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Events

The St. Thomas More Society of Orange County is pleased to bring you these events and more:

See below for Upcoming Events.

Take a break from your usual routine, make new friends, and enjoy an engaging talk at our Monthly Speaker Luncheon, like the one above with our friend, Dawn Eden

Upcoming Events

    • 05/12/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hilton Anaheim

    The Orange Catholic Foundation's 15th Annual Conference on Business & Ethics will be held from 7:30 - 11:30 am on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The Conference will feature presentations by Emmy Award winning actress, Patricia Heaton, and legendary sportscaster Vin Scully. Our Masters of Ceremony will be KFI Talk show host, Tim Conway Jr.

    The Bishop’s Award for Exemplary Business Integrity will be presented to Annette Walker, President of Strategy and Chief Executive of St. Joseph Health, and Christopher Furman, President and CEO of Ventura Foods.

    Through our Conference on Business & Ethics, the Orange Catholic Foundation brings back to the forefront of business the values of faith, integrity, and service above self.

    Sponsorship of this event directly impacts the lives of many students in our Catholic schoolsty today and in the future as they become our future business, community, and spiritual leaders.

    PLEASE consider attending this event and sharing this information with anyone potentially able and willing to become an event sponsor.

    Click here for details on the Conference as well as for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.


    • 05/17/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Advanced Depositions, 17752 Sky Park Circle, Ste 100, Irvine, CA 92614


    Edmund J. Mazza

    It has become commonplace in Medieval Studies to speak of the “formation of a persecuting society” in Catholic Europe of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The efforts of St. Raymond of Peñafort and the Order of Preachers to convert Jews, Muslims, and other non-Christians is a conspicuous example. 

    Edmund J. Mazza’s The Scholastics and the Jews, however, marks a major historiographical revision. While in no way diminishing the reality of Jewish suffering across the centuries, Mazza identifies the origins of missionary overtures to non-believers not so much with the drive for homogeneity as for holiness. 

    Through an examination of the works of St. Raymond, St. Anselm of Canterbury, Peter Abelard, Alan of Lille, St. Thomas Aquinas, Blessed Ramon Llull and others, The Scholastics and the Jews uncovers the unsung role that reason and rational argument, as well as confession and conscience played in the creation of preaching programs and pastoral care aimed first at lay faithful and heretics—but ultimately at infideles.

    The Scholastics and the Jews, above all, is devoted to re-discovering a tradition, the development and implementation of a medieval world-view, or sacramentality, which saw the institutions and inhabitants of this world not primarily as means to the pursuit and maintenance of power, but as sanctified symbols reflecting God’s own infinite majesty and simultaneously, flesh-and-blood sinners in need of redemption. How this Scholastic “hermeneutic” at one and the same time hindered—and helped—the cause of tolerance is a tale largely yet untold.

    About Edmund J. Mazza

    Edmund J. Mazza is Professor of History at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles where he teaches Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance and Reformation History. Dr. Mazza has contributed chapters on these subjects for Cognella Press’s forthcoming, A History of the Premodern World. Dr. Mazza is also the author of the brand new book The Scholastics and the Jews, Coexistence and Conversion and the Medieval Origins of Tolerance.

    Mazza and his wife were recent guests on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa in conjunction with Mazza’s July 2015 Conference at New York University commemorating the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri. In 2012 Mazza organized “Mary, Sign of Faith: An International Symposium” in Rome. In 2010 he was selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Aristotle on Truth and Meaning” at San Diego State University. Dr. Mazza is the author of several articles in the online journal Catholic World Report. Mazza’s research has taken him from the Vatican’s Secret Archives to the lost tomb of St. Francis Xavier in Malaysia. He is a frequent guest on AM 930 Immaculate Heart Radio’s “Terry & Jesse Show.” Dr. Mazza often speaks at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Covina. His DVDs and CDs on Church History are available from Lighthouse Catholic Media/St. Joseph Communications.


    YOUR SUGGESTED DONATION of $20.00 helps cover lunch and the expenses associated with our mission of serving the legal community. 


