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Father Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., to Serve As Homilist for Annual Red Mass

September 25, 2018


Michael J. Tierney, Esquire, to be honored with 2018 Saint Thomas More Award

(MANCHESTER, NH) – The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, invites people of all faith traditions to join him for the celebration of the 2018 Red Mass on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 5:15 p.m. at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Father Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., will serve as guest homilist at the Red Mass this year.

Each year, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester invites women and men associated with the study and administration of justice in New Hampshire to the Red Mass. This annual event is an opportunity for the entire judicial, legal, and legislative communities to gather with those who administer law in the Church for an evening of prayer for strength and guidance in their work.

Immediately following the Red Mass, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire will host a dinner at Bishop Bradley Hall, located on the lower level of the Cathedral. During the dinner, the Guild will honor Attorney Michael J. Tierney with the 2018 Saint Thomas More Award. This award is presented by the Guild to a lawyer or judge who is a practicing Catholic and who embodies the spirit of Saint Thomas More in his or her courage, dedication, integrity, civility, and compassion toward others. Tickets to the dinner are available for $30.00 at RedMass-2018.eventbrite.com.

In addition, the Guild will hold a Continuing Legal Education session starting at 3:15 p.m. in the Cathedral Library at the corner of Lowell and Union Streets, Manchester. Attorney Michael J. Tierney will present a lecture titled “Religious Liberty and Free Speech in 2018.” This CLE will examine recent cases touching on religious exercise including Masterpiece Bakery, NIFLA, and Janus and how these cases have refined the First Amendment. The program offers 90 minutes of CLE credit. The Guild is offering the CLE at no charge to attendees, but registration is required at RedMass-2018.eventbrite.com.

Michael J. Tierney is a member at Wadleigh, Starr & Peters where he represents clients in litigation involving religious liberty, land use cases, constitutional rights, the First Amendment, RLUIPA, Freedom of Information Act, tax abatements, construction disputes and contract dispute cases. He has an active appellate practice and has argued dozens of cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court as well as before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for both the First and Second Circuits.

Michael is a magna cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. Michael and his family are parishioners of St. Theresa Parish in Henniker.

Father Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., is from Portland, OR. A Jesuit of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, he graduated from Claremont McKenna College in CA in 1972, and attended Gonzaga University Law School for one year before entering the Jesuit Order in 1973. He has earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, a J.D. from St. Louis University, an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (CA), and an STM from Regis College of the University of Toronto in Missiology. Fr. Conroy practiced law for the Colville Confederated Tribes in Omak, WA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops representing Salvadoran refugees in San Francisco. He was ordained a priest in 1983. From 1984 to 1989, he pastored four villages on the Colville and Spokane Indian Reservations. After leaving the Reservation, he worked for the national Jesuit Office of Social Ministries in Washington, D.C. then began a career of university chaplaincy at Georgetown University and Seattle University. In 2003, he transferred to Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, to teach freshman theology and coach the mighty JV II girls’ softball team.

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