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Cardinal Egan to Celebrate Red Mass

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has invited all members of the legal and government community to attend a Red Mass at noon on October 9th at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass, which will be followed by a reception at the Clarion Hotel, one block from the Cathedral.

The Red Mass recognizes government officials and all who work in the legal profession. It had its origin in the 13th Century and was first introduced in the United States in 1928. The Mass gets its name from the red vestments worn by the celebrant and concelebrants to symbolize the Holy Spirit, whose guidance is invoked to assist all those who seek justice.

In his letter of invitation, the Bishop expressed special thanks to members of the legal community who have been assisting in planning the Mass and reception: Judge Allyson Duncan, Judge Terrence Boyle, Judge James Dever, Judge Ann Marie Calabria, Judge Paul Gessner, Mr. Tom Lindgren, and Mr. Kieran Shanahan.
Cardinal Edward M. Egan was born in Oak Park, Ill. in 1932. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1957 in Rome. He holds a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University and was appointed an Auditor of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota in 1972. In 1985 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of New York and was made Bishop of Bridgeport in 1988. In 2000 he was made Archbishop of New York, where he served until his retirement earlier this year.