Bound by Faith …Committed to Justice
The Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of Catholic legal professionals in the greater Boston area. With attorneys, judges, paralegals, legal assistants and law students, the diverse membership of the Guild offers a unique opportunity for fellow Catholics in the community to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ, united by our common bond of faith and commitment to justice.
Our primary mission is to sponsor or facilitate spiritual, social, educational and charitable opportunities and events that celebrate the richness of our faith and the nobility of our profession. We seek to uphold the highest standards and best traditions of the legal profession by promoting events and pro bono service to the community we serve, and in doing so, to raise the public’s perception and the reality of the important contribution of the legal profession to our society.
Members periodically meet for fellowship, professional development and sharing our life experiences. At various events through the year, speakers share how spirituality relates to their daily lives, providing members the opportunity to learn how to engage that same sense of spirituality into their businesses and practice.
The Guild’s signature event is an annual Red Mass, where we ask for divine guidance in the professional representation of clients and in our proper role in the administration of justice in the courts and in public office. The Red Mass, held each Fall at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, is attended by many involved in the legal profession, including judges, lawyers and court officials of all faiths, at which we ask God to bless, strengthen and enlighten all servants of the law and all people of faith so that, in cooperation and mutual trust, we may effectively seek justice for all.
The Guild invites Catholic lawyers, judges, paralegals, legal assistants, law students, public servants, public officials, and individuals interested in the relationship between the Catholic faith and the law to join us in the pursuit of promoting and achieving the very best that our profession can offer for us and the community we serve.
Officers and Directors
Michael K. Gillis
Michael Gillis is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School. He joined the guild in 1986 and has been a member of the board of directors since 1990.
In 1988, Michael co-founded his firm, Gillis & Bikofsky, P.C., in Newton, MA. For more than 30 years, he has been a trial attorney specializing in complex civil litigation. He is admitted to practice in the Massachusetts state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the past president of the Massachusetts Association of Trial Attorneys, the state delegate to the American Association for Justice, and a lecturer and author on civil trial practice.
Michael Gillis is active on numerous boards including 1060 Catholic Radio Advisory Board, St. Joseph Church Pastoral Council, Msgr. Haddad Middle School, Little Brothers of St. Francis, Catholic Health Initiatives in Uganda and Live the Fast. He is the Advocate for his local Knights of Columbus and a member of the Knights of Malta. He and his wife live in Westwood with their three children.
Honorable Maura S. Doyle
On October 7, 1996, the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court announced their unanimous decision to appoint Maura S. Doyle as Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for the County of Suffolk. On October 21, 1996, Mrs. Doyle was sworn in and became the first woman to hold this position since its inception in 1693, and on November 3, 1998, she became the first woman to be elected to Suffolk county-wide office.
As Clerk, Mrs. Doyle is responsible for the management of the court’s single justice caseload, which is comprised of petitions seeking relief of lower court rulings under the SJC’s superintendency power and various rules of court; bail reviews; appeals from State registration boards and agencies; and all matters concerning the admission of attorneys to the Massachusetts Bar, as well as, attorney discipline.
In addition to managing the Court’s single justice caseload, Mrs. Doyle has been credited with instituting numerous management initiatives to improve the operation of the Clerk’s office and the public’s access to court records, modernizing the storage and retrieval of County Court records, and imaging over fifteen years of previous petitions for bar admission to ensure an expedient response upon public request.
Mrs. Doyle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, cum laude, from Northeastern University in 1977 and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University School of Law in 1981. She has been a member of the bar since 1981. Before joining the SJC’s Clerk’s office in 1992 as an Assistant Clerk, she was a civil litigator in the state and federal courts for 11 years and served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law school.
Mrs. Doyle is a guest lecturer at bar association meetings across the state, MCLE and CPCS training sessions and law school forums. She is currently a member of the SJC’s Standing Advisory Committee on Civil and Appellate Rules, the SJC’s Information Technology Steering Committee for the Appellate Courts, and the SJC’s Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of The Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston, a member of the Board of Directors and a Vice President of Boston Area Youth Soccer League, a member of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks, and a member of the Board of Harbor Health Services, Inc. Within her home community of Dorchester, she is actively involved in Dorchester Youth Soccer serving as its Vice President and Travel Registrar.
In 1998, she was inducted into the YWCA’s Boston Academy of Women Achievers for her demonstrated leadership and accomplishment in her work and community. In May of 1999, Mrs. Doyle was named as the recipient of The McDermott Award for her outstanding alumni contribution by Suffolk University Law School’s Student Bar Association. On June 2, 2000, she was presented with the 2000 Alumni Achievement Award at Pope John XXIII High School’s Commencement ceremony. This award is presented annually at the graduation ceremony to an individual who demonstrates outstanding achievement in a professional, religious or civic field of endeavor. On May 18, 2011, the Massachusetts Bar Association bestowed its Public Service Award upon Mrs. Doyle for furthering the public’s understanding and respect for the law and for showing extraordinary leadership and dedication to improving the administration of justice in the Commonwealth. In 2013, Pope John XXIII High School awarded her with its Pinnacle Award, an award which salutes extraordinary leaders who are pioneers, champions and visionaries that have made a difference by turning challenges into possibilities and imagination into accomplishments and by protecting the hopes and ambitions of tomorrow’s leaders.
