Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Annoucenment: Red Mass

Red Mass celebration in the Diocese of Honolulu this year will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace this Thursday, January 19, at 9 a.m. Bishop Larry Silva always officiates over this important event in our Church and the State of Hawai'i.

Red Mass Live January 19, 2012 at 9am

Please join HICTV as we broadcast live from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, the “RED MASS”.  Thursday, January 19, 2012, 9am.
Here is more info on the Mass and the Guest Speaker:

Fr. John A. Coleman, SJ, a Jesuit priest of 44 years and prominent American scholar, author and lecturer on numerous topics associated with the Catholic Church and the modern world, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Red Mass of the Diocese of Honolulu. The following is a brief synopsis of Fr. Coleman’s subject:

The relationship between American law and faith has long been a subject of controversy. Some secularists insist on a rigid separation. In their view, the state must remain totally neutral in all matters of faith. Some people who are religious feel that an overly dogmatic separation of church and state can, in fact, actually impede the free exercise of a religion which is concerned about the faith that does justice. They fear that rigid separation of faith and the state can degenerate into a separation of faith even from civil society, as if persons of faith lack ordinary citizen’s rights to critique or push for policies in relation to the common good of society. Others believe that some of the most important tenets of American law have religious roots and is enriched when it engages matters of faith. How to understand our precious first amendment in ways that relate law and faith in positive ways, while respecting the state’s role to promote all citizens’ (religious or not) rights and duties? How do or should sacred and secular law intersect?

Fr. Coleman, armed with a licentiate in theology and doctorate in sociology, has taught courses in social theory, American religion and culture, Catholic social teaching, politics, ethics, globalization and more in educational institutions across the United States and around the world. A sought-after speaker, Fr. Coleman has delivered countless lectures in universities and other prominent settings on topics ranging from globalism to spirituality to ministry to gays and lesbians. Member of numerous boards, commissions, and the recipient of multiple academic honors, Fr. Coleman is frequently quoted in media such as Time magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, CNN and National Public Radio.

The Red Mass has been a tradition in Hawaii since 1955. It is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. Customarily celebrated each January, the month when the state legislature opens, this public liturgy is the church’s prayer to the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance four our islands’ public servants. Many leaders in our community will be in attendance. The Mass begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu.

Please join us. For more information, contact the Office of the Bishop at (808) 585-3347 or rbannigan@rcchawaii.org.

Red Mass in 2011 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace with Governor Neil Abercrombie in attendance.