BI-ANNUAL NEWSLETTER Fall 2019
31st Annual Red Mass
The 31st Annual Red Mass will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 7, 2019 at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, Delaware.
The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of Wilmington, will preside over the Mass. The Homilist is the Most Reverend John Barres, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Larchmont, NY. Bishop Barres was ordained the priesthood by Bishop Robert Mulvee on October 21, 1989. He served as an Associate Pastor Holy Family until 1992, and at St. Elizabeth Church in
Wilmington for four years. He returned to the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, where he earned a Licentiate of Canon Law in 1998 and a Doctorate in Spirituality in 1999.
Upon his return to the U.S., he became Vice Chancellor for the Diocese of Wilmington. In 2000, he was named chancellor and a Chaplin to His Holiness. In November 2005, Monsignor Barres was made an Honorary Prelate of His Holiness. On May 27, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the fourth Bishop of Allentown, PA. He was appointed Bishop of Rockville Centre, NY, on December 9, 2016 by Pope Francis.
MorrisJames LLP will provide a complimentary dinner after the Mass in the Church Hall.
Anyone in the legal community who is interested in singing at the Red Mass, please contact Dick Kirk at or at 302-429-4208
Please note the next, very special, edition of the Archbishop Edmond J. FitzMaurice Lecture Series to be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Helena’s Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Bellefonte, DE 19809.
This will be a “Musical Conversation” with renowned composer Philip WJ Stopford. Though still young, Mr. Stopford has arranged or composed a huge catalog of music, mostly church music. He will discuss his early influences and continuing inspirations.
His music will be demonstrated by four choirs, St. Helena’s Church Choir, Choir School of Delaware, Center City Chorale, and St. Andrews School’s Andrean Ensemble, and discussed in detail by Mr. Stopford.
The program will end with an open rehearsal and final performance led by Mr. Stopford of his magnificent anthem, O How Glorious Is the Kingdom with all choirs performing, accompanied by Mr. David Schelat on St. Helena’s pipe organ.
All are welcome to attend this free lecture and performance presented by the Society as a public service.
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, Wilmington. Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast to follow. Cost for the breakfast is $32.00 per person. Please RSVP by e-mail at
The Wilmington Club has a 20 person maximum capacity and requires jackets and ties for gentlemen.
31st Annual Dinner
The Society is pleased to announced that the Very Rev. Leonard R. Klein Chaplain to the Society, Rector of the Cathedral of St. Peter and Pastor of St. Patrick's Church will receive the Monsignor Paul J. Taggart St. Thomas More Award at the Society's Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner will be held at the Wilmington Country Club on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Cocktails begin at 5:00 PM (cash bar); dinner begins at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $90.00 for members and $100.00 for non-members; tables may also be purchased.