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Religious Freedom Week

Religious Freedom Week takes place June 22-29. It begins with the feast day of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, includes the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and ends with the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The theme for this year is Life and Dignity for All. This year, as we approach the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is especially mindful of the debates around our country about abortion. The Catholic Church plays a crucial role in bearing witness to the gospel of life and serving all who will be affected by these discussions and their outcomes.

A statement from Bishop Malesic

As Catholics and Americans, we are grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory. Instead, they should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together.

Click HERE to read Bishop's entire statement.

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are encouraging prayer, reflection and action during religious freedom week. See each day's focus and prayer below or click HERE to see the entire week on the USCCB's website.

June 22 - Walking with Moms in Need

Pray that local churches and communities will have the vision and the freedom to walk with moms in need. 

Read full prayer, reflection and action

June 23 - Church Vandalism

Pray that Christian witness in the face of attacks on our churches will convert hearts to faith in Jesus Christ. 

See full prayer, reflection and action

June 24 - Adoption and Foster Care

Pray that people of faith will continue to have the freedom to serve in the life-affirming ministry of adoption and foster care. 

See full prayer, reflection and action

June 25 - Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Pray that civic leaders would promote life and dignity for all. 

See full prayer, reflection and action

June 26 - Religious Freedom in China

Pray for the freedom of the Church in China, and that the rights of all religious minorities would be respected.

See full prayer, reflection and action

June 27 - Pregnancy Resource Centers

Pray that women facing unplanned pregnancies will continue to have access to support from people who help them choose life. 

See full prayer, reflection and action

June 28 - Health Care Workers

Pray that governments will respect the consciences of all people who care for the sick and vulnerable. 

See full prayer, reflection and action

June 29 - Free Speech

Pray that Christians will have the courage to proclaim the gospel of life and dignity for all with kindness and clarity, even in the face of adversity. 

See full prayer, reflection and action

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