Fortnight for Freedom | June 21-July 4, 2016

Join us for the third annual Fortnight For Freedom from June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day.  The Fortnight For Freedom is a call to fourteen days of prayer, education, and action for religious freedom in the United States and abroad.  The Fortnight for Freedom is In the statement, Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.


5 Ways to Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom

  1. Pray  – The U.S. Bishops are encouraging the faithful to pray and fast for the renewal of a culture of life and marriage and for protection of religious liberty. In particular, Catholics are invited to make a pledge to fast and abstain from meat on Fridays. Below are suggested intentions and reflections for each Friday fast.  Please visit to subscribe to receive the weekly reminder, intention, and reflection by email. Or text “FAST” to 55000 to receive text messages.
  2. Learn – Catholic teaching on religious freedom is rich and has much to offer our culture today. Consider getting a study group together to read and discuss what religious freedom is really all about. Resources are available at Or, consider hosting a religious freedom movie night at your house or parish. Films can be a great way to learn about and reflect on our faith. Here are a few suggestions:  » A Man for All Seasons, about the martyrdom of St. Thomas More  » For Greater Glory, about the struggle for religious freedom in Mexico  » First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty, a PBS video about religious freedom » Becket, about 12th century English martyr St. Thomas à Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  3. Gather – Get together and celebrate religious freedom with a parish picnic or barbecue. Hand out religious freedom conversation starters as a way to spur discussion about our first, most precious liberty.
  4. Pilgrimage – Join Catholics from all over the country in the nation’s capital on July 4 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for our country and for our Church.
  5. Share! – Share pictures of Fortnight celebrations in your area on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #Fortnight4Freedom.


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