The First Freedom Project

first-freedom-buttonReligious freedom is our first freedom.  As Americans and as Catholics, it is our heritage and our firm belief.

The Minnesota bishops, in solidarity with their brother bishops throughout the U.S., will not cease in the struggle to protect our most cherished of American freedoms.

Below you will find a variety of resources about religious freedom, including the U.S. Bishops’ statement, Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, educational and prayer resources, and MCC’s First Freedom Project blog. In this blog, we cover current issues related to religious freedom and the proper Catholic response to these emerging concerns.  (See more at:



The Fortnight for Freedom will be observed June 21-July 4, 2015.  The two-week celebration will Fortnight hands open 2014focus on the theme “Freedom to Bear Witness.

“During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, John the Baptist, Peter and Paul and the first martyrs of the Church of Rome,” says Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “This is a time when Catholics can unite themselves in prayer to the men and women throughout history who spread the Gospel and lived out Jesus’ call to serve the ‘least of these’ in even the direst of circumstances.

Find Fortnight for Freedom 2015 celebration resources, CLICK HERE.