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February 26, 2002

Lawyers' Mass Will Celebrate Bicentennial of Philadelphia Bar Association

The Saint Thomas More Society of Philadelphia will sponsor a Mass to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Tuesday, March 12, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and the Parkway, beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m. All members of the legal community are invited to attend.

The principal celebrant of the Bicentennial Mass will be Bishop Robert P. Maginnis, D.D., V.G., M.Div., Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The homilist will be Monsignor James J. Graham, J.C.D., M.Div., Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese.

The Saint Thomas More Society of Philadelphia is an organization of Catholic lawyers, judges and law professors, the main purpose of which is to promote and foster high ethical principles in the legal profession. From its start in 1949, the Society has been affiliated with the Philadelphia Bar Association and has actively participated with the Association in activities affecting the legal community.

"The 200th anniversary of the Philadelphia Bar Association is a chance for the Catholic lawyers of Southeastern Pennsylvania to reflect on the seriousness and responsibility of our profession," said James M. Crowley, president of the St. Thomas More Society.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the Bicentennial Mass, the Philadelphia Bar Association will formally celebrate their 200th Anniversary with the Century 3 Commemorative Dinner at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia on Broad and Walnut Streets. For more information on either the Bicentennial Mass or the Commemorative Dinner, contact the Bar Association at (215) 238-6300.

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