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Fortnight for Freedom Prayer for Religious Liberty

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The Fortnight for Freedom, a 14-day period of prayer, education and action, endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is set to begin in dioceses throughout the United States on Thursday, June 21. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will begin the Fortnight activities in the Diocese of Raleigh with the celebration of Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Raleigh at 6:00 PM that evening. An outdoor reception will follow.

Below is the prayer for religious liberty provided by the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Freedom that can be used during the Fortnight and beyond. The prayer is available on prayer cards that can be purchased from the USCCB’s publishing department. 

To purchase prayer cards, click here.


from your provident hand we have received

our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

You have called us as your people and given us

the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,

and your Son, Jesus Christ.


Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,

you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,

bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel

to every corner of society.


We ask you to bless us

in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.

Give us the strength of mind and heart

to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;

give us courage in making our voices heard

on behalf of the rights of your Church

and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.


Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,

a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters

gathered in your Church

in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,

so that, with every trial withstood

and every danger overcome—

for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,

and all who come after us—

this great land will always be “one nation, under God,

indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”


We ask this through Christ our Lord.