St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth

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Red Mass - September 26, 2024

All attorneys, judges, public officials, law students, and their families and staffs are cordially invited to the annual Red Mass with the Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. All members of the legal profession are welcome at the Red Mass, regardless of religious affiliation. 

Thursday, September 26

6:00 pm

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

The Red Mass is an ancient tradition of the Church and Bar and is offered to invoke divine guidance and strength through the coming year. Reception and dinner to follow at the Fort Worth Club featuring Anthony R. Picarello, Jr. as the keynote speaker. There is no charge for attending Red Mass, but tickets are required for those attending the dinner.   

Past Events

Representing Whistleblowers: A Legal and Moral Framework Challenging Transgender Ideology in Medicine - April 25, 2024

The St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society present Marcella Burke, Managing Partner of Burke Law Group. Marcella will discuss her work representing whistleblowers, including Dr. Eithan Haim who currently is being targeted by the DOJ for exposing ongoing pediatric transgender programs at Texas Children's Hospital.

Noon on Thursday, April 25, 2024

Reata Restaurant

310 Houston St.

Fort Worth


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Lunch is $27 including tax/tip, paid directly to Reata at the event. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the Federalist Society, there is no cost for CLE for this event. RSVP to info@stmsfw.org.

How Carl Trueman’s Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self and Richard Epstein’s Linguistic Relativism Help Explain the "War of All Against All" - March 8, 2024

Using theologian Carl Trueman’s book Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self and professor Richard Epstein’s law review article Linguistic Relativism and the Decline of the Rule of Law as guideposts, Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk will discuss how the philosophy and psychology of the Therapeutic Self and law school theories of Linguistic Relativism erode the “shared vocabulary” necessary to the Rule of Law.  Judge Kacsmaryk was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in 2019 and serves in the Amarillo Division. 

Noon on Friday, March 8, 2024

Reata Restaurant

310 Houston St.

Fort Worth

Vegetarian and pescatarian lunch options available

1 hr ethics CLE

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Register

Lunch is $20 plus tax/tip paid directly to Reata at the event. There is no cost (other than lunch) for non-attorneys to attend the event. For attorneys, CLE credit is $30 for nonmembers and complimentary for our members and residents of the Dallas Diocese who are members of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas. Secure online payment is available, and attendees who wish to pay via check/cash for membership or CLE may bring payment to the event. Not a member? Join today! 

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.0 credit hour, of which 1.0 credit hour will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit. 

Defending Conscience Rights in the New Healthcare Paradigm - January 24, 2024

Peter H. Wickersham will discuss the history of conscience protections in U.S. law, the current status of the law on state and federal levels, as well as recent and ongoing litigation in this area. Peter has over 25 years of experience, is board certified in health law, and is the Immediate Past President of the Catholic Bar Association. He practices exclusively health law in San Antonio. 

Noon on Wednesday, January 24

Reata Restaurant

310 Houston St.

Fort Worth

1 hr CLE requested

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Lunch is $20 plus tax/tip paid directly to Reata at the event. There is no cost (other than lunch) for non-attorneys to attend the event. For attorneys, CLE credit is $30 for nonmembers and complimentary for our members and residents of the Dallas Diocese who are members of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas. Secure online payment is available, and attendees who wish to pay via check/cash for membership or CLE may bring payment to the event. Not a member? Join today! 

An application for accreditation of this activity has been submitted to the MCLE Committee of the State Bar of Texas and is pending. 

Holy Hour - December 20, 2023

Join us for adoration

Wednesday, December 20th

6:30 - 7:30 am 

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

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Join other STMS members for adoration once a month. Optional breakfast nearby to follow. Feel free to bring your rosary, Bible, other spiritual reading, etc. We will sit on the right side of the church and meet afterward in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is free until 8 am ($1.50/hour thereafter). More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass.  

Weekday Mass - December 12, 2023

Join us for Mass

Tuesday, December 12th

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 

12:05 pm

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

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Join other STMS members at Mass once a month. Optional lunch nearby to follow.  We will sit on the right side of the church and meet after Mass in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is $1.50/hour. More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass 

Weekday Mass - November 21, 2023

Join us for Mass

Tuesday, November 21st

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

12:05 pm

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

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Join other STMS members at Mass once a month. Optional lunch nearby to follow.  We will sit on the right side of the church and meet after Mass in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is $1.50/hour. More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass 

Fall Social - November 16, 2023

A joint event with the Texas A&M Law School St. Thomas More Society members!

Thursday, November 16

5:30-7:30 pm

at 

Acre Distilling Co.

