St. Thomas More Society
of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington
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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35th Annual Red Mass
The Red Mass will be held this year on Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00 PM at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, DE 18806. The Homilist will be the Very Rev. Joseph W. McQuaide, IV.
Following the Mass, a complimentary dinner will be provided by MorrisJames LLP in the Church Hall.
Society Happy Hour
The Society will be holding a Happy Hour on Thursday, October 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at The Quoin located at 519 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Food and drinks are included. All members are encouraged to bring a non-member to introduce them to the society.
First Friday Mass
The First Friday Mass will continue this fall through spring. Mass will be held at the Wilmington Club Friday, October 7, at 7:30 AM followed by breakfast if so desired. Please let Denise Nordheimer (email@example.com) know by Thursday if you plan to attend and have breakfast (cost $34).
The Society will hold its Fall Lecture on Thursday, November 17, at 6:00 PM at Salesianum School, 1801 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19802 in Centennary Hall. Speakers are author, Christa Ressmeyer Klein and George Weigel. The topic of the lecture will be based on the book, A Grain of Wheat, a collection of Sermons by the late STMS Chaplain Father Leonard R. Klein.
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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.