    17752 Sky Park Circle, Ste 100, Irvine, CA 92614

    We thank our friends at Advanced Depositions, a premium court reporting and litigation support company, for opening their doors to STMSOC and hosting our events. We encourage you to give them a try!
    • 05/18/2017
    • 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Christ Cathedral Cultural Center 13280 Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA, 92840

    Leonardo Defilippis, the founder of St. Luke Productions and the Christ Cathedral Drama Series, will be the keynote speaker at this event hosted by the Thomas Aquinas College Orange County Board of Regents. Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94), of St. Michael’s Abbey in the Diocese of Orange will also speak. The breakfast will be catered by Chef Bruno Serato of White House Catering. All proceeds will benefit student financial aid. Register online.

    Click here for more information.

Past events

04/19/2017 Speaker Luncheon - Matthew Petrusek - Reenchanting the Secular: Why Natural Law Still Matters
03/22/2017 OC Religion and the Law Symposium - Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett
03/15/2017 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Abortion. No Matter What. Clare Venegas
02/28/2017 Monthly Evening Speaker - Human Trafficking - Detective Gordon C. Lukehart
01/22/2017 Help Needed This Sunday Feeding the Hungry at Isaiah House
01/21/2017 MCLE Event - This Saturday the 21st!
01/18/2017 TONIGHT! Evening Speaker Event - Shroud of Turin a Hoax? Lee Sweeney
12/21/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Junipero Serra On Trial: Criminal or Saint?
11/16/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Fr. Sebastian Walshe - Where Catholics and Protestants Disagree
10/26/2016 Do We Now Have Physical Evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? You Decide!
10/03/2016 28th Annual Red Mass of Orange County
09/21/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Greg Dorst, JD, CACD II - Addiction and the Legal Profession
08/28/2016 Volunteer at Isaiah House - August
08/17/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - John Sherman - Go Therefore and Make Disciples
08/12/2016 2nd Annual 1531 Festival of Praise
07/24/2016 Volunteer at Isaiah House - July
07/21/2016 An Evening of Recollection for Women - South OC
07/20/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Mark McElrath: Integrating Our Lives of Faith and Work
07/07/2016 An Evening of Recollection for Men - South OC
07/06/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Brent Villalobos - Would You Pray for a Million Dollars? The Value of the Rosary Prayer
06/26/2016 Volunteer at Isaiah House
06/22/2016 YCP Orange County - Networking Happy Hour
06/16/2016 An Evening of Recollection for Women - South OC
06/15/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Prof. Mary Poplin - Mother Teresa Faith and Life: Why it is Incomprehensible to the Secular Mind
06/02/2016 An Evening of Recollection for Men - South OC
05/22/2016 Pro Bono - Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
05/19/2016 An Evening of Recollection for Women - South OC
05/18/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Timothy R. Busch, JD, CPA - Napa Institute
05/15/2016 Wells of Life - Run4Water - 5k/1k
04/23/2016 Pro Bono - Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
04/21/2016 An Evening of Recollection for Women - South OC
04/20/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Peter M. Callahan, Esq. - The Three Books that Changed My Life
04/07/2016 An Evening of Recollection for Men - South OC
03/30/2016 Need an Extern? Whittier Law School Externship Mixer
03/27/2016 Pro Bono - Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
03/17/2016 An Evening of Recollection for Women - South OC
03/16/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - The Hon. David L. Belz - Can a Lawyer be Both Civil and Succesful?
03/03/2016 An Evening of Recollection for Men - South OC
02/27/2016 Daniel's Inn - 21st Annual Conference
02/17/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - The New Evangelization through Catholic Radio - Doug Sherman and Cy Kellet from Immaculate Heart Radio
01/23/2016 MCLE - Substance Abuse, Bias, Ethics & Breakfast
01/20/2016 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Michael W. Caspino
12/30/2015 Luncheon Speaker - Fr. Hugh Barbour on The Year of Mercy
12/22/2015 Annual Christmas Celebration
11/18/2015 Christianity in the Middle East: Persecution and Genocide
11/10/2015 Spirituality and the Law with John Flynn, Esq.
10/21/2015 Monthly Speaker - Sr. Nadine McGuinness
10/14/2015 2015 Orange County Prayer Breakfast
10/05/2015 27th Annual Red Mass of Orange County
09/16/2015 Monthly Speaker - Ira Liston, Esq.
09/03/2015 Public Debate on Doctor Assisted Suicide
08/19/2015 Monthly Speaker - Gregory N. Weiler, Esq.
08/15/2015 1531 Festival of Praise
07/15/2015 Dr. Aaron Kheriaty - Evening Lecture, Wine & Cheese
06/20/2015 Saturday Morning Retreat - St. Michael's Abbey
06/17/2015 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - H. Victor "Skip" Conde
