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Fortnight for Freedom: June 21 - July 4

Freedom to Serve

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve takes place from June 21 to July 4, 2014, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates 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 the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church's teaching.

The Fortnight for Freedom is a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom during which we are encouraged to:

  • Pray for the protection of religious liberty and increased respect for the role of faith in public life.
  • Educate ourselves and our family, friends, and neighbors by using the many resources found on the USCCB's Fortnight for Freedom web page.
  • Support national events like the USCCB's opening and closing Masses, as well as local diocesan and parish events.
  • Encourage our legislators to support H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act.
Find resources below to help support these activities:
Description ​Resource
​Bishop Walkowiak's Letter to Parishioners ​(English | Español)
Parish Activities View diocesan calendar
​Fortnight for Freedom 2014 Video Watch
​Fortnight for Freedom graphics and downloads
Graphics & downloads
​Prayer service templates, prayer intentions, holy cards and other helpful materials Prayer Resources for the Fortnight for Freedom
​Learn about current threats to religious liberty at home and abroad U.S. Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom
Fact Sheets
 | Take Action & Support
Religious Liberty
​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