Bishop Patrick J. McGrath received the 2015 Saint Thomas More Society Award on October 22 at Santa Clara University Mission Church. Each year the Society presents the award to a member of the legal profession who has demonstrated a commitment to Catholic ideals and service to the community, parish or profession.
The Bishop celebrated Mass and then the annual Red Massz dinner and presentation followed. The keynote speaker was Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Mariano-Florentino Cuellar. A Q&A session was also held with Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, a Judge for the 6th District Court of Appeals in San Jose.
Saint Thomas More, the patron saint of lawyers, was Lord High Chancellor to Henry VIII, until he resigned over disputes related to marriage and the supremacy of the pope. When More refused to render allegiance to King Henry as head of the Church of England, he was confined to the Tower of London and then beheaded. The Saint Thomas More Award will be presented at the annual Red Mass, which will feature homilist Father Paul Soukup, S.J., professor of theology and communication at Santa Clara University. The Mass and the awards ceremony are open to the public.