Annual Christmas Luncheon, Thursday Dec. 16, 2021
12:30 – 2:30pm, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Francis Room, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco
The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco is thrilled to announce the return of our annual Christmas luncheon. Please join us at 12:30pm on Thursday, December 16, 2021 for lunch and a tour of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition on site at the cathedral. We look forward to seeing our members in person once again!
Pope Francis Legal Clinic
The Pope Francis Legal Clinic now has a physical presence within the Oakland Diocese Chancery. The clinic’s space includes a dedicated office, complete with a separate entrance enabling the clinic to meet the needs of clients outside of normal business hours.
The clinic will provide legal advice and representation to residents of the East Bay. Currently, the clinic plans to offer legal advice and representation in the areas of immigration, landlord-tenant, and elder law. The clinic will also offer a dispute resolution service. Attorneys with experience in any practice area are encouraged to volunteer.
For those interested in volunteering with the legal clinic or to RSVP for our next meeting, please contact Nicomedes Herrera.
The Red Mass 2020 and 2021
The Society was grateful for the opportunity to safely celebrate our annual Red Mass during the pandemic. In October of both 2020 and 2021 we convened outside at St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael for Mass and refreshments.
The Red Mass
The Society was excited to host its annual Red Mass on October 17, 2019. Built upon a tradition begun in the 13th Century, we welcomed the start of the annual court term, celebrating a solemn mass. In particular, we thank Judge Jeffrey Brand, the recipient of our annual St. Thomas More Award.
St. Thomas More Dinner
The Society was excited to host its first annual St. Thomas More Dinner on June 25, 2019 to celebrate the feast day of our patron saint. Louis Karlin, a noted St. Thomas More scholar, spoke about St. Thomas More’s views on statesmanship. We were glad to foster an informal, lively discussion with dinner and drinks for all members and other interested parties.
The Society thanks Sister Lilly Fitzpatrick of ICA Cristo Rey Academy, who shared information regarding the school’s work-study program. We greatly enjoyed learning of this program, of which many members are involved, and look forward to continued involvement with the Cristo Rey Academy.
The Society enjoyed lunch with the children of De Marillac Academy and special guest speaker, Ret. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James.
Thanks to Father René Iturbe of the American Society of Mary, who discussed his Detention ministry for the jails in San Bruno and San Francisco on behalf of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Weekly Lenten Series
The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco thanks Don Carroll, who once again led our annual Lenten series. Mr. Carroll conducted insightful weekly discussions on the image of God that Jesus provides in the Scriptures. We enjoy and appreciate these discussions every Lent, and this year is no different!
In February, our Society welcomed speaker Father John Coleman, a Jesuit Priest at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco and a widely published historian and commentator on social justice issues. Father Coleman spoke on the topic of “Christ vs. the Roman Empire – Who Won?” and provided a historical and spiritual perspective on Christianity’s role in the transformation of the Roman Empire.
The Society was honored to host Tricia Bolle, founder of the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society, as speaker for its January Luncheon. Ms. Bolle spoke of her organization’s missionary and mental health work throughout Asia.
The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco was joined by students of De Marillac Academy in San Francisco for our annual Christmas luncheon.
The St. Thomas More Society was pleased to host Hon. Denise Bauer, former U.S. ambassador to Belgium, who spoke of her time as ambassador and challenges facing current diplomats.
Theology on Tap
The Society thanks Father John Coleman of St. Ignatius Church for hosting our Fall 2018 Theology on Tap. Father Coleman led a discussion on “The Death Penalty and a Consistent Ethic of Life.”
The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco was honored to host Leonard Rubio and Phil Melendez of the Insight Prison Project, who shared with us their experiences in the criminal justice system and the mission of the Insight Prison Project.
Several members joined us at our annual April luncheon at De Marillac Academy in San Francisco. We enjoyed meeting with students and touring the school and extend a special thank you to Hon. David DeAlba, Chief Judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court, who spoke to us about his upbringing and career.
The Society welcomed Father Michael Hurley from St. Dominic’s Parish in San Francisco, who spoke on the topic of “silence” and its application to both faith and the practice of law.