Louisiana judges, dressed in their robes, gathered at St. Louis Cathedral in JacksonSquare this morning for the 67th annual Red Mass ceremony, traditionally held the first Monday
in October. Judges, lawyers and officials of all faiths were invited to attend the Mass which isoffered for guidance in the administration of justice in the year ahead.
According to Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, “Judgesfrom across the state are in New Orleans for the annual Fall Conference October 6 - 8, which issponsored by the Louisiana Judicial College. In addition to attending the continuing legaleducation sessions and business meetings of the conference, state judges can also participate inthis solemn ceremony that is deeply rooted in tradition.”
The Red Mass is sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of the State of Louisiana and theSaint Thomas More Catholic Lawyers’ Association. The Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond,Archbishop of New Orleans was the Celebrant of today’s ceremony and the Homilist was AbbottJustin Brown, OSB, of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana.
The celebration of Red Mass goes back many centuries in Rome, Paris, and London. Stateside, the Red Mass has been celebrated annually in California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. In Louisiana, the first Red Mass was offered in St. Louis Cathedral on October 5, 1953.