Mrs. Doyle lives in Dorchester with her husband, Attorney Frank Doyle, and their three children.
Carolyn J. Carideo
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Carolyn J. Carideo graduated from Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School (magna cum laude), received a B.A. from Fitchburg State College (cum laude) and earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School (cum laude) in 2007, attending evening classes while employed full time. At Suffolk, she participated in the Walter H. McLaughlin Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition and consistently earned Dean’s List honors. Ms. Carideo is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In 2001, she joined The Dolben Company, Inc. (www.dolben.com), a family-owned fourth generation company specializing in acquisition, development and managing multifamily housing in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. As Transactions Manager, Carolyn acts as liaison between the company and lenders, purchasers and sellers for transactions including the sale, financing, and disposition of real property, many of which transactions include sophisticated multi-tiered financing and equity structures, supervising the coordination of the sometimes conflicting document requirements to achieve closing within difficult timeframes to accommodate time-sensitive financing deadlines. She also manages the servicing of and provides primary contact to external private investors for existing and potential investments.
Before joining The Dolben Company, Carolyn worked for a high tech company in Seattle, WA, in the music industry in both Nashville, TN and New York City, and for a premier Boston consulting firm.
Frances X. Hogan
Frances X. Hogan graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, Regis College, and Boston College Law School where she was on the editorial board of the Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She became the first woman associated with Lyne, Woodworth & Evarts LLP where she represents major financial institutions in sophisticated commercial and real estate-related transactions and focuses particularly on the representation of institutions, non-profits and governmental entities in connection with the development, construction and financing of affordable housing and community economic development projects.
In 1998, Ms. Hogan was appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women where she served as Chair of the Legislative Sub-Committee. She also serves, or has served, on the boards and as an officer of numerous organizations among which are the Caritas Christi Health Care System, Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, President of the Regis College Alumnae Association, Boston College Law School Alumni Council, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Archdiocesan Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston. She is also active in her local parish community where she serves, or has served, as President of the Parish Pastoral Council, Chair of the Parish School Board, Secretary to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Chair of the Christian Service Commission and in many other capacities. Ms. Hogan is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Since 1986 Ms. Hogan’s interest in pro-life activities especially in the public policy arena has been nurtured through service on the Board of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference and she currently chairs its Pro-Life/Pro-Family Sub-Committee. Ms. Hogan served on the Steering Committee of the MCC in connection with the successful effort to defeat the 2012 ballot question on physician assisted suicide.
Ms. Hogan was elected to the National Advisory Council to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops where she served for four years. She has also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Eighth Synod of the Archdiocese of Boston, as Chair of its Pro-Life Committee, on the Board of the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund, on the Board of the Value of Life Committee, on the Board and as President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, and as President of Women Affirming Life. For many years she also served as a Consultant to the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which awarded her its People of Life Award in 2013. In 1996, Ms. Hogan was named by the Vatican as a Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and she continues to serve in that capacity.
Very Rev. Mark O’Connell, JCD
Bishop-Elect O’Connell was born on June 25, 1964. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1990. Born in Toronto, Canada of American parents, his family returned to Massachusetts when he was 12 years old. His father, Thomas who passed away in 2013, was a University Librarian first at York University in Toronto and then at Boston College. His mother, Margaret, lives at Bethany Health Center in Framingham. The youngest of four children, Bishop-elect O’Connell has two brothers (Thomas and John) and a sister (Margaret Mary). His late uncle was a Boston Priest Rev. David F. Delaney ’61 and his aunt is a Dominican Sister , Sr, Jean Delaney, O.P.
A graduate of Dover Sherborn Regional High School ’82, he earned degrees from Boston College ’86 and Saint John Seminary ’90. Following his ordination in 1990, he served five years at Saint Barbara in Woburn and two years at Saint Mary of the Annunciation in Danvers during which time he was one of the Chaplains at Salem State. He continued his studies in Rome in Canon Law in 1997 and received his License in Canon Law (JCL) from Universitá della Santa Croce 1999 and his Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) in 2002. From 2001 to 2007 he served as Assistant to the Moderator of the Curia for Canonical Affairs. He has been Judicial Vicar since 2007 and is on the faculty at both Saint John Seminary and at Pope John XXIII Seminary. The Bishop-elect is Chaplain to the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild.
List of Directors
Adrienne E. Camire
Carolyn J. Carideo
Frank C. Corso
Honorable Maua S. Doyle
Michael F. Farrington
Michael K. Gillis
Frances X. Hogan
Michael J. Kerrigan
George F. Killgoar, Jr.
F. Beirne Lovely, Jr.
Henry C. Luthin
Honorable Robert J. McKenna, Jr.
Philip D. Moran