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Annual Red Mass, Dinner & Lecture

Paul Scalia

The University of Portland’s Garaventa Center cordially invites you to this year’s Red Mass, invoking the gifts of the Spirit upon those entrusted with the law in our nation:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

5:30 p.m. Mass of the Holy Spirit offered for members of the legal profession – Chapel of Christ the Teacher, open to all

6:30 p.m. Dinner and Lecture in Bauccio Commons – tickets $55/person or $440/table of 8*

Lecture presented by Fr. Paul Scalia, Diocese of Arlington, Virginia: “In Fairness to the Pharisees: The Law, Laws, and Lawlessness."

Please RSVP for the dinner by September 5.

Contact the Garaventa Center at 503-943-7702 or to see if tickets are still available.

Click here to make a tax deductible gift.

By contributing to the Garaventa Fund you will help sponsor participation at this Red Mass event for Holy Cross religious members and for attorneys new to the profession or in public service, for whom the ticket price is out of reach. 

Fr. Paul Scalia, son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, studied theology in Rome and was ordained a priest in 1996 for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.  He has served in several parishes in Northern Virginia and is currently the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy in the Diocese.  His first book, That Nothing May Be Lost: Reflections on Catholic Doctrine and Devotion, was published in 2017. In his lecture, Fr. Scalia considers the virtues and vices of the Pharisees – typically labeled the villains of the Gospels – to better understand the reality of divine law, the importance of human laws, and our current situation of seeming lawlessness.

What is the Red Mass? The annual Red Mass invokes gifts of the Holy Spirit - wisdom, understanding, counsel and fortitude – upon the members of the legal profession to aid them in carrying out their profound responsibility to administer justice with mercy. The Mass takes its name from the red vestments worn by the clergy, representing the tongues of fire associated with the Holy Spirit, and from the scarlet robes that were traditionally worn by judges. The first documented Red Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Paris in the year 1245.

For more information, contact the Garaventa Center at 503-943-7702 or 

*A limited number of complimentary seats are available for attorneys new to practice or in public service. Contact the Garaventa Center for details.