About The Lawyers Guild

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.



The Red Mass - Save the Date - October 17, 2014

Please mark your calendars for the Red Mass which will be celebrated on October 17, 2014, at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.  The special liturgy invokes the blessing and guidance of the Holy Spirit upon the courts of the State. The main celebrant and homilist for the liturgy will be the Most Reverend Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland.  A noon luncheon will immediately follow the Red Mass at the Cleveland Convention Center.  More information will be available in the spring.

Red Mass Sponsorship Forms for the 2014 Luncheon will be available in the spring.


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.


The St. Thomas More Award - Nominations now accepted

Nominartions are being accepted for the 2014 Award.  The deadline is April 1, 2014.  To download a nomination form, click here.

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.  


Special Recognition Award

Printable St. Thomas More Award Nomination Form

Lawyers Guild Membership - Annual Dues


$50 Lawyers

$20 Students


Printable Membership Form
Lawyers Guild Bylaws
Daily Reading from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Daily Inspiration from dailyword.com


For More Information

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, ext. 4080, or via e-mail at crigo@catholiccommunity.org.



President Douglas J. Maser, Esq.

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Vice President Kenneth R. Callahan
  Buckley King, LPA
Second Vice President Leo M. Spellacy, Jr.
  Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur
Secretary Oliver Dunford, Esq.
  Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Treasurer Barbara A. Kraig, Esq.
  Associate Excecutive Director and Chief Financial Officer
  Catholic Community Foundation
Executive Committee  
Lisa Gasbarre Black Karen Visocan McKeogh
Kenneth R. Callahan

Patrick J. Milligan      

Oliver Dunford Hon. Terrence O'Donnell   
Hon. Donna C. Fitzsimmons Most Reverend A. James Quinn
Hon. Laura Gallagher Leo Spellacy, Jr.                                        
Brian Heskamp Hugh Stanley
James Koenig Brian Sullivan
Luke Macik

Daniel Thiel

Laurie Malone Barbara Varone
Craig Marvinney  Hon. Jennifer Weiler

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