05/30/2015 Thomas Aquinas College Seminar at Christ Cathedral: The Natural Law
05/20/2015 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Sort of
05/14/2015 Wine Tasting & Cheese Social
04/11/2015 Physician Assisted Suicide Conference
03/22/2015 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
03/18/2015 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Dr. Pia de Solenni
02/27/2015 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
02/23/2015 Chapman Diversity Week - Fr. Robert Spitzer
02/18/2015 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Fr. Thomas Nelson
01/21/2015 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Kathleen Eaton Bravo
12/17/2014 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Fr. Paul Check
12/05/2014 Annual Christmas Celebration with Bishop Kevin Vann
11/23/2014 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
11/22/2014 Thomas Aquinas College Seminar at Christ Cathedral: The Wisdom of Genesis
11/19/2014 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Dr. Vincent Fortanasce
10/26/2014 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
10/15/2014 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - John J. Flynn, III
10/06/2014 26th Annual Red Mass of Orange County
09/17/2014 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Terry Barber
08/24/2014 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
08/20/2014 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Fr. Sebastian Walshe
07/31/2014 Attorney & Law Student "Beer Tasting" Mixer
07/16/2014 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - David A. Shaneyfelt, Esq.
06/18/2014 June Speaker Luncheon - Judge Belz and Greg Weiler
05/21/2014 May Speaker Luncheon - Fr. Ray Skonezny
04/16/2014 STMS Monthly Speaker Luncheon
02/19/2014 February Speaker Luncheon - Dr. Chris Kaczor -
01/26/2014 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
01/15/2014 January Speaker Luncheon - Sr. Anthony of Little Sisters of the Poor
12/18/2013 December Speaker Luncheon - Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
11/24/2013 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
11/20/2013 November Speaker Luncheon - Rev. Joseph Illo
10/27/2013 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
10/16/2013 October Speaker - Dana Cody, President, Life Legal Defense Foundation
10/07/2013 25th Annual Red Mass of Orange County
09/22/2013 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
09/18/2013 September Speaker Luncheon - Anthony Caso
08/21/2013 August Speaker Luncheon - Dr. Bill & Martha Sears
07/28/2013 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
07/17/2013 July Speaker Luncheon - Dr. Aaron Kheriaty
06/23/2013 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
06/19/2013 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Dr. Andrew Seeley
05/26/2013 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
05/15/2013 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Dick Lyles
04/28/2013 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
04/17/2013 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - James A. Sonne, Esq.
04/11/2013 Attorney "Beer Tasting" Mixer
03/20/2013 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Michael Alti, Esq.
02/24/2013 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
02/23/2013 Daniel's Inn - You Are Not Alone
02/20/2013 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.
01/26/2013 MCLE & Mass
01/16/2013 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Mary J. Kotob, MD, FACOG
12/23/2012 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
12/19/2012 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Fr. Hugh Barbour
11/25/2012 Help Feed the Hungy at Isaiah House
11/21/2012 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Hugh Hewitt
10/28/2012 Feed the Poor at Isaiah House
10/17/2012 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Fr. Chris Heath
10/01/2012 Annual Red Mass
09/19/2012 Monthly Speaker Luncheon - Abbot Eugene Hayes
08/26/2012 Feed the Poor at Isaiah House
08/15/2012 Monthly Luncheon & Speaker - Dawn Eden


We thank our friends at Advanced Depositions, a premium court reporting and litigation support company, for opening their doors to STMSOC and hosting many of our events. We encourage you to give them a try!




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Catholic attorneys, judges, law students, law enforcement and those who work in conjunction with the legal community are encouraged to join the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County in camaraderie as together we face the challenges of being the face of Christ in the midst of the secular world.  

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The St. Thomas More Society of Orange County, California, is an independent organization sponsored by lawyers and judges who are practicing members of the Roman Catholic Church. Its purpose is to encourage Catholic lawyers to live out their Christian vocation by sanctifying their daily work.

The St. Thomas More Society of Orange County is a California Non-Profit Corporation and tax exempt under IRS 501(c)(3).

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