The St. Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Northern Alberta is a Catholic association of lawyers, judges and others in the legal profession. It was incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta on May 27th, 1987.
The society is named after Thomas More (1477 to 1535), a brilliant lawyer and judge, a martyr and Saint. Click for more information about St. Thomas More.
"A great lawyer with humanistic concerns;
a great humanist with legal interests."
- R.J. Schoeck
"A man for all seasons."
The primary purpose of the Guild is to promote the practice and tenets of our faith among Catholic colleagues. In this regard, the Guild looks to the example of its patron saint who described himself as "the King's good servant, but God's first".
St. Thomas More's life was dedicated to the service of God, his family and the pursuit of true justice with wisdom, courage, humility and grace. The Guild convenes an annual Red Mass seeking God's guidance to this end. Click for information about the Red Mass.
The Guild also strives to promote and foster a spirit of goodwill and understanding with legal professionals of all faith groups, knowing there is much to learn from one another. Ecumenical and interfaith celebrations involving members of other Christian faiths and Jewish, Muslim, First Nations, Sikh, Hindu and other religions are also organized.
Membership in St Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Northern Alberta is open to judges, lawyers, law students and others involved in the legal profession who are interested in pursuing the Guild's objectives.