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Fortnight 2017: Freedom for Mission


"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." - Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, on the "Freedom to Bear Witness". . .

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom for Mission will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2017, 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 will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.

Many resources are available for use by parishes, groups, individuals and families.  Click on the links below and find more information on the U.S. Bishops' website.

US Bishops Statement on Religious Liberty

Read the statement of the US Bishops on Religious Freedom, "Our First and Most Cherished  Liberty."

Daily Reflections the Fortnight for Freedom

The US Bishops have prepared daily reflections for each day of the Fortnight which may be used by individuals, families and parish groups to learn more.  Use the link below to download a copy.