monthly speakers, and pays for our expenses.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and the St. Thomas More Society will host the annual Red Mass at Christ Cathedral Campus - Outdoor and via Live Stream (Map), on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Orange County judges and lawyers will attend as a group, joined by public officials and law faculty members. 

The first recorded Red Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. In certain localities of France, the Red Mass was celebrated in honor of Saint Ives, the Patron Saint of Lawyers. From there, it spread to most European countries. The tradition began in England around 1310, during the reign of Edward II. It was attended at the opening of each term of Court by all members of the Bench and Bar. Today the Red Mass is celebrated annually

In keeping with our country’s rich tradition of religious freedom and diversity, the Red Mass has continued in the United States. The first Red Mass in the U.S.A. was held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Detroit in 1877.  Each year in Washington, D.C., the members of the United States Supreme Court join the President and members of Congress in celebration of the Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew at the opening of the judicial year.  The Red Mass is also celebrated in Sacramento and most other state capitals and major cities throughout the United States.

The St. Thomas More Society of Orange County celebrated its first Red Mass in Orange County in 1988 with many jurists and members of the Bar actively participating. The Red Mass has become as much a tradition here as it is throughout the United States and other parts of the world.

This year we are honored to welcome The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, DD, JCD and seek his blessing on the dedication and mission of our local legal community as we seek to strengthen our resolve in the upcoming judicial session.  We look forward to sharing a meal with Bishop Vann at the St. Thomas More Society dinner after the Red Mass where we will acknowledge exemplary work of some of Orange County’s catholic legal professionals. 

Also we are honored to welcome Very Rev. E. Scott Borgman, JCD, Homilist.

“The Red Mass in Orange County is an honored tradition that brings the legal community together and reminds us of the lawyer’s duty as a servant to his client and to justice and equity in the law,” said Bill Malecki, Esq., Red Mass Chairperson.  

In-person attendees who register in advance will enjoy a take-home "Late Supper" box dinner which will be distributed following Mass at no cost, compliments of our generous sponsors.

Donations will be graciously accepted at the event, or can be made here.

Contact us

William Brown, Esq. | President


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The St. Thomas More Society of Orange County invites the Catholic legal community to join the society.  Catholic attorneys, judges, law students, and those who work in the legal community and provide professional services to attorneys are encouraged to join in Catholic camaraderie as together we face the challenges of being the face of Christ in the midst of the secular world.  

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The St. Thomas More Society of Orange County, California, is an independent organization sponsored by lawyers and judges who are practicing members of the Roman Catholic Church. Its purpose is to encourage Catholic lawyers to live out their Christian vocation by sanctifying their daily work.

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