Upcoming Events

The Cathedral of St. Matthew, Washington, DC

The Red Mass is celebrated annually at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, traditionally on the Sunday before the first Monday in October, which marks the opening of the Supreme Court's annual term. Its purpose is to invoke God's blessings on those responsible for the administration of justice as well as on all public officials.

Principal Celebrant: His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Homilist: Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

To register for the brunch, please click here.

The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, where the Red Mass is celebrated.

To learn more about the history of the Red Mass, please click here.

2017 Pro-Bono Honorees

David L. Ralston, Jr.

Richard Bonsignore

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Catholic Charities (924 G St NW, Washington, DC 20004)

The John Carroll Society partners with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. to serve hot meals to homeless men and women through the dinner van program.

Members of the John Carroll Society volunteer certain evenings to serve food and beverages to about two hundred of the hungry in downtown D.C. outside of Catholic Charities.

Register to help on November 1st by clicking here.

Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD

Retreat Theme: The Many Faces of Being Called: The Joy and the Challenge of Being a Disciple of Jesus
Retreat Director: Msgr. Anthony Frontiero, S.T.D.

Jesus called people from Israel to follow him. He gathered disciples around him. The call to these disciples to follow after him and to place everything, without reserve, in the service of the reign of God must have accompanied his preaching from the very beginning. Jesus stands for a perpetual revolution in the life of love and truth, because he insists that all people, no matter who they are or what they have done, are invited to become children of God. Sacred Scripture is so shocking, because it reveals that the scope of Jesus' call to us, and of his healing and reconciling ways, extends to every square inch of the universe. There is no place or time, no area of our lives, where God's love does not seek to go. Indeed, the love of God revealed in the life of Jesus Christ explodes all the avenues we so often employ to avoid allowing the call of Christ to truly transform us. Come to this year's John Carroll Day of Recollection and rediscover, or discover for the first time, how the Lord may be calling you to be his friend, his disciple; and how you might respond to that call with a more authentic and generous heart.

Mount St. Mary's Seminary

Bus transportation to the retreat at Mount St. Mary's is available. If you are taking the bus, please meet at St. Ann's Church (4001 Yuma St., NW, Washington DC) at 8:00 am. Parking is available at St. Ann's. The bus will return to St. Ann's by 5:30 pm.

If you are driving on your own, please arrive at Mount St. Mary's (16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Emmitsburg, MD) by 9:30 am.

Click here to register.

Mission Statement

The John Carroll Society is an organization of Catholic professionals united in their desire for an ever deepening and enriching knowledge of their Faith and in service to the Archbishop of Washington.

News & Information

"Religion in Early America" at Smithsonian American History Museum

Now through June 3, 2018
Smithsonian National Museum of American History (Constitution Ave., NW, between 12th and 14th Streets)

The Smithsonian is now featuring an exhibit on religion in early America, including a display of the chalice and paten of Bishop John Carroll and various items from early American Catholics. Learn more about the exhibit at its website or in this Catholic News Service video.

The 65th Annual Red Mass

Sunday, October 1, 2017; 10:00 AM
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle (1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW)

The Red Mass is celebrated annually on the Sunday before the first Monday in October, which marks the opening of the Supreme Court's annual term. The Mass is open to the public. Register for the Brunch here.

Msgr. Vaghi's Thursday Reflections

Our Chaplain, Monsignor Vaghi, will offer his thought-provoking spiritual reflections during his First and Third Thursday talks. The theme this year is "The Devout Life: A Snapshot".