Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson will serve as keynote speaker at the Thirteenth Annual Judicial Red Mass on October 1, marking the official opening of the judicial year. Open to people of all faith traditions who have a concern for peace and justice for all, the event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street.
Sponsored by The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lubbock, the Mass will be followed with remarks by Justice Johnson, a graduate of Texas Tech Law School who practiced law in Lubbock from 1975 to 1978. He was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court on March 15, 2005, by Gov. Rick Perry. He was serving as chief justice of the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo at the time of his appointment.
The Red Mass is a centuries' old tradition that started in England in which judges, lawyers, public officials, law faculty members, members of their administrative staffs and anyone in the community with a concern for justice to call upon the supreme law giver, God, for his blessings for the administration of justice and for those whose duty is to teach, judge, and resolve legal matters.
The Most Reverend Plácido Rodríguez, CMF, bishop of Lubbock, will serve as the principal celebrant for the Red Mass. Those in the entrance processional may include members of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, federal, state, county and municipal judges from the 25 counties in the Diocese of Lubbock, elected officials, priests and deacons from the diocese, and by the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Serra Club and the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
A reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will follow at Bishop Plácido Rodríguez Hall. Dress is business attire with red accents for both men and women. The event is open to the public, including non-Catholics and all who have a concern for justice.