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Lawyers Pray for ‘Spirit of Truth’

Members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre at the diocese’s Red Mass Oct. 24 at St. James Cathedral Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn. (Photo: Andrew Pugliese)

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Faith and tradition are important to Gianni Tribuzio, a lawyer who graduated from Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge, and St. John’s University, Jamaica.

That’s why he joined the Columbian Lawyer Association — an organization of Italian-American lawyers that co-sponsored the Diocese of Brooklyn’s annual Red Mass, which was held on Oct. 24 at Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Downtown Brooklyn.

The Kings County Chapter of the Catholic Lawyers Guild was the other co-sponsor of the Mass, which marked the beginning of the new judicial year.

Tribuzio credits his Catholic education for leading him to practice law.

“I found it as a higher calling,” the young lawyer said.

“Whether it is, that is to be seen, but it feels that way when we make a presentation before the judges, some of whom are here tonight. There’s a sense of justice in the advocacy that we do, and that’s where (our faith) is present,” he added.

That sense of higher purpose and community were themes in the Red Mass homily that was preached by Father Patrick Keating, who’s the chaplain for the Brooklyn chapter of the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

“The question is, ‘What can we do in our personal lives and in our professional lives?’” Father Keating said.

“How do we allow the truth that we pray for, that the Spirit of truth, transform us?” he asked.

Law professionals from all faiths are invited each year to take part in the Mass, which — according to Sarah Gozo, a former president of the local Catholic Lawyers Guild — aims to remind lawyers of their mission to help and love others.

“We’re really in the service profession of helping others, and everything we do impacts other people,” Gozo said.

“So, we come together every October to ask for spiritual guidance in doing this. It’s very difficult when you live your faith to separate it from everything that you do. It’s a part of you,” Gozo concluded.