Religious Freedom Week 2022: Life and Dignity for All

June 22-29: Pray, reflect and act to promote religious freedom


"Each year, during Religious Freedom Week, millions of Catholics across America join in taking a stand for the freedom on which this country was founded: the freedom to live out our faith publicly.

This freedom includes the right to serve the common good, as our faith compels us, through various religious charities and ministries. All Americans, regardless of faith, enjoy countless blessings made possible by this freedom."

- Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Diocese of Arlington

Special event: Saint Thomas More Guild - Mass with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Open to all guild members, all lawyers, their guests, and their families. Admission is free but you must register.


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June 22: Walking with Moms in Need

Gabriel Project in the Diocese of Arlington matches pregnant women with peer companions who offer emotional and spiritual support during pregnancy. All services are free. Also offered: pre-natal care assistance, financial assistance, and referrals to parish ministries, Catholic Charities and other organizations.

Photo credit Arlington Catholic Herald.

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June 23: Church Vandalism

At least 139 incidents have occurred across 35 states, the District of Columbia, and in our own diocese since May 2020. Incidents include arson, statues beheaded, limbs cut, smashed, and painted, gravestones defaced with swastikas and anti-Catholic language and American flags next to them burned, and other destruction and vandalism. At the Church of the Nativity in Burke as statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was defaced in January 2022.

“Mary stands as a symbol of peace in a world that needs her now more than ever," Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said in a statement. I ask that others join me in prayer for the perpetrator, as any motive behind such an act reflects a troubled soul in need of Our Lord.”

Photo credit Arlington Catholic Herald.

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June 24 Adoption and Foster Care

Since 1947, Catholic Charities’ Pregnancy and Adoption Support has served communities in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas. They’re committed to providing transformative services to individuals, couples and families impacted by unplanned pregnancy, parenting in crisis situations, and/or whose lives have been touched by adoption.

Watch the story of Victor, Adrienne, and Emmet, whose lives were changed through adoption.

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June 25 - Taxpayer funding for abortion

Read about the Hyde Amendment and how to be an advocate on USCCB's site.

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June 26 - Religious Freedom in China

Find resources from the USCCB on how to stand in solidarity with people of faith around the world.

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June 27 - Pregnancy Resource Centers

Along with other ministries in and around the Diocese of Arlington, Gabriel Project supports women in crisis pregnancies. The ministry matches pregnant women with a peer companion who can offer emotional and spiritual support during pregnancy. All calls are confidential. All services are free.

Learn more about pregnancy resource centers on USCCB's website.

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June 28 - Health Care Workers

The Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinics in Manassas and Woodbridge provide appointments for annual physicals, disease management, sick visits, prenatal care, health classes, and referral to medical services including referrals to other Catholic Charities services.

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June 29 - Free Speech

Connect with the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty. Text FREEDOM to 84576, or sign up for First Freedom News on USCCB's website.

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