Fortnight for Freedom Activities in the Diocese of Youngstown
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:00

NEWS RELEASE                144 West Wood Street,
                                                                     Phone: 330-744-8451
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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT  May 31, 2016
SUBJECT         Fortnight for Freedom Activities in the Diocese of Youngstown

MORE INFO     Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry   330.744.8451 x272 

The Fortnight for Freedom is fourteen days of prayer, education and action for religious freedom in the United States and abroad, called for by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. The Fortnight for Freedom takes place from June 21 to July 4 with the theme Witnesses to Freedom. In the Church’s liturgical calendar, this two week period coincides with celebrations of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of religious persecution by political power, including St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church in Rome.

 In observance of the Fortnight for Freedom, the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown will celebrate the 10:30 Mass at St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, on Sunday, July 3, as our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day. All are welcome to celebrate and reflect upon our religious freedom – “our most cherished liberty.” A simple coffee and doughnut reception will follow in the cathedral social hall. Information will be available regarding religious liberty and the civil responsibility of Catholics.

Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown are encouraged to celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom and make information available to parishioners. More information on the Fortnight for Freedom: Witnesses to Freedom may be found at or or by contacting the Diocese of Youngstown’s Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at 330-744-8451 ext.272.