The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

The Lawyers Guild of The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland serves the counties of Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne.

The Guild fosters spiritual growth and fellowship within the legal community, encourages observance of high ethical standards, and calls attention to legal and societal issues that affect morality, justice and faith.

For information regarding membership in the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, the Red Mass or the St. Thomas More Award and/or luncheon, contact Colleen Rigo at (216) 696-6525 x 4080.

2017 Annual Meeting and CLE: June 14th at CMBA Conference Center

Please join us for 5:10 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist followed by food, fellowship and a one hour CLE credit.

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The surface lot next to the Cathedral, near the corner of Rockwell and E. 9th, is free beginning at 5:00 p.m. for the Lenten Reflection. (The Cathedral Parking Garage is not free).

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Become a Red Mass Sponsor

Save the dates: The 2017 Red Mass will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 and the 2018 Red Mass will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018.

The Red Mass has a long history. It is thought to have originated in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245 to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit on the judges of the Ecclesiastical Courts. The name "Red Mass" refers to the red robes worn by the judges and the red vestments worn by the priests, since red is the liturgical color associated with the Holy Spirit. They are still worn today. The Red Mass was introduced into the United States in 1928 at St. Andrew's Church in the shadows of the federal, state and municipal court buildings near Foley Square in New York City.

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The St. Thomas More Award

Download the 2017 Nomination Form - Due April 1, 2017

The Lawyers Guild was pleased to present the 2016 St. Thomas More Award to Attorney Michael J. Frantz at the Red Mass luncheon held at the Downtown Cleveland Marriott.

St. Thomas More (1478-1535) was an English statesman who served as Chancellor under the reign of Henry VIII. More opposed the King’s attempt to divorce his wife and refused to renounce the authority of the Pope. For that he was beheaded. In 1935, Sir Thomas More was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church and is considered the patron saint of lawyers. The St. Thomas More Award is named in honor of this Catholic statesman who served with integrity and held on to his values in spite of fierce resistance.

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Special Recognition Award

The Lawyers Guild was proud to recognize the good works of Mark and Christi Tripodi and the staff at Cornerstone of HopeA Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Adults, with the 2016 Special Recognition Award. The Proclamation was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Tripodi at the Red Mass luncheon last year.

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