Fortnight for Freedom

Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day.fortnight for freedom 2106

Fortnight for Freedom: 2016: Witnesses to Freedom

This year, we will look at the lives of more than 14 women and men of faith, from all over the world, who bear witness to authentic freedom in Christ.

Witnesses to FreedomLittle Sisters of the Poor  | en español

Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More  | en español

Coptic Martyrs  | en español

St. John the Baptist  | en español

Ven. Henriette Delille | en español

Bl. Oscar Romero  | en español

Martyrs of Compiègne  | en español

Fr. John Bapst, SJ   | en español

Sts. Peter and Paul  | en español

Sts. Felicity and Perpetua | en español

Bl. Miguel Pro | en español

St. Maximilian Kolbe | en español

St. Edith Stein  | en español

St. Kateri Tekakwitha  | en español

Strength of the Saints Relic Tour


During this Fortnight, Minnesotans will also have the opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. Relics of these two martyrs will be touring throughout the state.


St. Paul (Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis)
Cathedral of St. Paul
6:30—8:00 PM


Cloquet (Diocese of Duluth)
Queen of Peace Church
9:30—11 AM

Bemidji (Diocese of Crookston)
St. Philip’s Catholic Church
2:30—3:30 PM

St. Cloud (Diocese of St. Cloud)
Cathedral of St. Mary
7:30—8:30 PM


New Ulm (Diocese of New Ulm)
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
8:30—9:30 AM

Rochester (Diocese of Winona)
Church of St. John the Evangelist
12:00—1:30 PM

Learn more about the Strength of the Saints Relic Tour

Additional Resources

Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty

5 Ways to Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom

Conversation Starters

Fact Sheets

Prayer Resources


Special Masses


Take Action

Visit the USCCB’s website for more Fortnight for Freedom resources