SFU hosts Red Mass

Saint Francis University has been celebrating Red Mass on Law Day on the campus of Saint Francis University for more than half a century with the region’s legal community.

Over the years, the Mass was extended into a luncheon of fellowship and learning for judges of all faiths in Cambria and Blair counties. Notable speakers have included then-Sen. Joseph Biden, E.G. Marshall, The Honorable Justin Johnson and The Honorable Kenneth Starr.

On April 27, the university continued its annual tradition of hosting a Red Mass followed by a luncheon. Mark Bartchak, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, J.C.D., served as celebrant, and Father James Sean Code delivered the homily.

The keynote address at the Law Day Lunch was given by Justice Debra McCloskey Todd, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and was attended by more than 130 people including judges, lawyers, law enforcement officials and elected officials.

Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law in the United States. It underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms of all Americans, and it provides an opportunity to recognize the rule of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service in maintaining the integrity of the courts.