St. Thomas More Guild of Western New York
"The King’s good servant, but God’s first."
The St. Thomas More Guild of Western New York is an association of Catholic lawyers officially recognized by the Diocese of Buffalo. We support lawyers in applying their faith to the challenges of professional and personal life. The St. Thomas More Guild invites all judges, lawyers, paralegals, law students, and all others associated with the administration of justice in the Diocese to join in its activities. The Guild has given scholarships to Catholic grammar, high school, college, and law school students.
St. Thomas More (b. 1478, d. 1535), Lord Chancellor of England, was the highest law officer of King Henry VIII. He gave up his office, and later his life, to remain true to God and his conscience. During his life, he was known for his sociability, sense of humor, integrity, and faith as well as his sense of obligation to active citizenship and statesmanship. Today, he is the patron saint of lawyers.
May 2020 (Date TBD) at 12:00 PM
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Each Spring, the Guild sponsors the St. Thomas More Guild Luncheon where an individual is honored for his or her outstanding contribution as a Catholic lawyer. Scholarship recipients will also be honored at the Luncheon.
Annual Red Mass
September 2020 (Date TBD) at 12:10 PM
St. Joseph Cathedral
Each Fall, the Guild sponsors the Annual Red Mass in honor of St. Thomas More, the patron saint of the legal profession, to ask for divine guidance in the proper administration of justice.
Grade School and High School Scholarship
One $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of Buffalo. One $1,500.00 scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a Catholic high school in the Diocese of Buffalo.
University and Law School Scholarship
One $2,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a student attending either a Catholic college or an ABA accredited law school. The student should be domiciled in the Diocese of Buffalo and be a practicing Catholic.
Welcome to the St. Thomas More Guild of Western New York
The St. Thomas More Guild is an association of Catholic lawyers officially recognized by the Diocese of Buffalo. We support lawyers in applying their faith to the challenges of professional and personal life. The annual membership fee is $25.00.
Officers and Board of Directors
Donna Hoelscher Suchan
Catherine Dines Kettner
Katherine M. Liebner
David C. Mineo
Board of Directors
Mary M. Balkin
Laurie Styka Bloom
James J. Contino
J. Michael Lennon II
Msgr. Salvatore Manganello
Hon. Patricia A. Maxwell
Hon. Mary L. Slisz