St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth


REd Mass

The St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth cordially invites all attorneys, judges, law students, public officials, and their families and staff to attend the 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, 2024

6:00 pm

St. Patrick Cathedral

1206 Throckmorton St.

in downtown Fort Worth, Texas 

Parking Information

A reception and dinner follow at the Fort Worth Club featuring Anthony R. Picarello, Jr. as the keynote speaker. Mr. Picarello is the Executive Director of the St. John Paul II National Shrine and formerly served as General Counsel for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  There is no charge to attend Red Mass, but tickets are required for dinner.  


Ticket prices do not cover the cost of the event, so we gratefully accept donations to underwrite the event. Sponsorships are available for firms and individuals who wish to support the event. The Fort Worth Red Mass is co-sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and the St. Thomas More Society 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. Read more about the history of the Red Mass.

About Anthony R. Picarello

As Executive Director, Anthony R. Picarello oversees the St. John Paul II National Shrine’s development and coordinates relations between the Shrine and the Knights of Columbus headquarters in New Haven.

Prior to his work at the Shrine, Anthony served as Associate General Secretary and General Counsel for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  As Associate General Secretary, he oversaw the policy and advocacy work of USCCB, and as General Counsel, he led the office that served as in-house counsel to the USCCB and administered the National Diocesan Attorneys Association.  In both roles, Anthony helped to staff and otherwise support various USCCB Committees, including on Child and Youth Protection, on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and on Religious Liberty.  In 2009, Anthony was appointed to serve a one-year term on the first White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Anthony previously served at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty for seven years, litigating major religious freedom cases on behalf of people of all faiths, and serving in various leadership roles.  He began his career as a lawyer with a federal district court clerkship, followed by three-and-a-half years at the Washington law firm of Covington and Burling.  He is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and almost all federal Courts of Appeals.  In 2007, Anthony was named to The American Lawyer’s list of the top 50 litigators under age 45.

Anthony earned his law degree at the University of Virginia, where he was Essays Editor of the Virginia Law Review and won the school’s Jessup International Law Moot Court competition.  Before law school, Anthony earned his A.M. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, where his thesis focused explored the relationship between the ideas of Bernard Lonergan and John Courtney Murray. Anthony earned his A.B., magna cum laude, in Social Anthropology and Comparative Religion from Harvard University, writing his thesis on the concept of inculturation as it relates to Catholic missions in India.

History of the Red Mass

The Red Mass is a tradition within the Catholic Church dating back to the Thirteenth Century when it officially opened the term of the court for most European countries.

The celebrants—government officials, lawyers, and judges—would proceed into a church clothed in red vestments or red garments, signifying the fire of the Holy Spirit's guidance to all who pursue justice in their daily lives.

This important historic tradition was introduced into the United States in 1928 in the Church of St. Andrew, located in New York City. The Mass was presided over by His Eminence Patrick Cardinal Haves, who strongly encouraged and supported the involvement of the legal community in spreading the Word of God.

The Red Mass is currently celebrated in dioceses throughout the United States to invoke God's blessing upon lawyers, judges, and public servants.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our generous sponsors make this event possible. Sponsorship levels are as follows:

Platinum - $5000

Gold - $1000

Platinum Sponsors will receive recognition in the dinner program and on our website. Platinum Sponsors also receive a complementary one-page printed advertisement in the dinner program (5.5" wide x 8.5" tall). Print deadline is September 20th.

Gold Sponsors will receive recognition in the dinner program and on our website. Gold Sponsors also receive a complimentary half-page printed advertisement in the dinner program (5.5" wide x 4.25" tall). Print deadline is September 20th.

Sponsorship donations can be made mailed to 514 E Belknap St. Suite 200, Fort Worth TX 76102. Please make checks payable to "St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth." Alternatively, you may make a donation online. For online donations, please let us know in the "memo" field how you would like to be listed in our donor acknowledgements. 

Please contact Courtney Taylor, President of St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth, at ctaylor@stmsfw.org or 817-527-1175 with any questions. 

St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.  

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Map & Directions

The Red Mass is held at Saint Patrick Cathedral at 1206 Throckmorton Street in downtown Fort Worth. Click here for driving directions from Google Maps.

Surface parking is available on adjacent streets and in the lots shown on the map below. Parking is also available in the Houston St. parking garage across Throckmorton Street from the Cathedral for $18.

The Fort Worth Red Mass is co-sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and the St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth and is organized by the Red Mass Committee of the St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth. Attorney Robert Gieb is the committee chair. To contact Mr. Gieb, please call (817) 336-5681 or email him at rjgieb@gieblaw.com.