President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. and
Dean Annette E. Clark '89
cordially invite you to our
Please join us for this traditional gathering that recognizes and celebrates the legal profession's vital role in promoting justice and peace through our work and academic endeavors.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
6:00 p.m. Mass • The Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University
7:00 p.m. Reception honoring our alumni on the bench, past and present
Sullivan Hall, Second Floor Gallery
featuring an address by
Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General
RSVP to attend the Mass, reception, or both. Please respond by September 23.
For those members of the judiciary who wish to take part in the procession,
please plan to wear your judicial robes.
The Story of Red Mass
Red Mass is a tradition dating back to 13th century England, when both priests and judges wore robes in the color of the ecclesiastical seasons and events. The color red is worn for this Mass as a symbol of the Holy Spirit and of our call and commitment to social justice in our work and academic endeavors.
Historically, the Red Mass was held in Westminster to celebrate the beginning of Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael on September 29 or fall term of the King's Bench. The gathering was an occasion for pageantry and solemnity as judges, barristers, and members of Parliament invoked God's blessing and guidance for themselves and their profession. Today, Seattle University and its School of Law join many throughout the United States and the world who celebrate this tradition annually at the opening of the judicial year, to emphasize the legal profession's vital role in promoting justice and peace.