Local legal community holds Red Mass at King’s College

Local legal community holds Red Mass at King’s College

For Immediate Release
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October 17, 2012 – A traditional Red Mass was celebrated recently in the King’s College Chapel of Christ the King. The Mass is held annually on the same day as the opening session of the United States Supreme Court to invoke God’s blessing upon members of the legal profession, including members of the King’s College community and the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association. A Red Mass has been hosted at King’s since 2002.

The name “Red Mass” comes from the color of the vestments worn by the presider and co-celebrants, the scarlet robes of attending justices, and the gowns of law professors.  Members of the Luzerne County legal community attended the Mass and luncheon that followed.

Members of the local legal community participating in the Red Mass at King's College were, seated from left:  Rev. John J. Ryan, C.S.C., President, King's College; King's College student representatives David J. Buckman and Nicole T. Buckman; and Joseph M. Cosgrove, former Court of Common Pleas Judge of Luzerne County.  Standing:  Atty. Richard C. Shiptoski, Adjunct Professor, King's College; Atty. Joseph S. Falchek, Professor, King's College and Chair, Red Mass Committee; Rev. Thomas Looney, C.S.C., Director of Campus Ministry and College Chaplain, King's College; Deacon John E. O'Connor;  Atty. Joseph F. Saporito, Jr., President, Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association; and Atty. Joseph P.J. Burke, III, Secretary/Treasurer, Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association.

Members of the local legal community participating in the Red Mass at King's College were, seated from left:  Rev. John J. Ryan, C.S.C., President, King's College; King's College student representatives David J. Buckman and Nicole T. Buckman; and Joseph M. Cosgrove, former Court of Common Pleas Judge of Luzerne County.

Standing:  Atty. Richard C. Shiptoski, Adjunct Professor, King's College; Atty. Joseph S. Falchek, Professor, King's College and Chair, Red Mass Committee; Rev. Thomas Looney, C.S.C., Director of Campus Ministry and College Chaplain, King's College; Deacon John E. O'Connor;  Atty. Joseph F. Saporito, Jr., President, Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association; and Atty. Joseph P.J. Burke, III, Secretary/Treasurer, Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association.

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