Navigate Up
Sign In

Fortnight for Freedom concludes on Independence Day

This year's theme: “The Freedom to Bear Witness,” to the truth of the Gospel.

We mark the Fortnight for Freedom this year because "Keeping the spirit of the Gospel means that Catholic institutions are to bear witness in love to the full truth about the human person by providing social, charitable, and educational services in a manner that fully reflects the God-given dignity of the human person."

The Fortnight for Freedom takes place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, and is a time during which we celebrate a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight focuses on witnessing with the love of Christ to the full truth of the human person and in recognition of the God-given dignity reflected in the face of each human person.

Throughout each Fortnight, a 14-day period of prayer, learning and action in support of religious freedom, we are encouraged to do some or all of the following:

Find resources below to help support these activities:
Description ​Resource
​Bishop Walkowiak's Letter to Parishioners ​(English | Español)
Parish Resources & Activities
14 Ways to Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom | Ecumenical Prayer Service | Intercessory Prayers for Ecumenical Service | Homily Notes | View diocesan calendar
​Prayer service templates, prayer intentions, holy cards and other helpful materials ​
​ ​Prayer Resources for the Fortnight for Freedom | Litany for Liberty
​Learn about current threats to religious liberty at home and abroad ​
​Domestic Threats to Religious Liberty (English | Español)
International Religious Freedom (English | Español)
​Fortnight for Freedom graphics and downloads Graphics & downloads
​Learn about conscience protection, advocate & pray for conscience rights Resources on Conscience Protection
Additional information: Attacks on Religious Liberty | MCC Legal Response to HHS Mandate