Lawyers, elected officials, canonists and judges will gather at 5:30 p.m. tonight at St. Mary’s Basilica to take part in the annual Red Mass, sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society and the Diocese of Phoenix.
“It’s important for Catholic lawyers in particular to attend events like the Red Mass to really focus on their faith and be Catholics in the public square, as Bishop Olmsted would say, because it’s important to live their faith in whatever they’re doing,” Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, said.
“The Red Mass is certainly a great opportunity for all lawyers — not just Catholic lawyers — as well as elected officials and judges to really focus on how they can fulfill their vocations as lawyers and lay people to the fullest potential.”
This year’s homilist will be Bishop William F. Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY. Bishop Murphy served in Rome for 13 years in various capacities. He was named vicar general and moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1993.