Christendom College will join Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington and throughout the nation in observing the bishops’ call for a “Fortnight for Religious Freedom” from June 21-July 4. The bishops have asked that these two weeks be a special time of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action highlighting the importance of defending religious freedom, recently placed under attack by the HHS Mandate.
“Wherever they are–whether at their home parish or here at Christendom–we are asking students and our entire community to stand up for our treasured freedom of religion,” College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty said. “Our participation will be part of a powerful sign of the unity of Catholics throughout our nation as we stand up and speak out with one voice. I hope and pray that all Catholics who hear about it will participate.”
The college will host and participate in a number of events including preached Holy Hours, lectures, socials, novenas, special Masses, and the distribution of prayer cards and informative flyers.
One highlight of the “Fortnight” will be an event for Catholic young adults on Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m., which will feature a talk entitled “Contemplation & Action: Prayer & Fasting for Freedom” by Fr. Planty, followed by an evening of music and fellowship.
Also, all are invited to a Mass offered for religious freedom on Independence Day, July 4, at 11:30 a.m. at Christ the King Chapel followed by the ringing of the chapel bells at 12:00 noon. Throughout the “Fortnight” the 12:00 noon Angelus will be offered for religious freedom as well.
A list of participating dioceses in the United States and the scheduled events for the “Fortnight for Freedom” can be found here.
College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, along with leaders of other Catholic organizations, recently added his signature, on behalf of Christendom College, to a letter sent to the Department of Health and Human Services, rejecting the healthcare mandate.