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Bishop Mark O'Connell to Serve as Homilist For Annual Red Mass

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September 26, 2017 

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Bishop Mark O'Connell to Serve as Homilist For Annual Red Mass

(MANCHESTER) - The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, invites people of all faith traditions to join him for the celebration of the 2017 Red Mass on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 5:15 p.m. at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. The Most Reverend Mark O’Connell, JCD, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, 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, law enforcement, 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 hold a reception at the offices of Devine, Millimet & Branch, 111 Amherst St. (across the park from the Cathedral).

In addition, the Guild will hold a Continuing Legal Education session starting at 3:00 p.m. in the Cathedral’s Hall (lower level). Attorney Mark Attorri of Devine, Millimet & Branch will present a lecture on the 1633 trial of Galileo Galilei by the Roman Inquisition. Drawing from transcripts of the proceedings and other primary source documents, he will offer a detailed look at this history-making trial, with particular attention to the rules, practices, and procedures under which it was conducted. The program offers 1.5 hours of CLE credit.

Both the reception and the CLE are free of change, but attendees are asked to RSVP by contacting Attorney Bob Dunn at redmass@devinemillimet.com. For more information, visit www.NHCLG.org.

Most Reverend Mark O’Connell, JCD

Bishop Mark O’Connell is an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, and serves as Vicar General Regional Bishop in the North Region. He has been Judicial Vicar since 2007 and is currently on the faculty at both Saint John Seminary and Pope St. John XXIII Seminary. He also serves as Chaplain to the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Born in Toronto, Canada of American parents, his family returned to Massachusetts when he was 12 years old. A graduate of Dover Sherborn Regional High School, he earned degrees from Boston College and Saint John Seminary, and was ordained in 1990.

Following his ordination he served five years at Saint Barbara Parish in Woburn MA and two years at Saint Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Danvers MA, during which time he was one of the Chaplains at Salem State.

He continued his studies in Rome in Canon Law in 1997 and received his License in Canon Law (JCL) from Universita della Santa Croce 1999 and his Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) in 2002. From 2001 to 2007 he served as Assistant to the Moderator of the Curia for Canonical Affairs in the Archdiocese of Boston. He was ordained bishop in 2016.

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of 255,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/about/overview.