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Fortnight for Freedom

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel. US Conference of Catholic Bishops has many resources and ideas that may be used at the parish level at http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/. Additional information and suggestions on the Albany Diocese’s observance of this annual period of prayer, reflection and study will be coming in early June. 

The Catholic Bishops of the United States have called for a “Fortnight for Freedom”, a two-week period of prayer, study and action to address many current challenges to religious liberty including:

  • The Right to practice Faith in daily life;
  • Why we need a Health Care Conscience Rights Act;
  • Marriage and Religious Freedom;
  • Discrimination against Catholic adoption services;
  • Discrimination against Catholic humanitarian services;
  • Discrimination against Christian students on campus;
  • Discrimination against small church congregations;
  • Providing Pastoral Care to immigrants
  • Numerous international threats to religious liberty including the last Christians in the Middle East, Secularism under siege in India, Minority rights being threatened in Mexico and Pakistan, Needed reforms in Myanmar, and Boko Haram in Nigeria.


The 2015 Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power: St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, Sts. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight – “Freedom to Bear Witness” – will focus on the freedom to bear witness to the truth of the Gospel.

Parishes and other groups in the Albany Diocese that decide to heed this call and do something in connection with this effort are encouraged to let Steve Mawn at the Diocesan Office of Evangelization, Catechesis & Family Life know about it. For information about events in the Albany Diocese as well as for resources for both education and prayer on this topic go to our special Albany Diocese Fortnight for Freedom page on this website.

The US Bishops’ Conference has issued a “Litany of Liberty” that is to be used during the two week period. Click here to view it on their website.


The Albany Diocese will be holding a special Holy Hour for Religious Liberty & Freedom on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 7pm. Join with Bishop Scharfenberger and for this special evening of prayer and reflection. The event flyer has additional information

Holy Hours for Life

Broadalbin – Every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St. Joseph’s Rectory.

Rotterdam – Every Third Tuesday from 7-8pm at St. Gabriel’s Church, 3040 Hamburg Street.


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats are offered throughout the United States and internationally. They have been a source of reconciliation and healing for thousands of women and men who have suffered from the pain of an abortion. Information about local retreats sponsored by Rachel’s Vineyard of Albany.

None at this time.

General Intercessions

Respect Life Resources – Monthly General Intercessions & Bulletin Quotes (distributed via the diocese’s monthly emailing to parishes and available to parish staffs from the diocesan intranet)

August 2015
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April 2015
March 2015
February, 2015
January 2015
December 2014
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September 2014
August 2014

Other Information

Pastors, parish administrators, parish life directors, deacons and parish pro-life/respect life committee chairs can request to be added to the OECFL’s Respect Life email list to receive updates and resources electronically by contacting Stephen Mawn at 518-453-6630