WASHINGTON, D.C.—His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the homilist for the Red Mass, held annually in Washington the day before the United States Supreme Court’s new term opens. The Mass is offered to invoke God’s blessing and guidance on justices, judges, attorneys and senior government officials. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will be the principal celebrant at the Mass. Media coverage is welcomed. Details are as follows:
60th Annual Red Mass
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
(Seating for credentialed journalists will be available inside. No cameras will be allowed inside; cameras may be set up in the media area across the street from the main entrance to the cathedral on Rhode Island Avenue.)
The Red Mass is a tradition that dates back many centuries to Rome, Paris and London. The name comes from the color of the vestments worn by the celebrants and the color of fire, a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
At a brunch following the Mass, local professionals and a law firm will be honored with Pro Bono Legal Awards in recognition of volunteer service. Last year, $8 million in pro bono legal services were donated to people in need through the Archdiocesan Legal Network of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.
The Red Mass and Pro Bono Legal Awards are sponsored each year by the John Carroll Society, a Washington area organization that provides spiritual, intellectual, charitable and social opportunities for Catholic professionals and business men and women in service to the Archbishop of Washington (www.johncarrollsociety.org).
The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.
AMS-endorsed chaplains serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed chaplains also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.
The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.
Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.
The Wounded Warrior Project provides support for injured members of the U.S. armed forces.
The Fisher House Foundation provides lodgings for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.
For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit www.milarch.org, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.