The Red Mass
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                       History of The Red Mass

The "Red Mass" is a  historical tradition within the Catholic Church dating back to the thirteenth century when it officially opened the term of the court for most European countries.

The celebrants--government officials, lawyers and judges--would proceed into a church clothed in red vestments or red garments, signifying the fire of the Holy Spirit's guidance to all who pursue justice in their daily lives.

This  important historic tradition was introduced into the United States in 1928 in the Church of St. Andrew, located in New York City.  The Mass was presided over by His Eminence Patrick Cardinal Haves, who strongly encouraged and supported the involvement of the legal community in spreading the Word of God.

The Red Mass is currently celebrated in dioceses throughout the United States, including many of the dioceses of Florida, to invoke God's blessing upon the members of the Bench, Bar, Legislature, Law Enforcement and Governmental agencies, all protectors and administrators of the Law.

The St. Thomas More Society of South Florida was officially founded on December 14, 1989.  A Red Mass was first celebrated in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, by His Excellency, Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy on February 10, 1990, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Since that time it has been celebrated yearly, and  it, as well as the reception that follows, is now one of the premier and  largest-attended annual events for lawyers and judiciary in South Florida. At the reception each year, a distinguished speaker addresses an audience of as many as 580 attendees and The Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Award is presented to a member of the legal community who typifies the moral principles espoused by St. Thomas More.

St. Thomas More Society of South Florida

2016 Invitation Letter
(click here to download)

27th Annual Red Mass, Reception & Dinner

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Red Mass Celebrated by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
5:30 P.M.
St. Anthony Catholic Church
901 N.E. 2ndStreet
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Complimentary Reception - 7:00 P.M.
Dinner – 8:00 P.M.
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
3030 Holiday Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Complimentary Valet & General Parking

Guest Speaker: Michael J. Satz, State Attorney 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida

$ 125.00 per person

Limited Seating/Reservations Only/Reservations

  • Deadline is June 2, 2016

Mail Checks, made payable to “St. Thomas More Society”, to:

Daniel F.Tordella, Esq.,Treasurer
1995 East Oakland Park Blvd., Suite # 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33306
Telephone: 954-565-2550 and Telecopier: 954-565-2123

This will be the 27th year!!!



     Photos From Recent Red Mass Receptions and Dinners :  PHOTOS                                                                           

The St. Thomas More Society's  "Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Award" Recipients: "The King's good servant-but God's first."
  • 1993 - Arch. Edward A.McCarthy
  • 1994 - Hon. Estella M. Moriarty
  • 1995 - Charles T. Kessler, Esq.
  • 1996 - Rev. Patrick C. McDonnell
  • 1997 - James D. Camp, Jr., Esq.
  • 1998 - Anthony J. Karrat, Esq.
  • 1999 - Joseph M. Loughren, Esq.
  • 2000 - Hon. Arthur M. Birken
  • 2001 - Timothy Lee Donnelly, Esq.
  • 2002 - Sister John Norton, O.P.
  • 2003 - Joseph W. Lawrence, II, Esq.
  • 2004 - Daniel P. J. O'Connor, Esq.
  • 2005 - Henry Latimer, Esq.
  • 2006 - Douglas M. McIntosh, Esq.
  • 2007 - Hon. Martin Bidwill
  • 2008 - Hon. Federico Moreno
  • 2009 - Msgr.Vincent T. Kelly
  • 2010 - Robert J. Hunt, Esq,
  • 2011 - Hon. Lurana S. Snow, United States Magistrate, Southern District of Florida
  • 2012 - Ray Ferrero, Jr., Chancellor, Nova Southeastern University
  • 2013 - James E. Zloch, Esq.
  • 2014 - Honorable William P. Dimitrouleas, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • 2015 - Honorable Susan J. Aramony (posthumous) Circuit Court Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida
  • 2016 - W.  Anthony "Tony" Loe, Broward County State Attorney's Office Career Criminal Division Chief.
  Distinguished Speakers at Red Mass Receptions:
  • 1990 - Rev. Robert J. Drinan, S. J., former United States Congressman

  • 1991 - Cardinal Adam Maida, Archdiocese of Detroit

  • 1992 - Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin, O.P., President, Barry University

  • 1993 - Daniel Morrissey, Dean, St. Thomas University Law School

  • 1994 - Charles E. Rice, Professor, University of Notre Dame Law School

  • 1995 - Hon. C. Clyde Atkins, United States District Court Judge

  • 1996 - Harry Lee Anstead, Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

  • 1997 - Hon. W. Herbert Moriarty, Broward County Circuit Judge

  • 1998 - Hon. Kathleen A. Kearney, Broward County Circuit Judge

  • 1999 - United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

  • 2000 - Hon. Peter T. Fay, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

  • 2001 - United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

  • 2002 - Rev. Edward A. Malloy, President, The University of Notre Dame

  • 2003 - Justice Harry Lee Anstead, Justice, Florida Supreme Court

  • 2004 - Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., internationally-known theologian

  • 2005 - Justice Charles Wells, Justice, Florida Supreme Court

  • 2006 - Justice Raoul J. Cantero, III, Justice, Florida Supreme Court

  • 2007 - Hon. Charlie Crist, Governor, State of Florida

  • 2008 - Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

  • 2009 - Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop.

  • 2010 - United States Senator George LeMieux

  • 2011 - Donna E. Shalala, President, University of Miami

  • 2012 - Hon. Peggy Quince, Justice, Florida Supreme Court

  • 2013 - Honorable Adalberto Jordan, Judge, United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 2014 - Harry James Towey, President, Ave Maria University
  • 2015 - Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
  • 2016 - Michael J. Satz, State Attorney 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida
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The Saint Thomas More Society of South Florida extends its gratitude to the following sponsors whose past and continuing generous financial  support has helped make this outstanding annual event possible.

2016 Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors

The Di Giulian Family – In loving memory of Bruno Di Giulian

Ruth Stein Cohen Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Bogenschutz, Dutko & Kroll, P.A.

Brinkley Morgan


Robert M. Bulfin, Esquire

Catri, Holton, Kessler & Kessler, P.A.

Green, Murphy & Murphy, P.A.

Holy Cross Hospital

Knights of Columbus - Saint Anthony’s Council

Massey, Coican & King, LLC

McIntosh, Sawran & Cartaya, P.A.

Moskowitz, Mandell, Salim & Simowitz, P.A.

Panza, Maurer & Maynard, P.A.

Robert M. Roselli, P.A.

Law Offices of Seiler, Sautter, Zaden, Rimes & Wahlbrink

Law Office Daniel F. Tordella, P.L.L.C.

Benefactor Sponsors

Blue Marlin Title Corp.

Camp & Camp P.A.

Kenneth Cooper, Esquire

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David W. Crane, P.A.

Regina W. Drennan, Esquire

Ferencik, Libanoff, Brandt, Bustamante & Goldstein, P.A.

John J. Hearn, Esquire

Thomas Jordan, P.A.

Brett P. Rogers, P.A.

Shields Family Law, P.A.

Law Offices of Jason Turchin

Frank C. Walker, Esquire

We also thank the members of the 
St. Thomas More Society of South Florida 
for their support of the 27th annual Red Mass 2016

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Special Thanks to the Following for the Annual Red Mass

  • Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
    for his support of our organization
  • St. Anthony Catholic Church Choir
    for its beautiful music at the Red Mass 
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