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Red Mass and Law Day on April 27

April 12, 2012

Saint Francis University will host its annual Red Mass / Law Day on Friday, April 27, on its Loretto campus. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, J.C.D., will serve as the principal celebrant and homilist for the Red Mass, and The Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman, United States Court of Appeals of Pennsylvania will give the keynote address at the Law Day Lunch.

Bishop Bartchak was installed as the eighth Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown on April 9, 2011. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Catholic elementary and secondary schools, graduating from Bradford Central Christian High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Mark Seminary and Gannon University. He also studied for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary, receiving a Master of Arts degree in Theology. He studied canon law at The Catholic University of America, where he received the Licentiate degree and a Doctorate degree.

Bishop Bartchak is a member of the Canon Law Society of America (CLSA) and the Mexican Association of Canonists. He has served on several CLSA committees. In 1999, he was elected to serve on the CLSA Board of Governors and later he was elected to serve as Vice-President (2002-2003) and President (2003-2004) of the Canon Law Society of America. During his term as President, Bishop Bartchak represented the CLSA at private meetings at the Vatican with officials of various Congregations, Councils, and Tribunals of the Apostolic See. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has remained affiliated with Council 409 in Clearfield where he first joined in 1981.

Judge Thomas Hardiman’s nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, by President George W. Bush, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 17, 2007. He was raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. He graduated with honors with a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. Following graduation, he joined the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, as an associate in the litigation group. In 1992, he moved to Pittsburgh and joined the firm of Cindrich & Titus, later known as Titus & McConomy LLP, as an associate.

Prior to assuming judicial duties, Judge Hardiman was a member of the bars of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Tax Court. From 1996 until 1998, he served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. Presently, he serves as a Master for the American Inns of Court, W. Edward Sell University of Pittsburgh Chapter and as a Fellow of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County.

He has been actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc. He has been a Director since 1995, served as President from 1999-2000, and presently chairs the Board Excellence Committee. In 2002, he received the agency's Nancy B. Zappala Service Award, which is presented annually to the person who has made the greatest contribution to the agency. He also has volunteered as a youth soccer and little league baseball coach.

Red Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by lunch at 12:00 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Student Center.

All area judges, lawyers, law enforcement officials, friends and area residents of all faiths are invited to participate in Red Mass / Law Day. For more information concerning events please contact Vickie Soyka at (814) 472-3001 or vsoyka@francis.edu.