Red Mass 2015

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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.





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RESCHEDULED: Annual Meeting and CLE: August 24, 2016

The Annual Meeting and one- hour CLE for Lawyers Guild members will be held on Wednesday, Wednesday, August 24th following the 5:10 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The theme for this year's CLE is What Does Mercy have to do with Justice? For details, click here or contact Colleen Rigo at (216) 696-6525 ext. 4080 or


The Red Mass: October 7, 2016

The Red Mass is celebrated at 10:30 a.m. 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 Roger W. Gries, OSB, MEd, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Cleveland. A noon luncheon will immediately follow the Red Mass at Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, 127 Public Square, 44114. Click here to view invitation.


Red Mass Sponsorship Form for 2016


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
The Lawyers Guild is pleased to present the 2016 St. Thomas More Award to Attorney Michael J. FrantzThe award will be presented at the Red Mass luncheon held at the Downtown Cleveland Marriott on October 7th.

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
The Lawyers Guild is 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 will be presented to Mr. Tripodi at the Red Mass luncheon on October 7th.

Lawyers Guild Membership - Annual Dues


Prayer Book for Attorneys from the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas


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



President Leo M. Spellacy, Jr., Esq.

Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur

Vice President Brian Sullivan, Esq.
  Reminger Co., L.P.A.
Second Vice President Hon. Laura J. Gallagher
  Cuyahoga County Probate Court
Secretary Brian Heskamp, Esq.
  Diocese of Cleveland
Treasurer Barbara A. Kraig, Esq.
  Associate Excecutive Director
and Chief Financial Officer
  Catholic Community Foundation
Executive Committee  

Kenneth R. Callahan*

Patrick J. Milligan

Oliver Dunford

Hon. Terrence O'Donnell  

James Fallon

Susan Priest Richlak

Hon. Donna C. Fitzsimmons

Michael P. Shaughnessy

Hon. Laura Gallagher

R. Eric Smearman

Martin Galvin *

Leo Spellacy, Jr.

Brian Heskamp

Hugh Stanley

James Koenig

Hon. Melody Stewart

Barbara Kraig

Brian Sullivan

J. Bart Leonardi

Daniel Thiel

Douglas Maser*

Hon. Jennifer Weiler






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