The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will hold its annual Red Mass in Fort Wayne on Sunday, October 5, at 9:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Invoking a thirteenth-century European tradition, Bishop John M. D’Arcy will preside at this traditional liturgy and has invited those who strive for the cause of justice to the Fort Wayne area — lawyers, judges and civil government officials — asking God’s blessing and guidance on all those who serve the law.
Following the Red Mass, Nicholas P. Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law at the Duquesne University School of Law, will address members of the local legal community and interested individuals at a brunch in the Anthony Wayne Ballroom of the Grand Wayne Center. The title of his address is “Christian Lawyering: What to Do When the Church Fails.”
The Mass and/or brunch are open to the public. However, a donation of $15.00 per person payable to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is suggested for the brunch. Reservations can be made by calling 260-422-4611 before September 30. Parking is suggested in the garage at Jefferson Blvd. and Clinton Street.
Biography of Nicholas P. Cafardi:
Dean Nicholas P. Cafardi is trained in theology, Canon Law and civil law. He received his undergraduate education at the Gregorian University in Rome, his master’s degree from Duquesne University, his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.C.L. and J.C.D. from the University of St. Thomas in Rome. His areas of concentration include tax-exempt organizations, legal process and procedure, and Canon Law.
Before joining Duquesne University as vice president for legal affairs in 1988, Cafardi served for 13 years as general counsel for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. He was appointed dean and professor of law at Duquesne in 1993.
One of America’s leading experts in Canon Law, Cafardi served three years on the Board of Governors of the Canon Law Society of America and currently is a member of the national Council of Catholic Bishops’ Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth. He also chaired the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Commission on Race and Gender Bias in the Judicial System.
Cafardi is author of Before Dallas, a history of the response of the Catholic Church to sexual abuse of minors through the centuries. His topic in Fort Wayne will be, “Christian Lawyering: What to Do When the Church Fails.”