A fellowship of attorneys committed to the example set by Saint Thomas More.
Each committed to promoting and fostering high ethical principles,
assisting in the spiritual growth of its members, and encouraging
The Saint Thomas More Society of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington is a collection of attorneys of various faiths committed to the examples of Saint Thomas More. The Society’s patron was born in 1477 and educated in Oxford. He married and had one son and three daughters.
While Chancellor in the King's Court, he wrote works on the governance of the realm and in defense of the Faith. He was beheaded on July 6, 1535, by Order of King Henry VIII, whom More had resisted in the matter of the King's divorce. A layman, spouse, parent, learned jurist, scholar, and martyr, St. Thomas More was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 19,1935.
The St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Wilmington was founded in 1988 with approximately 100 members of the Delaware Bar. The Society has grown over the years and has served the Diocese of Wilmington and members of the local bar.
We invite you to learn more about the Society's past, present, and future as well as opportunities to get involved with the Society.
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31st Annual Red Mass
The Society's Annual Red Mass will be held at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM. The Homilist will be the Most Reverend John Barres, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY. Morris James LLP will provide a complementary dinner following the Mass.
Anyone in the legal community who is interested in singing at the Red mass, please contact Dick Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (302)429-4208.
The Society will hold its Fall Event at 1:30 PM on Saturday, November 16th at St. Helena's Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809. Renowned Composer, Phillip WJ Stopford will conduct his stirring anthem, O How Glorious is the Kingdom. Choral demonstration performance will be given by St. Helena's Church Choir and the Choir School of Delaware.
Monthly First Friday Mass
From September through June, on the First Friday of every month, the members of the St. Thomas More Society are invited to attend Mass and Breakfast at the Wilmington Club located at 1103 North Market Street in Wilmington. Rev. Leonard Klein will celebrate Mass at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast to follow. The breakfast ends promptly at 8:40 a.m. Cost for the breakfast is $32.00 per person.
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Thomas More - A Lawyer's Prayer
Lord, grant that I may be able in argument,
accurate in analysis,
strict in study,
candid with clients,
and honest with adversaries.
Sit with me, at my desk,
and listen with me,
to my client's plaints,
Read with me in my library
and stand beside me
in court, so that today
I shall not,
in order to win a point,
lose my soul.