The 53rd Annual Red Mass

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The 53rd Annual Red Mass
In Honor of Saint Thomas More
for the members of the Bench, Bar and Public Officials

Friday, October 7, 2022 at 12 Noon

Christ Our Shepherd Center
2900 Seminary Drive
Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Lunch immediately following.

Thank you to all who joined us!

​Keynote Speaker

Mr. Eric A. Failing

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

Mr. Eric Failing graduated from West Chester University with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and English Literature, and his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law.

He has worked in government and politics for over 25 years. First starting as an intern and later employee of a Pennsylvania State Senator, Mr. Failing went on to work for the Ridge Administration before leaving to pursue a career in government relations. Mr. Failing has lobbied for various concerns but specialized as a health care lobbyist representing clients in Pennsylvania, Maryland, the District of Columbia and before Congress. During that time, Mr. Failing served as both Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania Homecare Association as well at the Executive Director for the Maryland National Capital Homecare Association.

Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference as the Director of Social Concerns in April of 2018, Mr. Failing was the Vice President of Pennsylvania Legislative Services (PLS). During his tenure at PLS, Mr. Failing was involved in all aspects of managing and helping to run the largest legislative reporting and tracking service in the Commonwealth. On June 1, 2018, Mr. Failing was elevated to the position of Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference upon the retirement of his predecessor, Robert O’Hara.

Mr. Failing has delivered presentations at numerous conferences and press events on a variety of topics including Catholic doctrine, legislation, public relations, and politics.

The Red Mass

The Red Mass has a long history within the Catholic Church dating back to the thirteenth century when it marked the official opening of the new term for courts in most European countries.

The Red Mass is currently celebrated throughout the United States to invoke God’s blessings upon the members of the bench, bar, legislature, law enforcement and governmental agencies — all protectors and administrators of the Law. The Diocese of Greensburg and Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary have jointly sponsored the Red Mass in this Diocese since 1968.

The Red Mass is attended by judges, lawyers, political leaders, and officials of all faiths who come together to ask God to bless, strengthen and enlighten them as servants of the Law so that, in cooperation and mutual trust, they may more effectively pursue justice and freedom for all.