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.
The Fortnight for Freedom Opening Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop William Lori on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Fortnight for Freedom Closing Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, with Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh delivering the homily, on Monday, July 4 at noon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Both Masses will be televised on EWTN and the CatholicTV Network. The relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher will be available for veneration.
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.
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.
Download an e-booklet of reflections for every day during this year's Fortnight for Freedom.
Download Reflections Booklet
The USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty is partnering with Stonyhurst College to bring the relics of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher from England to the United States for a tour through several dioceses. During this time, parishioners can make a pilgrimage to one of the tour sites.
Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher Relic Tour Dates:June 18-19 - Archdiocese of MiamiJune 21 - Archdiocese of BaltimoreJune 23 - Diocese of PittsburghJune 23-24 - Archdiocese of PhiladelphiaJune 26-27 - Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. PaulJune 28-29 - Archdiocese of DenverJune 30 - Diocese of PhoenixJuly 1-3 - Archdiocese of Los AngelesJuly 4-5 - Archdiocese of Washington
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