1309 Calhoun St.

Fort Worth

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Spouses and significant others are welcome to attend. The event is complimentary for members and law students and $15 for guests. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and a happy hour beverage are included; cash bar thereafter (menu). 

Register

Generously sponsored by

Tim & Lindsay Davis

Healthcare Law: What Non-Healthcare Lawyers Need to Know - November 14, 2023

Jackson Walker partner Jeff Drummond is one of the nation’s foremost experts on healthcare law, and is a member of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas. His lecture will be a CLE primer for all lawyers on what they need to know about healthcare law. Jeff is best known for his leading expertise on medical privacy, having published the leading blog on the subject for more than two decades.  This will be a practical, non-religious CLE.

Noon on Tuesday, November 14

Reata Restaurant

310 Houston St.

Fort Worth

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1 hr CLE

Register

Lunch is $20 plus tax/tip paid directly to Reata at the event. There is no cost (other than lunch) for non-attorneys to attend the event. For attorneys, CLE credit is $30 for nonmembers and complimentary for our members and residents of the Dallas Diocese who are members of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas. Secure online payment is available, and attendees who wish to pay via check/cash for membership or CLE may bring payment to the event. Not a member? Join today! 

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1 credit hour.

Holy Hour - November 9, 2023

Join us for adoration

Thursday, November 9th

6:30 - 7:30 am 

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

Join other STMS members for adoration once a month. Optional breakfast nearby to follow. Feel free to bring your rosary, Bible, other spiritual reading, etc. We will sit on the right side of the church and meet afterward in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is free until 8 am ($1.50/hour thereafter). More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass.  

2023 Catholic Bar Association Conference - October 26-28

This year's conference will be held at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. Details on the CBA's website: https://catholicbar.org/CBA2023

Weekday Mass - October 24, 2023

Join us for Mass

Tuesday, October 24th

7:00 am

at

Our Mother of Mercy

1001 E. Terrell Ave., Fort Worth

(in Historic Southside)


Fr. Strittmatter is available for confession from 6:20-6:55 am 

Join other STMS members at Mass once a month. Optional breakfast nearby to follow. We will sit together on the left side of the church and meet outside after Mass. Parking is available on the west side of the church along New York Ave. and in the lot to the east on the other side of the parish offices (red-orange brick building next to the church).  Entrance to the lot is on E. Terrell. 

Holy Hour - October 19, 2023

Join us for adoration

Thursday, October 19th

6:30 - 7:30 am 

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

Join other STMS members for adoration once a month. Optional breakfast nearby to follow. Feel free to bring your rosary, Bible, other spiritual reading, etc. We will sit on the right side of the church and meet afterward in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is free until 8 am ($1.50/hour thereafter). More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass.  

Advance Directives and End-of-Life Considerations - October 12, 2023

The Most Rev. Michael F. Olson, S.T.D., M.A., Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, will discuss the ethical and moral considerations of end-of-life medical decision-making in conjunction with the Texas Advance Directives Act, including recent legislative updates. After graduate studies at the Center for Health Care Ethics as a Presidential Fellow at Saint Louis University, he earned his doctorate in moral theology at the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome with a concentration in Bioethics. His Dissertation is entitled The Function of Prudence in Withholding/Withdrawal of Assisted Hydration and Nutrition from PVS Patients: A Consideration of the Approach of Germain Grisez. Bishop Olson has testified numerous times before the Texas Legislature on advance directives and end-of-life care. 

Noon on Thursday, October 12

Reata Restaurant

310 Houston St.

Fort Worth

1 hr CLE (0.5 hr ethics)

Register

Lunch is $20 plus tax/tip paid directly to Reata at the event. There is no cost (other than lunch) for non-attorneys to attend the event. For attorneys, CLE credit is $30 for nonmembers and complimentary for our members and residents of the Dallas Diocese who are members of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas. Attendees who wish to pay via check/cash for membership or CLE may bring payment to the event. Not a member? Join today!  

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1 credit hour, of which 0.5 credit hour will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.

Red Mass - September 28, 2023

All attorneys, judges, public officials, law students, and their families and staffs are cordially invited to the annual Red Mass with the Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. All members of the legal profession are welcome at the Red Mass, regardless of religious affiliation. 

Thursday, September 28

6:00 pm

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

The Red Mass is an ancient tradition of the Church and Bar and is offered to invoke divine guidance and strength through the coming year. Reception and dinner to follow at the Fort Worth Club featuring Notre Dame Law Professor Nicole S. Garnett as the keynote speaker. Prof. Garnett will discuss religious liberty and education policy. The presentation has been accredited for 0.5 hours of CLE.


