‘Freedom’ events set for lead-up to Independence Day

| June 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops have called for a “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 to July 4 as a 14-day period of prayer, study, catechesis and public action emphasizing our nation’s Christian and American heritage of religious liberty.

Also, don’t miss the following local events that are co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Minnesota Catholic Conference (unless otherwise noted):

• “Religious Liberty: Our Most Cherished Freedom,” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., June 21 at Nativity of Our Lord Church in St. Paul. Speakers are Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference; Father Daniel Griffith, faculty fellow of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law; Teresa Collett, professor of law, UST.

• “Religious Liberty and Healthcare,” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., June 26 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Rochester.

• “Deceits and Conceits: The False Conflict of Religious Freedom with Women’s Liberty,” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., June 27, UST, 3M Auditorium, Owens Science Building, St. Paul. Co-Sponsored by the Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture. Speakers are Teresa Collett, professor of law, UST; R. Mary Lemmons, associate professor of philosophy, UST; Deborah Savage, clinical professor, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.

• “Religious Liberty, Conscience Rights, and Participation of Faith Communities in the Public Square,” 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 28 at UST Law School in Minneapolis. This Continuing Legal Education Seminar is open to the public, has a $20 registration fee for non-lawyers and includes lunch.

• “Fortnight for Freedom Mass,” 5:15 p.m., June 28 at Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul. Co-celebrants for this vigil Mass — which will also be a celebration of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patronal feast day of the archdiocese — will be Archbishop John Nienstedt and Bishop Lee Piché.

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