Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fr. James Kubicki 'Apostleship of Prayer' April 7th 2017

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is April 7th.

This month's speaker is Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., the national director of the Apostleship of Prayer. Formerly the Vocations Director and Director of Formation for the Wisconsin Province of Jesuits, Fr. Kubicki is a nationally recognized speaker and author. With us he will discuss the significance of the worldwide Apostleship of Prayer apostolate as well as its connection to the apparitions in Fatima, the centenary of which we are celebrating this year. Fr. Kubicki is an engaging speaker, and his message is important and timely. Please come - and bring a friend!

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Green Bay: Red Mass, and luncheon with Hadley Arkes, March 26th 2017

Our President-elect Gregory Helding writes,
"In the spirit of collegiality, the Green Bay St. Thomas More Society has invited us to join its members in celebrating their annual Red Mass at St. Francis Cathedral in Green Bay on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 11:00 am., to be followed by their annual St. Thomas More Luncheon at the Riverside Ballroom. The Green Bay group switched to the spring at the request of Bishop Ricken so they could have it on a Sunday and avoid any conflict with a certain sports team that plays on Sunday throughout the fall.

"Bishop David Ricken will celebrate the Mass, and the speaker at the lunch to follow will be Professor Hadley Arkes, professor of jurisprudence at Amherst College where he has taught for more than fifty years, and the founder and director of the James Wilson Institute On Natural Rights and the American Founding. Professor Arkes has written about a dozen books, including First Things: an inquiry into the principles of justice'and morals. He is also the main advocate and architect of the bill that became known as the 'Born-Alive Infant Protection Act," and testified before Congress in support of both that act and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed by President Clinton in 1996. A more complete biography can be found here: [James Wilson Institute] And here is a link to an interview he gave that captures a little of his wit and humor: [Crisis Magazine]

"As Judge Griesbach describes, this is an opportunity to hear from one of the most important thinkers on the relationship between law and morals. We are fortunate to have a scholar of this caliber as the speaker this year, and if you attend your time will be well spent. You can register for the lunch here. The cost for members is only $30 and feel free to bring a guest. You can always visit that other 'Shrine' here in Green Bay after the lunch."

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Zabrina Decker 'Rights and Obligations of the Faithful and the Ministry of the Tribunal' March 3rd 2017

Our monthly First Friday Liturgy is March 3rd.

This month's speaker is Ms. Zabrina Decker, Tribunal Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Currently serving as Director of the Tribunal, Ms. Decker received her Canon Law degree from Catholic University in 2001, and her Doctorate in Canon Law in 2016. Ms. Decker will speak to us about the "Rights and Obligations of the Faithful and the Ministry of the Tribunal."

Please join us as we welcome Zabrina Decker to lead us in this month's First Friday discussion. We look forward to seeing many of you at First Friday, as we begin the month of March and the Season of Lent. Consider Bringing a Friend.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Annual Meeting, and Liturgy, February 22nd 2017

St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. As is our tradition, we will begin with Mass at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church, 835 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 5:30 p.m.

Immediately following Mass, there will be a brief business meeting, followed by a reception which will include heavy appetizers and a cash bar, at Mi-Key’s (Jefferson and Wells). It is requested that all of those in attendance contribute $20.00 to cover the cost of the event.

Please RSVP for the Annual Meeting and submit payment at EventBrite.

If you would prefer, you may also send a check via U.S. Mail to our Treasurer, Mollie Newcomb, (at the address below)

St. Thomas More Lawyers Society
c/o Mollie Newcomb, Treasurer
2987 S. Wentworth Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
or by e-mailing your RSVP to Mark Andres if you would like to pay at the event.

We also take this opportunity to inform everyone of the Annual Dues. The Society offers two types of dues. First, you can pay the Society's modest annual dues of $30. Or, you may choose Chancellor Membership for $250; this membership makes you a "lifetime" member of the Society (i.e., you will continue to be a "dues-paying" member in all subsequent years). You are welcome to pay your dues for the 2017 calendar year by the following means:

(a) paying your dues in response to the invitation to the Annual Meeting at EventBrite when you click on “Tickets” and select payment for 2017 Membership or Chancellor (Lifetime) Membership, as well as payment for the Annual Meeting;

(b) sending a check made payable to the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin to: St. Thomas More Lawyers Society, c/o Mollie Newcomb, Treasurer, 2987 S. Wentworth Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207; and

(c) paying an officer of the Board at any Society event (e.g., a First Friday liturgy).

The dues paid by the members, serve many important purposes. As a non­profit organization run entirely through the volunteer efforts of our Board of Governors and others, we literally have no overhead. The Society uses the dues to provide, among other things: (1) funds to pay for our major events of the year, including the Red Mass & Reception and Annual Mass & Meeting, for those amounts not fully recovered through the price paid by attendees; (2) community-orientated programs, such as our very-successful Youth Law Day program; (3) our First Friday events; and (5) further donations to the Bishop Perry Scholarship Fund. Please know that your decision to pay dues is completely voluntary. Whether you choose to support the Society by paying the modest dues or not, your presence at our monthly First Friday liturgies, and your attendance at the Red Mass and other events, is just as important.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Therese Novotny 'Children’s Bible and Faith Sharing' February 3rd 2017

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is February 3rd.

This month’s speaker is Dr. Therese Novotny, of the Marquette University English Department. Since 2009, she has volunteered as Co-Leader for the Children’s Bible and Faith Sharing Group. This ministry serves teens at the Juvenile Detention Center, housed in the Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center. To date, this group has met with thousands of teens to share scripture, prayer, and faith experiences. Their mission is to restore dignity and hope to those who are in prison. They are messengers of hope and reconciliation to teens. Therese is a member of St. Mary’s Visitation Parish. She lives in Wauwatosa, where she and her husband, John, have raised their six children.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bishop Richard Sklba 'Lutherans and Catholics in Dialogue' January 6th 2017

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is January 6th.

We are very pleased to have Bishop Richard J. Sklba, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as our January speaker. Among his many duties and interests, Bishop Sklba served as the Catholic Co-Chair for the national Lutheran/Catholic Dialogue for over 12 years, and as Chair of the USCCB's Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for three years. A 2011 book, The Hope of Eternal Life (Lutherans and Catholics in Dialogue), is the fruit of a study project Bishop Sklba facilitated with many participants. October of 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses. Altogether, it is quite timely to have Bishop Sklba lead a discussion about Lutheran / Catholic Relations: the path and journey toward reconciliation.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jack Stoiber 'Ethics by Emulation: Standards Set by Thomas More' December 2nd 2016

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is December 2nd.

This month’s speaker is Assistant District Attorney Jack Stoiber. Attorney Stoiber will present "Ethics by Emulation: Standards Set by St. (Sir) Thomas More of England" which will focus upon several Wisconsin ethics rules and how St. (Sir) Thomas More faced a myriad of ethical issues in his law practice. One (1) Ethics CLE credit will be applied for.

Jack Stoiber is a former Milwaukee Police Officer and Special Agent for the FBI. After graduating from Marquette University Law School in 1981, Jack began serving as an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County. For 13 years of his time in the District Attorney’s office, Jack served as a felony drug prosecutor, including three years as the Legal Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Group. He currently handles an assignment whereby he prosecutes juvenile crime and handles all juvenile delinquency appellate cases. Finally, Jack is a huge St. Thomas More fan and (he humbly suggests) an aficionado, with a claim to fame as the official host to a Thomas More party held some 25 years ago.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)