HIStory of the red mass

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City is proud to sponsor annually, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Kansas City-Kansas and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, the Red Mass. The Red Mass is a tradition in the Catholic Church that can be traced back to the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. The Mass is traditionally celebrated in the fall, at what was the beginning of the term of court, for judges, prosecutors, politicians, attorneys, law students, government officials, law professors and anyone involved in the legal profession or a position of public trust. This special time of prayer and blessing asks the Holy Spirit to guide the members of the legal profession in the pursuit of justice and to grant them wisdom to appreciate the great responsibility that comes with this noble profession.

The legal profession in Kansas City, like so many other cities in America and throughout the world, is blessed to have the opportunity to gather together once a year, and pray for God’s blessing upon our profession. We hope that you will consider joining us!

For more information on the Red Mass, please contact Joshua McCaig at jmccaig@polsinelli.com or Erik Bendorf at ebendorf01@gmail.com.


September 27th at 6:30 PM, ST. PETER’S PARISH, 815 E. MEYER BOULEVARD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64131

This year's Red Mass with be held at St. Peter’s Parish in Kansas City, MO, and will celebrated by both Archbishop Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and Bishop Johnston of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. In addition, Bishop Rivituso of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will also celebrate Mass and give the homily. The Red Mass will be followed by a Reception in the Narthex.

Click here to register.