Catholic lawyers' society

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia to visit Green Bay for inaugural meeting

Justice-ScaliaGREEN BAY, Wis. (Oct. 12, 2010) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural meeting of the newly formed St. Thomas More Lawyers' Society for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

Members and potential members are invited to attend the Oct. 28 event at the KI Convention Center, 333 Main St., Green Bay, following the 5 p.m. Red Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 130 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay.

Bishop David Ricken will be principal celebrant at the Red Mass. Bishop Emeritus Robert Banks, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau, Fr. John Doerfler and other priests will concelebrate.

The Red Mass tradition dates to 1245 in Paris. Its name comes from the color of the robes worn by judges who attended the Mass centuries ago. The first Red Mass in the U.S. was on Oct. 6, 1928, in New York City. Today, the Red Mass celebrates all legal and governmental professionals.

Three major goals

The St. Thomas More Lawyers' Society is dedicated to:
  • fostering high standards of ethics and professional responsibility exemplified by their patron, St. Thomas More;
  • engaging its members and the public in a deeper understanding of God as the source of all human rights;
  • promoting the study of theology, philosophy and jurisprudence.

Board of directors

Members of the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Green Bay's board of directors are:
  • Deacon Paul Umentem, chairman and president;
  • Tim Feldhausen, vice president and secretary;
  • Deacon Mike Grzeca, treasurer;
  • Deacon Randy Haak and Brown County Circuit Judge Kendall Kelley, members.
  • Fr. John Doerfler, chancellor of the diocese and a cannon lawyer, is an ex officio member.
The society is an independent corporation and is not sponsored by the diocese.

More information

Learn more: For facts about the Society or to register for the Oct. 28 go to
Registration deadline: Oct. 20; tickets will not be sold at the door
Dinner cost: $45 for Society members and $75 for non-members or members' guests
Dues: $25 for 2010
Contact: Deacon Ray DuBois, director of Communications, phone (920) 272-8213 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .