Bishop Robert P. Deeley and the Diocese of Portland are joining in the annual, nationwide “Fortnight for Freedom—a great hymn of prayer for our country." The Fortnight for Freedom begins on June 21, the memorial of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, martyrs, and continues until July 4, Independence Day. This year, the theme is "Freedom to Serve," with a special emphasis on liberty and service to the poor and the vulnerable.
"This year’s Fortnight is a good opportunity for all of us to gather with those who are involved in serving the most vulnerable among us. As we gather, let us reflect on the need to foster and maintain every person’s inherent freedom in keeping with human dignity and Church teaching," says Bishop Deeley.
The Fortnight focuses on education and raising awareness. Among the special events planned in the diocese is a Fortnight for Freedom Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop Deeley on June 24 at 12:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland.
That evening at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral, Tim Staples will give an address entitled “Engaging the Culture with the Love of Christ." Staples is an author and the director of apologetics and evangelization at Catholic Answers, a lay apostolate dedicated to sharing the truth of the Catholic faith. Staples can be heard on “Catholic Answers Live” weekdays on The Presence Radio.
Additional information about the Fortnight for Freedom can be found on a special website created by the USCCB: www.fortnight4freedom.org.
Nationally, the Fortnight for Freedom Opening Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop William Lori on Saturday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m.at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Maryland. The Fortnight for Freedom Closing Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, with USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville as the homilist, on Friday, July 4, at 12 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Both Masses will be televised nationwide on EWTN.
Litany for Liberty to be prayed during the Fortnight.