Tuesday, September 30, 2014
5:15pm, Saint Lawrence Catholic Campus Center Chapel
The annual Red Mass will take place at Saint Lawrence (1631 Crescent Rd), followed by dinner at the rectory (1632 Crescent Rd). The Red Mass is an annual Mass for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials. The tradition of the Red Mass, which is offered to invoke the Holy Spirit as the source of wisdom and justice, began in Europe in the 13th century. A similar Mass takes place in Washington, D.C. before the first Monday of October, the date of the new term for the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Saint Thomas More Society invites everyone to attend:
2012 Red Mass: Thursday, October 18, 5:15 p.m., St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, with reception to follow in the rectory.
Brief History of the Red Mass
The Red Mass tradition began more than 750 years ago in Europe. Its name refers to the scarlet robes of the judges who attended the Mass centuries ago, as well as the color of the vestments worn by those celebrating the Mass. Since the Middle Ages, English judges and lawyers have celebrated The Red Mass to pray for the courts and for justice. Even today, The Red Mass is celebrated annually in England at Westminster Cathedral to celebrate the beginning of the new judicial year. Ecclesiastical canon lawyers and judges also celebrate The Red Mass to invoke God’s blessings.
The first recorded Red Mass celebration in the United States was in 1928 at St. Andrew’s Church in New York City. Since then, The Red Mass has been celebrated in an increasing number of cities across the country. The Washington, D.C. Red Mass has been especially noteworthy since that city’s celebration began in 1953, when the Most Reverend Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., celebrated the first Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The President of the United States, members of the United States Supreme Court, judges, Cabinet officials, Members of Congress, and diplomats customarily attend the annual Red Mass in Washington, D.C., on the Sunday before the opening of the Supreme Court’s new October term.
At The Red Mass, we publicly invoke God’s blessings upon those entrusted with the administration of justice, and upon all public officials who serve the common good.
“To be educated, a person doesn’t have to know much or be informed, but he or she does have to have been exposed vulnerably to the transformative events of an engaged human life”
-St. Thomas More
“Can Science and Christianity Co-Exist?”
The St. Thomas More Catholic Law Students Society is co-hosting a debate with SOMA, The Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics, on February 12, 2012 at the Woodruff Auditorium, Level 5 of the Kansas Union. Representing St. Thomas More Society will be Dr. Michael Murray, P.h.D. Nuclear Physics. Dr. Murray, a devout Catholic, teaches physics at the University of Kansas. Representing SOMA will be J.T. Eberhard of the Secular Student Alliance. The event begins at 1:35 pm and is free and open to the public. There will be time for audience questions following the debate. We encourage everyone to attend. Bios of both speakers can be found below:
Dr. Micahel Murray is a proud Jayhawk and Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas. He focuses his teaching on using writing to deepen his students’ understanding in physics courses.
Dr. Murray earned his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He then attended the University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania for his Ph.D in Experimental High Energy Physics and later received his post doctorate in Nuclear Physics from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Prior to teaching at the University of Kansas, Dr. Murray worked at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University as a Research Scientist. He has won the NSF Career Award for his work as a KU Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Research Mentor. Dr. Murray has numerous publications on nuclear energy and had given presentations to the Douglas County Emergency Management Board on Dirty Bombs and Nuclear Power. His current research focuses on understanding how vacuums affect fundamental particles and how life on earth has been influenced by radiation from cosmic events in the distant past. He is currently the head of the Zero Degree Calorimeter Project for CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
JT Eberhard is a campus organizer and high school specialist with the Secular Student Alliance, author of the blog What Would JT Do?, as well as a contributing author to AtheismResource.com.
Before joining the SSA, JT was most known as a debater on atheism and LGBT rights and as the co-founder of the Skepticon annual conference. From 2008-2010, JT worked as the organizing team leader for Skepticon 1, 2, and 3. The event would usher in a new format of conventions featuring rock star lineups while allowing people to attend for free.
JT also co-founded and led the SSA-affiliated Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Missouri State University. The group would go on to make news on several occasions, often for their unconventional approach to combating religion such as building a cardboard box fort in the middle of campus to counter-protest evangelists or massing on their school’s free speech zone with expletive-bearing signs in response to the school saying bands could not use coarse language.
On Friday October 28th, students from the KU Interfaith Coalition helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Student representatives from Christian Legal Society, Islamic Law Students Association, J. Reuben Clark Society, Jewish Law Students Association, and the Saint Thomas More Society came together for a day of service. We hung sheet rock, built closets, cut out windows, and hung ceilings.
Here are some photos from the event!
On Saturday October 29th, members of the St. Thomas More Society volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Re-store. They kept us busy organizing the massive amounts of mismatched tiles and cleaning the ventilation equipment.
Both events were a great success and many students expressed interest in doing another Habitat for Humanity Build in the Spring!
The annual St. Thomas More Society Red Mass was held October 3rd, 2011. After the Red Mass, students headed over to the KU Union for Professor Dr. Vincent Muñoz’s presentation “Did the Founding Fathers Intend to Separate Church from State?” Dr. Muñoz discussed the differing political ideologies of three of our founding fathers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. He explained to the audience that Jefferson was an strong advocate for a strict separation of church and state even to an extent that would result in direct discrimination against religion, but Washington wanted the two to be more intertwined. Dr. Muñoz said he believes Madison’s approach may be the best way to look at the Founding Fathers’ intent, as it reaches some middle ground between the views of Washington and Jefferson and achieves separation of church and state without discriminating against religion. Dr. Muñoz spoke for 45 minutes followed by questions from the audience.
Below are photos from both events:
Please join the KU St. Thomas More Society on October 3rd for the following events:
“Did the Founding Fathers Intend to Separate Church from State?”
October 3, 2011
7pm, Kansas Union: Alderson Auditorium
Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Notre Dame, will be giving a lecture entitled “Did the Founding Fathers Intend to Separate Church from State” on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 7pm in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas. He will speak on questions regarding the separation between church and state that have been at the forefront of the nation’s culture wars, such as: Is “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional? And Do Christmas displays in public squares violate the First Amendment?
He will further explore the history of the American founding and the political thought of the Founding Fathers to explain the founders’ visions concerning the proper relationship between church and state. This event is part of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture and the Notre Dame Club of Topeka. The lecture is free and open to the public. KU Faculty, staff, and students are especially encouraged to attend. A light reception will follow. We encourage all law students to attend this event.
St. Thomas More Society Red Mass
Monday, October 3
5:15pm, St. Lawrence Catholic Center, 1631 Crescent Rd, Lawrence, KS
A Red Mass is a Mass celebrated annually in the Catholic Church for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials.
Members of the St. Thomas More Society welcome all students to attend the Red Mass. We will be heading to the Kansas Union together following the Red Mass for “Did the Founding Fathers Intend to Separate Church from State?”