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95th Annual Red Mass & Dinner with Hon Caroline Mulroney, MPP

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St Michael's Cathedral Basilica

65 Bond St

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Toronto, ON M5B 1X5

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The Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Toronto Invites You to Celebrate the 95th Annual Red Mass to Mark the Opening of Ontario's Courts


Thursday, October 24, 2019

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


Reception and Dinner:

Guest Speaker: Hon Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs
Time: 6:15 pm Reception;
7:00 pm Dinner
Location: Osgoode Hall Barristers Lounge and Restaurant, 130 Queen St W, Toronto (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.


HON CAROLINE MULRONEY, MPP

Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs

Caroline Mulroney

Caroline was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for York-Simcoe in 2018.

Before entering politics, Caroline had a successful career in the private sector spanning business and law while effectively running a charity benefitting homeless and at-risk women.

She previously served as Vice President of BloombergSen Investment Partners, a Toronto-based investment firm, where she managed client services, marketing and business development. Prior to that, Caroline spearheaded corporate and regulatory matters related to growth opportunities in Canada and the United States for Wellington Financial LP.

As a lawyer, she was an associate at Shearman & Sterling and then Associate Director of the NYU Center for Law & Business. Caroline began her career as a financial analyst in the investment banking department of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.

Caroline is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law.

In addition to her work in the private sector, Caroline is passionate about the charitable organization she co-founded and chairs called the Shoebox Project for Shelters. With local chapters across Canada and the United States, thy coordinate and deliver gifts to thousands of women and girls in shelters or facing homelessness.

She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for SickKids Foundation, the Fraser Institute and the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, a Crown corporation and a former Governor of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Born in Montreal, Caroline grew up in Ottawa and is bilingual.

Caroline and her husband Andrew Lapham have four children and a dog, Peanut. They have a home in Georgina.


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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St Michael's Cathedral Basilica

65 Bond St

(reception to follow at Osgoode Hall)

Toronto, ON M5B 1X5

Canada

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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