Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. CNS photo/Bob Roller
BOSTON -- Continuing a treasured tradition that dates back to the 13th century, The Catholic Lawyers' Guild of Boston will come together to host its annual Red Mass and luncheon on Sept. 30.
Named for the majestic red vestments worn by the celebrants, the Red Mass is traditionally attended by judges, lawyers and court officials of all faiths asking God to bless, strengthen and enlighten all servants of the law and all people of faith so that justice may be achieved in the spirit of cooperation and mutual trust.
Honoring the official start of the judicial year, the Red Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 11:30 a.m. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.
The Red Mass luncheon will follow at 1 p.m. at the Seaport Hotel on the South Boston waterfront.
The scheduled keynote speaker at the luncheon is Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey, who serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus, authored the $265 million Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act, and includes among his many achievements the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which protects women and children from being trafficked into the sex trade and labor market. Congressman Smith's commitment to protecting unborn children and their mothers is a vital component of his human rights agenda.