Upcoming Events

Top of the Town, 1400 N. 14th Street, Arlington, VA

Join us on Wednesday, September 23rd for the annual Top of the Town event at 6:30 pm.

Given the current pandemic, we will host this event virtually through Zoom. While the event will look a little different, we are confident that our speaker will be engaging and that you will have an opportunity for small-group fellowship. We may even be able to sneak in the spectacular view of Washington!

Our speaker this year is Amy Uelmen, a Lecturer in Religion & Professional Life at Georgetown Law Her topic is:

Integrating Faith and Professional Life: Praying with the Beatitudes

It has been a difficult year, full of uncertainty and conflict. How do we find meaning in our lives and in our work in the midst of these challenges? How might we channel our professional work to help bring healing to those we serve and to our culture as a whole?

Professor Uelmen will offer a springboard for conversation grounded in how the Beatitudes might help to illuminate paths for insight and healing.

The event is free but registration is required. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants on September 23rd.

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.

Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory
Archbishop of Washington
Principal Celebrant

Most Rev. Michael Burbidge
Bishop of Arlington

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

The live-stream of the Mass will be available here.

Music begins at 9:45 a.m.

Virtual tour of the Cathedral and Red Mass History begins at 9:50 a.m.

Mass begins at 10:00 a.m.

We will honor several individuals and law firms for the pro bono support of the Catholic Charities Legal Network immediately following the Mass.

Little Flower Rectory Meeting Room

Series Theme: "The Eternal Word in a Covid-19 World"

Talk Title: "How does God continue to speak to us in our busy and digital age?"

The talk will be at Little Flower Church (not the Recotiry Meeting Room) at 7 a.m. There is no 6:30 a.m. Mass.

Our Lady of Bethesda Center

Retreat Director: Fr. Anthony Lickteig,

Vicar for Clergy and Assistant Secretary for Ministerial Leadership at the Archdiocese of Washington

Retreat Theme: Advent - A Season of Hope

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

2018 Red Mass

In 2018, the Society's Chaplain, Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi, delivered the homily during the Red Mass. To read the homily, please click here. To read Msgr. Vaghi's remarks from the 2018 Red Mass Brunch, please click here.

St. Maria's Meals

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

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.

Upcoming opportunities to volunteer are posted on our calendar. Come join us!
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 "Back to the Basics of the Faith."

The themes in past years, inspired by the writings of St. Francis de Sales, were "The Devout Life: A Snapshot" and "The Devout Life: An Ongoing Gift."

To listen to recordings of Msgr. Vaghi's past theological reflections, please visit the Chaplain's Corner.