SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University School of Law will present the 2012 Red Mass for the Legal Profession at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10 at St. Aloysius Church (330 E. Boone Ave.). A reception will follow from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cataldo Hall, located approximately 30 paces northeast from the main entrance to St. Aloysius Church.
Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, will be the principal celebrant and will deliver the homily. Gonzaga alumna Va Lena Curran (’58) will serve as cantor. Music will be provided by Steven R. Schaubel, director of liturgical music at St. Aloysius Parish.
At the conclusion of the liturgy, Gonzaga Law School will present the 2012 Distinguished Judicial Service Award to the Hon. Gregory D. Sypolt, Spokane County Superior Court judge. Judge Sypolt, a 1976 graduate of Gonzaga Law School, has served on the District Court bench since 1997, and served as its presiding judge in 2002-03.
The 2012-13 Washington Judges Foundation Lawless Memorial Scholarship also will be awarded at the reception.
Originally held in 1310, Red Mass marked the beginning of the Michaelmas (fall term) of the King’s Bench during the reign of Edward of England. It was an occasion of pageantry and solemnity as judges, barristers and members of Parliament gathered to invoke God’s blessing and guidance for themselves and their profession.
Those planning to attend are asked to please RSVP to the Law School alumni office at (509) 313-3738 or via email.