The fourteen days from June 21-the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More-to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this "fortnight for freedom"-a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power-St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. 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 will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country have scheduled special events that support a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.
Fortnight for Freedom Special - Telecare brings word from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Spring General Assembly through Monsignor James Vlaun's conversations with eminent members of the USCCB on united efforts throughout Fortnight for Freedom and beyond. Included are exclusive interviews with Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Wuerl, Bishop Murphy, Archbishop Lori, and John Garvey President of the Catholic University of America.
Fortnight for Freedom Vespers Service Homily of Bishop William Murphy - from Friday, June 22, 2012 at St. Agnes Cathedral, Long Island, NY.