PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

 

Almighty and good God, Father of all Creation. We thank you for placing deep within us the Divine attribute of freedom and giving us a longing for it in our daily lives.

 

In history the founders of our great nation enshrined religious freedom as our highest liberty.

 

Inspire in us the gifts of wisdom and courage so that we may defend our liberty always that our children and our children’s children may be ever free to walk by the light of your Truth. Amen

 

Bishop William P. Callahan, OFM Conv. Diocese of La Crosse

 

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Office for Ministries and Social Concerns

 

Direct Dial: (608) 791-0161

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Fortnight for Freedom

Diocese of La Crosse (June 21-July 4, 2014)

 

 

Hobby Lobby: A Vital Win for Religious Freedom

Why another Fortnight?

Because the right to freely live out our religious faith is the most precious liberty we have, and we need to stand up for it in the face of threats.  The U.S. Bishops have called for this year's Fortnight to focus especially on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church's teaching.  Visit this page often for updated information on resources and events for the Fortnight for Freedom in the Diocese of La Crosse.

Keynote Presentations

 

Monday, June 30, 7:00 - 8:45 pm in Wausau:

“Full-Court Press: Standing up for the Freedom to Serve in Faith”

St. Michael Parish, 611 Stark St., Wausau.

Keynote by Jordan Lorence, Senior Counsel with Alliance Defending

Freedom. Mr. Lorence will bring us up to date on the challenges facing

religious freedom, what he and others have been doing to defend it all the

way to the Supreme Court, and what we can all do. This will be followed by

an expert roundtable discussion addressing questions from the audience.

Admission is free.

 

Tuesday, July 1, 7:00 - 8:45pm in La Crosse:

“Full-Court Press: Standing up for the Freedom to Serve in Faith”

UW-La Crosse, Centennial Hall, Room 1309 (1st floor Auditorium).

Keynote by Jordan Lorence, Senior Counsel with Alliance Defending

Freedom. After opening remarks by Bishop Callahan, Mr. Lorence will bring us up to date on the challenges facing religious freedom, what he and others have been doing to defend it all the way to the Supreme Court, and what we can all do. The evening will conclude with an expert roundtable discussion addressing questions from the audience. Admission is free.

 

Centennial Hall is just east of the UWL Center for the Arts, which is on 15th and Vine St. N. There is free parking in the lot across Vine St. from the Center for the Arts.

 

 

The July 1 event will be simulcast to the following:

Immaculate Conception Parish

1712 Highland Ave.

Eau Claire 54701

For information, call: 715-835-9935

 

Please help us advertise these events by putting these posters around your parish and community!

La Crosse Event poster                            Wausau Event Poster

 

Jordan Lorence Discusses Supreme Court
Victory on Public Prayer

Jordan Lorence discusses the Supreme Court ruling on public prayer, Town of Greece vs. Galloway, with Megyn Kelly of Fox News.  The ruling was a major religious freedom victory for Lorence and the law firm for which he is senior counsel – Alliance Defending Freedom.

 

Meet the Little Sisters of the Poor

The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international Roman Catholic Congregation of women Religious founded in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan. They operate homes in 31 countries, where they provide loving care for over 13,000 needy elderly persons. For more information, visit www.becketfund.org/littlesisters

Becket Fund and the Little Sisters of the Poor on Your World w/ Neil Cavuto

 

Becket Fund's Mark Rienzi appears on Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto on September 26, 2013 to discuss the threat the HHS Mandate poses to the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Hobby Lobby: A Family Business

On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a case arising out of the commitment of Hobby Lobby owners David and Barbara Green and their family to live out their deeply held religious convictions by "operating their company in a manner consistent with biblical principles." 

The family believes that this commitment is the reason that Hobby Lobby, which began out of the garage, has grown from one 300-square-foot store to one of the nation's leading arts and crafts retailers with more than 550 stores in 45 states.