Monday, February 19, 2018

Annual Meeting after Mass February 27th 2018

Our Annual Meeting is preceded by Mass at 6:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Day Chapel) at 812 North Jackson Street in downtown Milwaukee.

A reception and the, usually brief, meeting will follow at Mi-Key’s located across Cathedral Square at 811 North Jefferson Street. Heavy appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. A slate of proposed officers and governors has been emailed to current members and will be presented to the membership for election at the meeting.

If you plan to attend the meeting, please register online at Eventbrite. A voluntary contribution of $20 is requested which can be paid at the event or by printing, completing and mailing the Annual Meeting / Membership form on our weblog.

You may also use that form to pay the $30 annual dues for 2018 are $30. You may instead choose Chancellor Membership for $250 which makes you a "lifetime" member of the Society (i.e., you will continue to be a "dues-paying" member in all subsequent years). Dues are voluntary and payment of dues is not required to attend events.

The dues paid by the members serve many important purposes. As a non-­profit 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 (4) further donations to the Bishop Perry Scholarship Fund.

See our Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rachel Monaco-Wilcox 'LOTUS Legal Clinic' February 2nd 2018

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

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). The celebrant will be our co-chaplain, Fr. Paul Hartmann. 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).

Our February speaker is Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, founder and CEO of LOTUS Legal Clinic, which serves victims of trafficking and other forms of violence. She started LOTUS while Chair and Professor in the Justice Department at Mount Mary University, where she still teaches in the Art Therapy doctoral program. Rachel also has a private practice in mediation for trusts and estates, elder law and special needs issues, and is a frequent speaker and trainer on victim's rights, human trafficking, dispute resolution an systems change.

There are new parking instructions, per Marquette. Limited complimentary visitor parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure, 11th Street level, between Wisconsin Avenue and Clybourn. There is a new parking system that will require two tickets to exit. Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, follow signs to the elevator. Take the elevator to the main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the Welcome Desk to get your "chaser" ticket so that you will not have to pay for parking when exiting. In other words, for free parking, when you exit you will need both the ticket you pulled when you entered and the "chaser" ticket the Welcome Desk gave you. You will be given instructions.

See our Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Student - Lawyer Reception February 1st 2018

As a reminder to members, the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society is hosting its annual Student – Lawyer Reception this coming Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 5:30–7:30PM. Members of our Student chapter at Marquette Law School will be joining our lawyer and judge members at Alexander’s, located in the Wisconsin Club at 900 East Wisconsin Ave. Valet parking is available. Complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

See our Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Tim Tarpey 'Society of St. Vincent de Paul' January 5th 2018

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is January 5th.

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). Our celebrant will be Fr. Joseph Mueller, S.J., of the Marquette University Theology Department.

After the Mass we will have a gathering with light breakfast, and a speaker. Our January speaker is Tim Tarpey, a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for 20 years, and who has for the last seven years served as Vice President of the Milwaukee District Council of the Society. Tim has learned throughout his life that we are all created with dignity, in God's image, and that it is our role to recognize God in others' dignity.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian community, founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of Catholic lay people (mostly law students) who joined together to create the first Conference. We currently have conferences in 52 parishes in Milwaukee County. Tim will share with us some of the trends Vincentians see in the city at a macro level, with some statistics and at a micro level by sharing the stories of some of the people Vincentians visit. Please get your New Year off to an inspiring start by joining us for Mass and Tim's remarks.

Limited complimentary visitor parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure, 11th Street level, between Wisconsin Avenue and Clybourn. There is a new parking system that will require two tickets to exit. Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, follow signs to the elevator. Take the elevator to the main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the Welcome Desk to get your "chaser" ticket so that you will not have to pay for parking when exiting. In other words, for free parking, when you exit you will need both the ticket you pulled when you entered and the "chaser" ticket the Welcome Desk gave you. You will be given instructions.

See our Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Good place is no place

Verso's recent edition of Utopia by Thomas More, which includes an introduction by China MiƩville and four essays from Ursula K. Le Guin, is among books considered in this review essay by Chloƫ Houston at The Times Literary Supplement.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fr. Phillip Bogacki 'From Death to Life' December 1st 2017

The St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin will have its monthly First Friday Liturgy and gathering this Friday, December 1, 2017.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall. Come pray with us, and see the beautiful, newly dedicated painting of St. Edmund Campion, installed in the chapel last month. Our presider will be Very Reverend Philip Bogacki.

Following the Mass we will have a short meeting and guest speaker, from 8:00 -9:00 A.M., including a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). We are very pleased that Fr. Phillip Bogacki will be our December speaker, as well as presider. Fr. Philip, a graduate of Marquette University and the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) is pastor of Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa. He is one of ten deans in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and is the co-host of the weekly podcast Two Guys and a Gospel produced by the Archdiocese. His talk is entitled "From Death to Life: Changes in the Church and New Realities for Parish Life and Structures". He will propose that as the relationship between faith and culture meets significant challenges, what has been "normative" in Catholic life will need to change. Fr. Philip's talk also will provide an overview of the changing demographics of Catholics in the United States today, changes in parish leadership, and emerging developments to address these changes proactively within our own Archdiocese. He concludes that the opportunity and challenge to move from "maintenance to mission" is stronger than ever.

There are new parking instructions, per Marquette. Limited complimentary visitor parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure, 11th Street level, between Wisconsin Avenue and Clybourn. There is a new parking system that will require two tickets to exit. Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, follow signs to the elevator. Take the elevator to the main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the Welcome Desk to get your "chaser" ticket so that you will not have to pay for parking when exiting. In other words, for free parking, when you exit you will need both the ticket you pulled when you entered and the "chaser" ticket the Welcome Desk gave you. You will be given instructions.

See our Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cardinal Burke 'St. Thomas More: The Current Challenge of Christian Witness in the Public Square' December 7th 2017

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke will be the special guest and deliver the keynote address at this year's Trinity Academy Faith & Freedom Fall Dinner on Thursday evening, November 7, 2017 at the Country Springs Hotel.

Here are details and registration information. There is a reduced price for registrations made by Saturday, December 18th.

If you are not familiar with the area, the hotel is along I-94 about 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee.