Credimus (we believe) in the promotion of high standards of religious and ethical ideals and practices; in the application of general ethical principles to concrete legal problems; and in fostering the intellectual and spiritual welfare of our members.
Throughout the year, the Guild offers opportunities for its membership to come together to promote the above goals. One of the principal activities of the Catholic Lawyers Guild is the sponsorship of the annual Red Mass. The Red Mass is so named because of the color of the celebrant’s vestments. The specific purpose of the Mass is to invoke the assistance of the Holy Spirit in the daily activities of the legal community during the forthcoming judicial year.
Public officials, the judiciary and members of the bar are invited to participate. Members of the judiciary are requested to wear their judicial robes. The Mass is commenced by a procession to the altar, which includes dignitaries, as well as church officials. Over the years, the Red Mass has been celebrated in the Chapel at the John Paul II Center and in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. We have been privileged to have our Chaplain and also the Archbishop and Auxiliary Archbishop celebrate the Mass and confer a special blessing upon us during the Mass.
Following the Red Mass, the Guild offers a brunch to continue the spirit of the Mass and to present the St. Thomas More Award to a Catholic attorney who exemplifies St. Thomas More in service to God, country and profession. Each year a Catholic attorney is also selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, based upon her or his lifetime contribution to religion, profession and country.
Our Annual Dinner is usually held in late January or early February. Each Spring, a luncheon is held with speakers discussing current topics facing Catholic attorneys, personal reflections and minor miracles in practicing law.
In the Fall, a fundraising dinner brings together the community to enjoy dinner and an opportunity to support a designated charity. In the past, the Cherry Tomato has opened just for the Guild to hold this event. As part of the evening, a representative of the charity will speak to those in attendance and on occasion there will be an auction of artwork with part of the proceeds of the auction being donated to the charity as well.
The Guild also proudly sponsors a bi-annual Seminar. Over the years the Guild has co-hosted with other organizations including the Colorado Catholic Medical Association and the Vincentian Center for Spirituality. The seminar is open to all and CLE credits are sought. Over the years speakers and topics have included: Professor Joseph Allegretti (Creighton University, Professor of Legal Ethics), Richard Doerflinger, Deputy Director of the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Gov. A. William Ritter, discussing the meaning of being a Catholic lawyer, stem cell research, issues related to the Annulment of a Catholic marriage, and end of life decision-making and planning considerations.
In an age when the legal profession suffers in its role as an ethical and responsible model for society, the Colorado Catholic Lawyers Guild offers to all Catholic lawyers, but especially to those Catholic lawyers concerned about the current status of our profession, an opportunity to become a part of the Guild’s effort to bring legal disputes to resolution in a manner that dignifies our calling.
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