Registration is required for each person attending the dinner. You must register by September 20. Please be sure to list each guest.

[Registration is closed]

Catholic Perspectives from the Bench - September 18, 2023


Texas A&M Law's St. Thomas More Society (student organization) presents a panel discussion on Catholicism and the bench featuring Justice Elizabeth Kerr from the Second Court of Appeals, Judge Mark Pittman from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and Judge Doug Allen from Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 3. 


Monday, September 18

12:00 noon 


Room 106

Texas A&M University School of Law

1515 Commerce St.

Fort Worth 

Contact Max Voboril with any questions: maxvoboril@tamu.edu or (414) 617-1691.

What Does the Law Have to Do With Virtue? - September 14, 2023

Jonathan J. Sanford, Ph.D., President of the University of Dallas, will present a CLE on law and virtue, including positive law, natural law, the virtues, law's relationship to the legal profession, and the role the law should have in promoting virtue if we want to achieve a flourishing society. 

Noon on Thursday, September 14

Reata Restaurant

310 Houston St.

Fort Worth

1 hr ethics CLE

[Registration is closed]

Lunch is $20 plus tax/tip paid directly to Reata at the event. There is no cost (other than lunch) for non-attorneys to attend the event. For attorneys, CLE credit is $30 for nonmembers and complimentary for our members and residents of the Dallas Diocese who are members of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas. Secure online payment is available, and attendees who wish to pay via check/cash for membership or CLE may bring payment to the event. Not a member? Join today! 

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1 credit hour, of which 1 credit hour will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.

Holy Hour - September 7, 2023

Join us for adoration

Thursday, September 7th

6:30 - 7:30 am 

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

Join other STMS members for adoration once a month. Optional breakfast nearby to follow. Feel free to bring your rosary, Bible, other spiritual reading, etc. We will sit on the right side of the church and meet afterward in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is free until 8 am ($1.50/hour thereafter). More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass.  

Weekday Mass - August 9, 2023

Join us for Mass

Wednesday, August 9th

7:00 am

at

Our Mother of Mercy

1001 E. Terrell Ave., Fort Worth

(in Historic Southside)

Join other STMS members at Mass once a month. Optional breakfast nearby to follow. We will sit together on the left side of the church and meet outside after Mass. Parking is available on the west side of the church along New York Ave. and in the lot to the east on the other side of the parish offices (red-orange brick building next to the church).  Entrance to the lot is on E. Terrell. 

Holy Hour - August 3, 2023

Join us for adoration

Thursday, August 3rd

5:30 - 6:30 pm 

at

All Saints

214 NW 20th St.

Fort Worth

Join other STMS members for adoration once a month. Optional dinner or drinks nearby to follow. Feel free to bring your rosary, Bible, other spiritual reading, etc. Adoration at All Saints is in the main church (entrance on 20th). Free street parking is available on the adjacent roads. Additional space is available in the school parking lot on the north end of the block. (Need some ideas on what to do at adoration? There are lots of resources available online!)

Weekday Mass - July 27, 2023

Join us for Mass

Thursday, July 27th

12:05 pm

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

Join other STMS members at Mass once a month. Optional lunch nearby to follow.  We will sit on the right side of the church and meet after Mass in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is $1.50/hour. More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass 

Aging With Grace - July 18, 2023

A Catholic workshop for empty nesters, retirees, caregivers, and their loved ones (or anyone who hasn't made a will). As we age or care for aging parents, we often wonder what the Church teaches about ethical medical decisions, the sanctity of life, and preparing documents, such as advance directives or a will. This event will help answer those questions and provide guidance and inspiration for the journey ahead! Our own Ross Griffith and Jenna Lusk will be presenting the segment on elder law. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. 

Tuesday, July 18th

10:00 am - 2:00 pm 

at

Holy Family

6150 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth 

Cosponsored with the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Respect Life Office and the Advancement Foundation. 

Register online at: https://www.advancementfoundation.org/aging-with-grace 

Holy Hour - July 12, 2023

Join us for adoration

Wednesday, July 12th

5:30 - 6:30 pm 

at

St. Andrew

(in the adoration chapel)

3312 Dryden Rd.

Fort Worth

Join other STMS members for adoration once a month. Optional dinner or drinks nearby to follow. Feel free to bring your rosary, Bible, other spiritual reading, etc. (Need some ideas on what to do at adoration? There are lots of resources available online!)

