Witnesses to Freedom
"We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together. "
—Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, April 12, 2012
The Fortnight for Freedom takes place from June 21 to July 4, 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:
Support national events like the USCCB's opening and closing Masses, and attend local diocesan and parish events, like St. Isidore's Fortnight for Freedom Speaker Series.
Visit our diocesan calendar for additional events and information.
Find resources below to help support these activities: