JESUIT ALERT and They Are Under Every Rock! Wife of Chief Justice John Roberts

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Archbishops and Justices of the Supreme Court mingle at the annual Red Mass

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ wife Jane Sullivan Roberts graduated from Jesuit College of the Holy Cross in 1976 and Georgetown University Law School in 1984.

She’s also been a trustee at the College of the Holy Cross and a member of the board of the John Carroll Society, which is named after Jesuit priest John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop of America and founder of Georgetown University.

”The John Carroll Society was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1951 as a spiritual and beneficent organization for Catholic professional laypersons in the service of the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. The founders of the society were Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan, Judge Matthew Francis McGuire of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and attorney William E. Leahy.

Part of the John Carroll Society’s mission is the financial and professional support of the Archdiocese Legal Network and Medical Network, which provides free legal and medical services to the indigent of the Greater Washington, DC area.

The current president is Elizabeth B. Meers (2013–2015), a partner with the law firm of Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. Jane Sullivan Roberts, wife of Chief Justice John Roberts, is a member of the board of directors. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola served as a president and is the chair of the Social Action Committee, which is active in assisting homeless and transitional families in the District of Columbia. Other prominent members include the current president of Georgetown University, and many partners of the private bar with most major large Washington, D.C. law firms. The chaplain of the society is Msgr. Peter Vaghi.

The group was meant to mirror the Catholic Alumni Society of Boston. It is named for John Carroll, the first bishop then archbishop in the United States. The society sponsors the annual Red Mass, which is a Mass of the Holy Spirit to invoke a benediction upon the nation’s judiciary and lawgivers. This is celebrated on the Sunday before the first Monday in October, prior to the opening of the Supreme Court’s judicial year

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Chief Justice Roberts and Archbishop after annual Red Mass, a ceremony held before the opening of the Supreme Court in most every major US city in honor of St. Thomas More, who was a grand inquisitor. Check it out.


The Red Mass 

On February 15, 1953, Archbishop Patrick A. O’Boyle celebrated the first John Carroll Society-sponsored Red Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. In succeeding years, the congregation frequently has included the President of the United States, the Chief Justice of the United States, Associate Justices, other leading federal, and local jurists, cabinet officials, members of Congress, diplomats, university presidents, deans, professors, students of law, and lawyers.

The Red Mass is celebrated annually at the Cathedral, traditionally on the Sunday before the first Monday in October, which marks the opening of the Supreme Court’s annual term. Its purpose is to invoke God’s blessings on those responsible for the administration of justice as well as on all public officials.

Since its inception, the Red Mass has remained the ceremonial highlight of the John Carroll Society’s year. Liturgically, the Red Mass is celebrated as the Solemn Mass of the Holy Spirit. Its name derives from the traditional red color of the vestments worn by clergy during the Mass, representing the tongues of fire symbolizing the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The Red Mass enjoys a rich history. Originating centuries ago in Rome, Paris and London, its name also exemplifies the scarlet rose worn by royal judges that attended the Mass centuries ago. The Red Mass historically marked the official opening of the judicial year of the Sacred Roman Rota, the tribunal of the Holy See. During the reign of Louis IX (Saint Louis of France), La Sainte Chapelle in Paris was designated as the chapel for the Mass. In England, beginning in the Middle Ages and continuing even through World War II, judges and lawyers have attended the Red Mass, which today is celebrated annually at Westminster Cathedral.

In the United States, the Red Mass tradition was inaugurated in 1928 at old Saint Andrew’s Church in New York City. Since then, the Red Mass has been celebrated increasingly in communities throughout the United States.

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