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Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, and St. Thomas More Society Will Host 33rd Annual Red Mass
October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, and the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County will host the 33rd annual Red Mass at Christ Cathedral on Monday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. The custom originated in Europe in the 13th century and received its distinguished name from the brilliant scarlet vestments worn by the Mass celebrant and Lord High Justices in England.
“I am blessed to recognize the dedication and mission of our local legal community and seek to strengthen their resolve in the upcoming judicial session,” said Bishop Vann.
The Red Mass – an annual event attended by judges, attorneys, law faculty and public officials – is celebrated at the opening of the judicial year in Orange County and throughout the world. Judges attending the Red Mass in Orange County will don red robes in a renewal of an ancient tradition practiced for hundreds of years after the institution of the Red Mass in the 13th century.
“I am pleased to see this venerable tradition continue to strengthen in Orange County,” said Bishop Vann. “I look forward to celebrating this beautiful ceremony in which we ask God to bestow his blessings, and especially the virtues of wisdom, justice and mercy, on all who work in law or government.”
This year’s homilist is Rev.Quan Tran, S.T.L., who served as a lawyer and deputy district attorney in Orange County and since 2011 is an ordained priest and the current administrator of St. Hedwig Church in Los Alamitos.
The society will be honoring Lisa D. Ramirez, partner in the U.S. Immigration Law Groups, LLP. Lisa is a California State Bar Immigration and Nationality law specialist and notably one of the first women and first Spanish speaking immigration law specialist in Orange County. Those of all faiths who work in law or government are invited, as are their families.