Mass to celebrate religious freedom


June 20, 2017


ARLINGTON, Va. – Thursday, June 22, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington will celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom 2017, with an opening Mass in Arlington. A reception will follow.  This year’s theme, “Freedom for Mission,” is focused on the importance and value of our freedom to be a witness to the Catholic faith in how we pray, serve others, and promote a culture of freedom. 

Just last month, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order promoting religious liberty, instructing specific federal agencies to consider amending regulations in the Affordable Care Act that require most employers to cover contraception in employee insurance plans.




When:                       Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7 p.m.

Where:                     Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, 3901 N. Cathedral Lane, Arlington 

                                  A reception will be held in Burke Hall immediately following the Mass.




The Fortnight for Freedom is an annual 14-day event held in dioceses and parishes across the U.S. 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.

In a statement, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, the celebrant of the Mass, said, in part, “We will pray with renewed intensity for the preservation and protection of our freedom to fulfill our Church’s mission in our community, in our country, and in our world.”

Here, watch video: Bishop Burbidge Invites You to Our Fortnight for Freedom Opening Mass