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The Guild of Catholic Lawyers of New York

Our Mission

The Guild, established in 1928, is an organization of Catholic lawyers desirous of promoting the spiritual and professional welfare of its members. Its interests lie in the natural law; in the intellectual advancement of professional skills; in upholding the highest standards and best traditions of the legal profession; and in protecting and safeguarding civil, political and religious rights through appropriate legal measures.

The monthly First Friday Mass and Program

Our goal for our First Friday Mass and program is to aid in the development, enhancement and structuring of our spiritual lives by assisting at Mass with our professional colleagues and having the benefit of a speaker who will have something of importance to say to us. The First Friday Masses is held at 7:45 a.m. at The Church of Our Saviour, 59 Park Avenue, New York City (Park Avenue at 38th Street). Our First Friday program starts at 8:15 A.M. in the undercroft below the Church and ends about 9:00 A.M. Coffee and a light breakfast is served before the program. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge. The subject of our programs this year is the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

The Annual Red Mass And St. Thomas More Award

The Guild sponsors an annual Red Mass followed by the St. Thomas More Award reception.

The Red Mass has a long history. The first recorded Red Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. It has been introduced for the first time in the United States in 1928 in St. Andrew’s Church in New York City, near the courthouses of Foley Square. The Red mass invokes Divine guidance and blessings upon courts of law, judges and lawyers entrusted with the administration of justice. The Red Mass is so-called from the red vestments traditionally worn in symbolism of the tongues of fire that descended on the Apostles.