Strength of the Saints Relic Tour

It isn’t always easy to stand up for your faith in the public square.

Draw STRENGTH from those who already have.

Join Catholics across Minnesota in venerating the relics of two saints who exemplified courage and conviction in the face of persecution. St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher were prominent 16th century Englishmen who stood against King Henry VIII’s attempted supremacy over the Catholic Church, and accepted martyrdom instead of abandoning their faith.

This fearless witness is especially compelling to American Catholics today, as we face threats to our religious liberty and rights of conscience. Come to learn more about the lives of these saints, ask for their prayers, and be inspired by their example.

The Strength of the Saints Relic Tour is being organized by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, and is part of the broader Fortnight for Freedom, a call to fourteen days of prayer, education, and action for religious freedom in the United States and abroad.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

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

Monday, June 27, 2016

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

Bishop Sirba will preside at Mass, beginning at 9:30 AM. Mass will be followed by presentations and time to venerate the relics in silence.

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

The faithful will have the opportunity to venerate the relics, followed by a talk from Bishop Hoeppner.

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

To prepare for viewing the relics, the film “A Man for All Seasons” (1966) will be shown. The two-hour movie begins at 5:15 p.m. in the basement of the Cathedral. Light refreshments will be available. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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

Bishop Quinn will celebrate Mass at 12:10 PM.

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Strength of the Saints Relic Tour Q&A

Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher

WITNESSES TO FREEDOM: Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher

BIO: St. Thomas More

BIO: St. John Fisher

PRAYER: USCCB St Thomas More Religious Liberty Prayer

MOVIE: A Man for All Seasons

Religious Liberty

USCCB: Religious Liberty

MCC: Religious Freedom in Minnesota

Veneration of Relics

Church Teaching on Relics

EWTN: Why Do We Venerate Relics?

Promotional Resources

Statewide Poster

Diocesan Specific Posters

Bulletin Text

High-Resolution Logo

Logo Explainer Social Media Image

Facebook Event Page

Media Coverage

Relics of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher to visit Minnesota parishesThe Catholic Spirit



June 26, 2016 at 6:30pm - 8pm