Fortnight for Freedom OKC
On April 12, 2012 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.
Fortnight for Freedom Opening
Fortnight for Freedom Opening Mass:
Archbishop Paul Coakley will celebrate a
Mass to open the Fortnight at 7:00 p.m.
June 21, 2013, the vigil of the feast of Saints
Thomas More and John Fisher, at the
Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in
The Fortnight for Freedom is an annual, interfaith, ecumenical prayer campaign initiated by the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2012 and actualized within individual dioceses across the
Each year, from June 21 to July 4, Catholics and other people of faith throughout the United States pray
for a renewed respect for life, marriage and religious liberty.
During these 14 days, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast days of 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 in Rome.
Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis and public action
emphasizes both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.
This year, the prayers of the faithful will especially focus on marriage, as the Fortnight will likely
coincide with relevant, marriage-related decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.
In March 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases that pertain to the legal definition
of marriage - one to determine the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and the other
to determine the constitutionality of California state Proposition 8. Both laws define marriage as
between one man and one woman.
In deciding these cases, the nine Supreme Court justices will ultimately decide whether any statute that
defines marriage as between one man and one woman is constitutional and at what level (the state level,
the federal level or both).
This website is designed to encourage members of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, specifically, to
observe the Fortnight, but we welcome the spiritual closeness of any and all who would pray for
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
"I expect to die in bed, my successor will
die in prison and his successor
will die a martyr in the public square".
St. Thomas More, Martyr
Patron of Religious Liberty