The Red Mass Committee of Fort Worth, Texas cordially invites all attorneys, judges, public officials, and their families and staffs to attend the Red Mass on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at Saint Patrick Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth.
The Red Mass is an ancient tradition of the Church and Bar and is offered to invoke divine guidance and strength through the coming year. Read more about the history of the Red Mass.
A reception and guest lecture will immediately follow Mass at the Saint Patrick Parish Center adjacent to the Cathedral.
Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda earned a juris doctor degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1983. He was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1983 and worked as an associate in the law firm of Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay. In 1984, he enrolled at St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh and pursued the required studies in philosophy at Duquesne University before being sent to North American College in Rome in 1985 where he completed his theological studies and earned his S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1989.
He was ordained a deacon on April 6, 1989 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome by Archbishop John Quinn, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Donald W. Wuerl on July 1, 1989 in St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. After his ordination, he served briefly as Parochial Vicar Pro Tem at Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Elwood City, PA, before returning to Rome to complete his licentiate in canon law, which he received in 1991 from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Upon returning to Pittsburgh, he served in the bishop’s office as Master of Ceremonies from 1990-1992, in team ministry at Prince of Peace Parish on Pittsburgh’s South Side from 1992-1995, and as director of campus ministry at the Slippery Rock University Newman Center from 1995-1996. He also served on the Canonical Advisory Council, the Priest Council and the Priest Personnel Board.
In October 2009, he was named bishop of Diocese of Gaylord. He was named coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark in September 2013. In June 2015, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Hebda to the role of apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served at the reception. There is no cost to attend the Mass or the reception, but we gratefully accept donations to underwrite the event.