Red Mass 2012

On Friday, September 7, the Villanova University School of Law community came together for its annual celebration of the Red Mass.

A Villanova tradition since 1957, the Red Mass is an occasion for faculty, alumni, students, and guests to celebrate the beginning of the Law School’s academic year. The ceremony’s traditional name is derived from the color of vestments worn by the celebrant and concelebrants, the scarlet robes of judges in attendance (which were bright scarlet in the Middle Ages), and the scarlet gowns of the members of the law faculty.

The first Red Mass was offered in 1310 during the reign of King Edward I in Westminster Abbey to mark the opening of the judicial year. Since then, the Red Mass has been celebrated to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit for all those who seek justice.

Red Mass

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Thomas of Villanova Church at Villanova University

Principal Celebrant

The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 A&S
President, Villanova University


The Rev. Rob Hagan, OSA, JD, ’87 A&S
Associate Athletic Director, Villanova University

A complimentary reception will be held immediately following at the Law School.
No RSVP necessary.

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