Merrillville, IN— The Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana is hosting its annual celebration of Red Mass on Thursday, September 21, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 8303 Taft in Merrillville with Bishop Donald J. Hying as celebrant and homilist.
Following the Mass, the Catholic Foundation is offering a free breakfast and continuing education seminar on “Recent United States Supreme Court Decisions and Indiana Supreme Court Decisions Influencing Religion” with Valparaiso University School of Law Professor Derrick Carter. All faiths are welcome.
The Red Mass is steeped in tradition going back to 1245 in Paris and 1301 in Westminster. The tradition of the Red Mass arose in order to invoke the wisdom of the Holy Spirit upon Judges, Justices, and the members of the legal profession at the beginning of each new judicial year. The ceremony’s traditional name is derived from the color of vestments worn by the celebrant and concelebrants, the scarlet robes of judges in attendance (which were bright scarlet in the Middle Ages), and the scarlet gowns of the members of the law faculty.
Today’s Red Mass brings members of the bar, government officials, the judiciary, the finance community, and all those who work for justice in our world together to reflect and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the coming year. The Mass invokes God’s blessings upon the legal and financial community of Northwest Indiana and celebrates the divine gifts of wisdom, justice, and compassion. The Mass is a time to renew the calling to be servants to one another and to the community and to live as faithful stewards of the earth and all its resources.
Following the Mass, a complimentary breakfast and educational seminar will be led by Derrick Carter. Professor Carter has been teaching at Valparaiso University Law School for 26 years. Before becoming a Professor at Valparaiso Law Professor Carter worked at the Michigan Appellate Defenders Office, a division of the Michigan Supreme Court, for 17 years. Professor Carter has argued over 600 Criminal Appeals before the Michigan and Federal Appellate Courts and Trial Courts. In 2010, Professor Carter won the Distinguished Faculty Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.