All members of the campus community are invited to attend the annual Red Mass on Wednesday, September 30, at 5:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. Red is a traditional color associated with the Holy Spirit, and the Red Mass is celebrated each fall to honor and invoke the gifts of the Holy Spirit on all those associated with the practice and administration of law, a custom dating back to the Middle Ages. The first Red Mass in the U.S. was celebrated in 1859.
Portland archbishop Alexander Sample will be the principal celebrant, with a homily preached by Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs. The Red Mass is free and open to all.
Following the Mass will be a dinner with a keynote speech by Fr. David Link, founding dean of the Notre Dame Law School and now chaplain at Indiana’s Maximum Security Penitentiary. Dinner tickets are $55 per person and may be ordered by calling the Garaventa Center at 7702. The Garaventa Center has coordinated this event for Portland’s legal community for the past ten years.