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Red Mass

Each fall, St. Mary’s University School of Law welcomes the start of the new judicial year with a local version of the centuries-old tradition of Red Mass.

About Red Mass

Red Mass PriestsThe tradition of Red Mass dates back to 1245 in Europe when both the bench and bar attended the Mass together at the beginning of each judicial session. The name is derived from the scarlet robes worn by judges and red vestments worn by priests in honor of the Holy Spirit. Red Mass is celebrated throughout the country for the purpose of requesting God’s blessings and guidance on the administration of justice.

The tradition was revived in San Antonio 62 years ago by the St. Mary’s University School of Law and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of San Antonio, who organize the annual event with representatives from San Antonio legal organizations, the judiciary and the State Legislature.

The School of Law is grateful to the Archdiocese of San Antonio to be welcomed each year to the San Fernando Cathedral for this beautiful and solemn event.

The 2017 Red Mass took place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at San Fernando Cathedral. The Most Rev. Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., Archbishop of San Antonio, was the principal celebrant and homilist. The Hon. Kevin Patrick Yeary, Justice of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, offered welcome remarks.

2016 Judicial Welcome Remarks by the Hon. Sandee Bryan Marion, J.D., Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals

2016 Homily by the Most Rev. Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., Archbishop of San Antonio