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PUBLIC NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR CATHOLIC LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Winner Announced After Annual Archdiocesan Red Mass, September 30

Chicago, IL (August 1, 2007)—For the first time, public nominees are being sought for the Catholic Lawyer of the Year Award. Nominees should be “attorneys that practice their faith in an exemplary manner while using their legal training as an advocate for the vulnerable,” said Fr. William Grogan, chaplain of the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

Nominations are being accepted through Wednesday, August 15 by U.S. Mail to Fr. Grogan’s attention at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, P.O. Box 1979, Chicago, IL 60690 or by Email at: nominations@archchicago.org. The winning attorney will be announced at a brunch that follows the annual Archdiocesan Red Mass, which will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, September 30 at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets.

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant of this year’s Red Mass. The brunch will take place at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus. Both events are hosted by the Catholic Lawyers Guild, which was founded in the 1930’s to help Catholic attorneys “address issues such as divorce,“ said Fr. Grogan.

Red Masses began in thirteenth century Europe, and are so named as the clergy, judges and legal scholars in attendance wore red to symbolize the tongues of fire that descended on Jesus’ Apostles. Today, the Masses take place across the country and invoke the Holy Spirit’s guidance for the coming year. They are always held on the Sunday prior to the first Monday of October, the opening day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s fall session.

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