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The Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Toronto Invites You to Celebrate the 94th Annual Red Mass to Mark the Opening of Ontario's Courts


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Celebrant and homilist: His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
Mass: 5:00pm
Location: St. Michael's Cathedral, 65 Bond St, Toronto, ON M5B 1X5

Reception and Dinner:

Guest Speaker: Michael Pautler, Executive Director of the Ontario Institute for Catholic Education
Time: 6:15 pm Reception;
7:00 pm Dinner
Location: Osgoode Hall Barristers Lounge and Restaurant, 130 Queen St. West. (enter through east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square)


HIS EMINENCE THOMAS CARDINAL COLLINS

Thomas Cardinal Collins

Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, where his father was the circulation manager of the Guelph Mercury and his mother was a legal secretary. He is the only son and the youngest of three siblings. His childhood home was situated behind The Church of Our Lady, where he attended and served morning Mass.

Cardinal Collins considered being a teacher or a lawyer but was profoundly inspired by his Grade 11 English teacher, Father Newstead, at Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School, who knowing him, suggested that he should consider the priesthood. In 1969 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (English) from St. Jerome College in Waterloo. In 1973 he obtained two degrees, a M.A. (English) from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Theology from St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario. That same year he was ordained to the priesthood on May 5, 1973 in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Hamilton, by Most Reverend Paul Reding.

While studying in Rome, specializing in sacred scripture and the Book of Revelation, he received his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Bible Institute in 1978 and a Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in 1986.

After holding various academic appointments, in 1997 he was appointed as Bishop of Saint Paul, Alberta. Two years later, he was named the Archbishop of Edmonton. In 2001, while in Edmonton he was named Apostolic Administrator of Saint Paul. In December 2006, he was appointed as the Archbishop of Toronto, and installed in January 2007.

In 2007 Cardinal Collins became a ex-officio member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Permanent Council, the Chancellor of the University of St. Michael's College and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, in Toronto. He is the Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Augustine's Seminary, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary, Catholic Charities and Catholic Cemeteries and is a Trustee of ShareLife's Advisory Board. In 2008, Cardinal Collins was elected President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.

During his time thus far in Toronto, Cardinal Collins has served the global church through his membership with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Congregation for Catholic Education and Commission of Cardinals for oversight of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR). He has participated in the Synod on the Eucharist, and the Synod on the Middle East, served as an Apostolic Visitor in Ireland and also as the Delegate of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for Anglicanorum Coetibus.

On January 6, 2012, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Cardinal Collins to the College of Cardinals. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals as Cardinal Priest of San Patrizio on February 18, 2012. Thomas Cardinal Collins is the 16th cardinal in Canadian history.


MICHAEL PAUTLER

Michael Pautler

The Ontario Institute for Catholic Education brings together, and assists organizations that share responsibility for English Catholic education in their efforts to promote and maintain publicly-funded Catholic schools animated by the Gospel and reflecting the tenets of the Catholic faith.

Michael Pautler has worked in Catholic education for more than 30 years, as teacher, VicePrincipal, Principal and in senior leadership roles at the school board level. He served as Director of Education for the Halton Catholic District School Board. He also has extensive experience in curriculum development and is a recipient of numerous honours including the Diocesan Medal of Honour (Diocese of Hamilton), Distinguished Leadership Award (Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association) and Canadian Educator of the Year (Niagara University College of Education).

At the time of his appointment in 2013, the President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Cardinal Thomas Collins said that “Mr. Pautler has distinguished himself as a prominent leader in Catholic education over the past three decades. In addition to strong leadership skills and extensive experience, it is clear that his faith is woven throughout his work, extending well beyond the walls of the classroom or the boardroom. We offer our prayers and best wishes as he begins in this important role.”


THE HISTORY OF THE RED MASS

The Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Toronto traces its history back to the 13th century with the initiation of the Red Mass. In the Cathedral of Paris in 1245, a Mass was held to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit on the judges of the Ecclesiastical Courts. It is believed the first liturgy was celebrated in honour of St. Ives of Brittany, the patron saint of lawyers. The practice of the Red Mass spread to England in 1310 during the reign of King Edward I. The entire Bench and Bar attended this special Eucharist at the beginning of the spring term of Court. The Name "Red Mass" became a tradition because of the red robes worn by the judges and the red vestments worn by the priests. The Red Mass has been held annually in Westminster Cathedral, London, since 1904. The Red Mass was first held in Toronto in 1925. Its sponsorship was assumed by the Guild of Our Lady of Good Counsel in 1931 and by The Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Toronto since 1968. One of the primary objectives of the Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Toronto is the sponsorship of the Red Mass.

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