Law school to livestream 109th Annual Red Mass

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law invites the legal community to celebrate the 109th Annual Red Mass today beginning at noon.

Red Mass is an occasion for judges, attorneys, civic leaders, and law students of all faiths to come together and pray for blessings and strength in the coming year’s work.

For the safety of the community during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, this year’s Red Mass will be live streamed to audiences. In person church attendance will be limited to only those participating in the service itself.

A link to the live stream will be shared via email to all who register. It will also be available on the Detroit Mercy Law Homepage. A digital Red Mass program booklet will be available as event nears.

This year’s Red Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J., associate professor of Religious Studies, University of Detroit Mercy.  Wayne County Probate Court Judge Terrance A. Keith ’84, will lead the Renewal of the Lawyers’ Oath of Commitment.

Detroit Mercy Law’s annual Red Mass dates back to 1877, when Detroit College, as the University was then known, began its first year with a Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church. The School of Law continued the tradition when it opened in 1912, again hosting the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Ss. Peter and Paul through the present.

To register for the September 21 Red Mass, visit https://law.ud mercy.edu and scroll down to “Upcoming Events.”  Anyone with questions should contact Sunny at kerschsc@udmercy.edu or April at ellisoal@udmercy.edu.


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