Weekday Mass - June 21, 2023

Join us for Mass

Wednesday, June 21st

12:05 pm

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

Join other STMS members at Mass once a month. Optional lunch nearby to follow.  We will sit on the right side of the church and meet after Mass in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is $1.50/hour. More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass 

Holy Hour - June 7, 2023

Join us for adoration

Wednesday, June 7th

6:30 - 7:30 am 

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

Join other STMS members for adoration once a month. Optional breakfast nearby to follow. Feel free to bring your rosary, Bible, other spiritual reading, etc. We will sit on the right side of the church and meet afterward in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is free until 8 am ($1.50/hour thereafter). More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass.  

Weekday Mass - May 24, 2023

Join us for Mass

Wednesday, May 24th

12:05 pm

at

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth

Join other STMS members at Mass once a month with optional lunch nearby to follow.  We will sit on the right side of the church and meet after Mass in front of the rectory (red brick building next door). Free parking is available in the Cathedral's lots to the south on Jennings and Texas streets. Metered street parking is $1.50/hour. More information on parking, including a map of the free lots, is available here: https://www.stpatrickcathedral.org/home/join-us-for-mass.  Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Members Happy Hour - May 4, 2023

Join us for street tacos and margaritas!

Thursday, May 4th 

5:30-7:30 pm

at 

Blue Mesa Grill

612 Carroll Street

Fort Worth

Spouses and significant others are welcome. The event is complimentary for members and $30 for guests. Food and your first margarita are included; cash bar thereafter. RSVP to info@stmsfw.org by April 26th. Register guests here

Co-sponsored by:

The Death Penalty: Policy and Ethical Considerations - April 11, 2023

Deputy Chief Allenna Bangs from the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office and Fr. Samuel J. Maul, parochial vicar at St. John the Apostle in North Richland Hills and chaplain to the St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth, will discuss Texas and federal law regarding capital punishment, the policy and ethical considerations of imposing the death penalty, and natural law arguments for and against the death penalty.

1 hour ethics CLE

Noon on Tuesday, April 11 

Reata Restaurant

310 Houston St.

Fort Worth

Downstairs in The 35th Room 


[Registration is closed]

Lunch is $20 plus tax/tip paid directly to Reata at the event. CLE credit is $30 for nonmembers and complimentary for our members and residents of the Dallas Diocese who are members of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas. Secure online payment is available, and attendees who wish to pay via check/cash for membership or CLE may bring payment to the event. Not a member? Join today! 

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1 credit hour, of which 1 credit hour will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.

The Legal Enforcement of Morality - March 7, 2023

Fr. Samuel J. Maul will discuss the historical debate between Oxford professor H. L. A. Hart, a staunch legal positivist, and British jurist Lord Patrick Devlin regarding the appropriateness of laws concerning homosexuality and prostitution, contrasting this with the Natural Law perspective set forth by St. Thomas Aquinas and Prof. Robert P. George. 

1 hr ethics CLE 

Registration required for CLE credit

Noon on Tuesday, March 7 

Reata Restaurant

310 Houston St.

Fort Worth


[registration closed]


Lunch is $25 including tax/tip (paid directly to Reata). CLE credit is $30 for nonmembers and complimentary for our members and residents of the Dallas Diocese who are members of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas.  Not a member?  Join today! Attendees who wish to pay via check for membership or CLE may bring a check to the event. 

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1 credit hour, of which 1 credit hour will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.

Thomas More on Ethics, Law, and Liberty - October 27, 2022

Dr. Gerard Wegemer, renowned Thomas More scholar and professor at the University of Dallas, will share with us More’s understanding on the relationship between liberty, ethics, and the law. This will be STMS FW's inaugural event. Lunch is $20 plus tax/tip.

Noon on Thursday, October 27 at Reata (310 Houston St.)

1 hr ethics CLE | RSVP below

[RSVP closed]

Catholic Bar Association Conference - October 13-15, 2022

Catholic Lawyers: Upholding the Rule of Law 

Sponsored by the Catholic Bar Association and the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas 

The 2022 General Assembly and Annual Conference will be held at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas beginning with a reception Thursday evening, followed by CLE sessions all day Friday and Saturday. For more information or to register for the conference, visit the conference website.

Red Mass - September 29, 2022

The Red Mass Committee of Fort Worth, Texas cordially invites all attorneys, judges, public officials, law students, and their families and staffs to attend the Red Mass on 

Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
at Saint Patrick Cathedral
1206 Throckmorton Street
in downtown Fort Worth

Go to fortworthredmass.org for more information
and to RSVP for the reception.