With the celebration of this twentieth Rose Mass, the John Carroll Society continues a tradition begun in 1992. Named the “Rose Mass,” it takes place annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (“Laetare Sunday”), a Sunday when the vestments worn by the celebrant are rose-colored. The rose has also come to symbolize “life” whose precious care is entrusted to the healing professions.
The Rose Mass is organized to invoke God’s blessings on the medical, dental, nursing and allied workers and the many health care institutions in the Archdiocese of Washington. In addition, the Mass provides an opportunity to acknowledge in special fashion the splendid work of the volunteers of the Archdiocesan Health Care Network and a priest or religious involved in the health care ministry. This Network is composed of a multitude of
dedicated workers of all religious persuasions infused with an ecumenical spirit in their care of the sick. The Rose Mass also provides an opportunity to give thanks for all the work of the many priests, religious and lay people involved in health care related ministry.
Principal Celebrant: His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Homilist: Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn, Vice President for University Mission and Ministry, Fordham University
Brunch and Pro Bono Health Care award at the Brunch which follows immediately in the Parish Hall.
Mass is free and open to the public. Advanced reservations required for the brunch.