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USCCB Fortnight for Freedom - Northern Virginia & D.C. Area

The Fortnight for Freedom is an annual 14-day event held in dioceses and parishes across the United States to raise awareness about the importance of religious freedom. Launched in the summer of 2011 by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB), the Fortnight for Freedom initiative serves as a vital channel for promoting the preservation and protection of our religious liberty through prayer and activism across the country. This year's theme, "Witnesses to Freedom" will focus on men and women of faith throughout the world who have been strong witnesses to true freedom in Christ.

We encourage you to participate in this important cause for the Catholic Church with your local parish community.

Opening and Closing Masses

Details to be posted.

Fortnight for Freedom Resources

All are encouraged to use the following free resources while participating in the Fortnight for Freedom, courtesy of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website.

Prayer for Religious Liberty

Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1).
We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,
the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Daily Reflections for the Fortnight for Freedom

Download an e-booklet of reflections for every day during the Fortnight for Freedom.

Take Action

  • Visit the USCCB's Online Religious Liberty Action Center
  • Visit the Human Life Action Center website
  • Write to Congress about your opposition to the HHS mandate and calling for protection of our conscience rights. Ask your Representative & Senators to support the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940, S. 1204) and to ensure respect for the religious liberty and conscience rights of all participants in our nation's health care system. 
  • Call your Members of Congress via the U.S. Capitol switchboard number at 202-224-3121, or call your Representative's and Senators' local offices. Additional contact information can be found on Representatives' websites at . . and Senators' websites at . . .
  • Participate in the "Project Life and Liberty" postcard campaign.
  • Sign up for the Virginia Catholic Conference advocacy network
  • Keep up-to-date on current religious freedom issues, sign up for text messages from the USCCB. Text the word "FREEDOM" to 377377.

Articles and Press Coverage of the Fortnight for Freedom in the Arlington Diocese