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Religious Freedom Week 2018

Graphic: Religious Freedom Week logoReligious Freedom Week (formerly Fortnight for Freedom) begins June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher and concludes on June 29.

Read Bishop Walkowiak's letter to parishioners

(English | Español)

People of faith are committed to serving others in God's love in healthcare, child welfare, migration and refugee resettlement, education, and more. Religious freedom protects the space in which we can continue to serve. 

Join Catholics across the country to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity. Learn more at www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek.

"We encourage people of faith to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that we might have the space to carry out our mission of service and mercy, and we invite everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters who face intense persecution in other parts of the world." - Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty, Archbishop of Louisville.   

Events

Friday, June 22 at 9 a.m.
Opening Mass and Presentation
4865 Eleven Mile Rd.
Rockford, MI 49341
After Mass, join us for a presentation with Catholic writer and speaker Kathryn Mulderink "Religious Liberty: Right Here. Right Now." Light refreshments and conversation will follow the talk.
 
About Kathryn Mulderink
For three decades, Kathryn Mulderink has worked for the Church as a catechist, director of religious education/parish catechetical leader and pastoral associate. She now serves the Church in West Michigan as a writer, speaker and pastoral collaborator encouraging and supporting individuals and families in their faith journeys and working with pastors to understand the unique dynamic, particular gifts, and specific challenges of each parish. Kathryn and her family are members of St. Luke University Parish in Allendale. 
 
 
Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Evening Mass and Presentation
1935 Plymouth Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
After Mass, join us for a presentation with Attorney John Bursch entitled "Religious Liberty, Sex and the Church."
 
Image: John Bursch photoAbout John Bursch
John Bursch is a highly successful and distinguished attorney who served as Michigan's 10th Solicitor General from 2011 to 2013. In 2016, he parted ways with a large Michigan law firm to open his own firm, Bursch Law. With a regular U.S. Supreme Court practice and a dominant Michigan Supreme Court presence, John represents some of the nation's largest and most respected companies as well as States, Governors, Attorney Generals, and other public officials. John is widely recognized for his advocacy and his background and experience make him uniquely qualified to speak on topics related to religious liberty and the law. John and his family are parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church in Caledonia.
 
 
Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Closing Mass with Most Reverend David Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids
2750 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4998
A musical performance will precede the Mass starting at 6 p.m. Following Mass, join us for light refreshments and conversation. 

Take Action

Daily reflections from the USCCB

Day 1: June 22en español
Day 2: June 23  | en español
Day 3: June 24  | en español
Day 4: June 25  | en español
Day 5: June 26  | en español
Day 6: June 27  | en español
Day 7: June 28  | en español
Day 8: June 29  | en español

Get connected

Subscribe to the USCCB's "Free to Serve" monthly e-newsletter
Follow @USCCBFreedom on Twitter

Additional resources

Church teaching on religious freedom | Current threats to religious freedom (USCCB)
Promoting religious freedom through interfaith dialogue (MCC's June 2018 FOCUS) | How the Church exercises its "Freedom to Serve" (Michigan Catholic Conference)