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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

    • 10/02/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Holy Family Cathedral | 566 S. Glassell St | Orange, CA 92866
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and the St. Thomas More Society will host the annual Red Mass at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, Monday, October 2, 2017.  Orange County judges and lawyers will attend as a group, joined by public officials and law faculty members.  

    The custom originated in Europe in the 13th century and received its distinguished name from the brilliant scarlet vestments worn by the Mass celebrant and Lord High Justices in England.

    This year we are honored to welcome back Bishop Kevin Vann in celebrating the Red Mass in Orange County and seek his blessing on the dedication and mission of our local legal community as we seek to strengthen our resolve in the upcoming judicial session.  

    We look forward to sharing a meal with Bishop Vann at the St. Thomas More Society dinner after the Red Mass where we will acknowledge exemplary work of some of Orange County’s catholic legal professionals. 

    This unique Mass for the Bench and Bar has been celebrated for many centuries all over the world. Its roots can be traced back to Paris, France where the first recorded “Red Mass” took place in 1245. It was held for centuries in the chapel of the Order of Advocates, La Sainte Chapelle, built by Louis IX. In certain localities of France, the Red Mass was celebrated in honor of St. Ives, the patron Saint of Lawyers. In England, the tradition began about 1310, during the reign of Edward I. The entire Bench and Bar attended the Red Mass together at the opening of each term of Court. 

    In keeping with our country’s rich tradition of religious freedom and diversity, the Red Mass has continued in the United States. The first Red Mass in the U.S.A. was held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Detroit in 1877.  Each year in Washington, D.C., the members of the United States Supreme Court join the President and members of Congress in celebration of the Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew at the opening of the judicial year.  The Red Mass is also celebrated in Sacramento and most other state capitals and major cities throughout the United States. 

    The St. Thomas More Society of Orange County celebrated its first Red Mass in Orange County in 1988 with many jurists and members of the Bar actively participating. The Red Mass has become as much a tradition here as it is throughout the United States and other parts of the world.

    “The Red Mass in Orange County is an honored tradition that brings the legal community together and reminds us of the lawyer’s duty as a servant to his client and to justice and equity in the law,” said Bill Malecki, Esq., current President of the St. Thomas More Society. 

    A buffet dinner will follow Mass at no cost, though we gladly accept your donations as our costs to bring you this event exceed $20,000.

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Past events

09/20/2017 Monthly Speaker - Dr. Fortanasce - Alzheimers & Marijuana, a Social Experiment
08/16/2017 Monthly Speaker Program: Katie Dawson ~ Evangelization and Faith Formation
07/23/2017 Serving our Brothers and Sisters at Isaiah House This Sunday
07/19/2017 Hank Evers & Sister Katherine Gray
05/18/2017 Thomas Aquinas College OC Regents Scholarship Breakfast with Leonardo Defilippis
05/17/2017 Speaker Luncheon - Edmund J. Mazza - Christians, Jews, and the Medieval Origins of Modern Tolerance/Religious Liberty
05/12/2017 15th Annual Conference on Business & Ethics
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


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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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