HARTFORD – The Archdiocese of Hartford is participating again in the "Fortnight for Freedom" from June 21-July 4.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4.
Parishes are encouraged to arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Catholic institutions are encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with other Christians, Jews, people of other faiths and all who wish to defend our most cherished freedom.
The 14 days from June 21 – the vigil of the feasts of Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom as a hymn of prayer for our country.
The liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power: Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More, Saint John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis and public action would emphasize both the Christian and American heritage of liberty.