Red Mass on October 1, 2019, at our new location - Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

2019 Red Mass


Origins of the Red Mass

 The celebration of the Red Mass originated in Paris in 1245 and spread to England around 1310 to mark the opening of each Court term. The priests and the judges of the High Court wore red robes for the Mass, giving rise to its name. The tradition of the Red Mass has continued in the United States where judges and elected officials of all faiths seek God’s guidance in the administration of justice, including the annual celebration in Washington, D.C., where members of the United States Supreme Court join members of Congress and other officials to herald the opening of the Supreme Court’s term.

Tuesday October 1, 2019 Red Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

 We hope that you will join us for this occasion.  Archbishop Charles C. Thompson of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will celebrate the Red Mass - Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at our new location - Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral located at 1347 N. Meridian St. in downtown Indy.  Mass will begin at 5:30 p.m.   

The Society extends its invitation for the Mass and Dinner to people of all faiths and professions.

Couple for All Seasons Award

This year we are honoring Brent Dickson and Jan Aikman Dickson. Together they founded the National Judicial Family Institute.  The award is given annually to those whose life and work exemplifies the ideals of St. Thomas More. Justice Dickson served on the Indiana Supreme Court for more than 30 years, and was its Chief Justice for 2 years. He received the Civility Award from the ISBA’s Litigation Section in 2015 and the IBA’s Silver Gavel Award in 2014. Jan founded the Judicial Family Institute. And, in 2012, she was inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society in recognition of her efforts for the National Center for State Courts. 

Dinner at Assembly Hall in the Catholic Center

 After Mass, we invite you to attend a Reception (at 6:45 p.m.) and Dinner (at 7:15
p.m.) at Assembly Hall in the Catholic Center - located at 1400 N. Meridian St.  


Please let us know if you will attend the Mass, the dinner, or both.  Dinner tickets are $40 per person.  Table sponsorships are also available – please call Patrick Olmstead.

You may RSVP in 3 different ways:

(1) online at;

(2) by e-mailing; or

(3) by contacting Patrick Olmstead at (317) 884-8524 or  

We look forward to seeing you at this great event.