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The Guild of Catholic Lawyers of New York

Our Mission

The Guild, established in 1928, is an organization of Catholic lawyers desirous of promoting the spiritual and professional welfare of its members. Its interests lie in the natural law; in the intellectual advancement of professional skills; in upholding the highest standards and best traditions of the legal profession; and in protecting and safeguarding civil, political and religious rights through appropriate legal measures.

The monthly First Friday Mass and Program

Our goal for our First Friday Mass and program is to aid in the development, enhancement and structuring of our spiritual lives by assisting at Mass with our professional colleagues and having the benefit of a speaker who will have something of importance to say to us. The First Friday Masses is held  at 7:45 a.m. at The Church of Our Saviour, 59 Park Avenue, New York City (Park Avenue at 38th Street). Our First Friday program starts at 8:15 A.M. in the undercroft below the Church and ends about 9:00 A.M. Coffee and a light breakfast is served before the program.  All are welcome to attend. There is no charge. The subject of our programs this year is the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

The Annual Red Mass And St. Thomas More Award

The Guild sponsors an annual Red Mass followed by the St. Thomas More Award reception.

The Red Mass has a long history. The first recorded Red Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. It has been introduced for the first time in the United States in 1928 in St. Andrew’s Church in New York City, near the courthouses of Foley Square. The Red mass invokes Divine guidance and blessings upon courts of law, judges and lawyers entrusted with the administration of justice. The Red Mass is so-called from the red vestments traditionally worn in symbolism of the tongues of fire that descended on the Apostles.

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The 2009 Annual Red Mass And St. Thomas More Award

The 2009 Annual Red Mass has been held on Thursday, September 24, 2009. His Excellency Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was the main celebrant, and the honoree at the reception.

His Excellency, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Timothy Michael Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on February 23, 2009 and was installed as Archbishop of New York on April 15, 2009. He had served as Archbishop of Milwaukee from June 25, 2002. Archbishop Dolan began his seminary education at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in Shrewsbury, Missouri, and continued at Cardinal Glennon College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He then completed his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he earned a License in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas.
Archbishop Dolan was ordained to the priesthood on June 19, 1976. He then served as associate pastor at Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights, Missouri, until 1979. Subsequently, he received his doctorate in American Church History at the Catholic University of America.
From 1983-87, Archbishop Dolan served in parish ministry in St. Louis, during which time he was also liaison for the late Archbishop John L. May in the restructuring of the college and theology programs of the archdiocesan seminary system. In 1987, Archbishop Dolan was appointed to a five-year term as secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. In 1992, he was appointed vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, serving also as director of Spiritual Formation and professor of Church History. He was also an adjunct professor of theology at Saint Louis University.
In 1994, he was appointed rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he served until June 2001. He also served as a visiting professor of Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University and as a faculty member in the Department of Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Archbishop Dolan is currently the chairman of Catholic Relief Services and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America.
On June 29, 2009, Archbishop Dolan received the pallium, a symbol of his office as an archbishop, from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, at St. Peter's Basilica.

Past Recipients

Board of Directors


 President:  Robert E. Crotty
 Executive Director:  John J. O'Connell
 Vice Presidents:  Neil Merkl
   Luke A. Connelly
   Amelia J. Uelmen
 Spiritual Director:  Rev. George W. Rutler
 Secretary:  Piero A. Tozzi
 Treasurer:   Christine E. Tormey
 Past Presidents  John J. Sweeney
   Thomas A. Brennan
   Joseph T, Gatti
   Douglas W. Wyatt
   Roy H. Rudd, Jr.
   Gregory de Sousa
   Vincent M. McConnell
   Hon. Donald Sullivan
   Matthew J. Mari
   Carolyn N. Conaboy

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