Religious Freedom Week (formerly Fortnight for Freedom) begins June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher and goes through June 29. This year’s theme is “Strength in Hope,” inspired by Pope Paul VI’s Apostolicam actuositatem (1965). Join our U.S. bishops and Catholics across the country to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity.
“We encourage people of faith to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that we might have the space to carry out our mission of service and mercy, and we invite everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters who face intense persecution in other parts of the world.” – Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, Archbishop of Louisville.
Read Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to parishioners
Events around the diocese
Attorney John Bursch on “The Importance of Religious Liberty”
Holy Family Church, Caledonia
Date: Sunday, June 23
Time: 12:30 p.m.
John Bursch is a distinguished attorney who served as Michigan’s 10th Solicitor General from 2011 to 2013. In 2016, he parted ways with a large Michigan law firm and opened Bursch Law. With a regular U.S. Supreme Court practice and a dominant Michigan Supreme Court presence, John represents some of the nation’s largest and most respected companies as well as states, governors, attorneys general, and other public officials. John is widely recognized for his advocacy, and his background and experience make him uniquely qualified to speak on topics related to religious liberty and the law. John and his family are parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church in Caledonia.
Holy Hour with sung Vespers
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Grand Rapids
Date: Thursday, June 27
Time: 6 p.m.
Closing Mass & Talk
St. Stephen Church, E. Grand Rapids
Date: Saturday, June 29
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Following Mass, Kathryn Mulderink will present “What can we do right here, right now?”
For three decades, Kathryn Mulderink has worked for the Church as a catechist, director of religious education/parish catechetical leader and pastoral associate. She now serves the Church in West Michigan as a writer, speaker and pastoral collaborator encouraging and supporting individuals and families in their faith journeys and working with pastors to understand the unique dynamic, particular gifts, and specific challenges of each parish. Kathryn and her family are members of St. Luke University Parish in Allendale.
Pray, reflect & act
- Pray for the protection of religious liberty and increased respect for the role of faith in public life.
- Get educated using the many resources found on the USCCB website.
- Contribute constructively to conversation on the subject of religious liberty using these tips on how to talk about it.
Daily reflections from the USCCB:
Day 1: June 22 | en español
Day 2: June 23 | en español
Day 3: June 24 | en español
Day 4: June 25 | en español
Day 5: June 26 | en español
Day 6: June 27 | en español
Day 7: June 28 | en español
Day 8: June 29 | en español
Watch the USCCB’s Religious Freedom Week video:
Sign up for Action Alerts, contact your members of Congress, sign up for text alerts to stay up-to-date on current religious freedom issues or subscribe to the USCCB’s “Free to Serve” monthly e-newsletter on the USCCB website.
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