Catholic Diocese of Wilmington

Welcome to the Diocese of Wilmington’s
Fortnight for Freedom web page.

Fortnight for Freedom, is a 14 days period of prayer, education and action – from June 21 through July 4.  Special events are being planned to highlight the importance of defending religious liberty including  a nationally televised Mass on July 4 at 12:10 p.m. at the National Shrine of the Immcaulate Conception. Click here for more information.

The Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington has issued a letter to the people of the Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore regarding the Fortnight for Freedom. To read the letter, click here.

Write to Washington and ask them to protect our religious liberty.  Delaware residents, take action here.  Maryland residents, take action here.

Click here to see a video of Bishop Malooly's homily recorded at a special Fortnight for Freedom Mass at Holy Cross Church in Dover, Delaware on June 21, 2012


Other Fortnight for Freedom events include:

Ocean City, Md. - June 21 - July 4 (except June 24), Holy Hour, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass until 10:30 a.m., Sunday, July 1, Solumn Exposition, following the 11:30 a.m. Mass until 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, Solumn Exposition, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass until 11:45 a.m. prior to a special Mass at noon.  St. Luke's Church.

Seaford, Del. - June 29, Parish Day of Fasting and Prayer; July 3 Eucharistic Adoration; July 4, Mass at 7:30 p.m.. Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Smyrna, Del. -  June 29, Day of Fasting and Abstinence; July 1, Holy Hour, 4:00 p.m.; July 4, Independence Day Mass, 10:00 a.m.. St. Polycarp Church.

Easton, Md. -  June 25-29, July 2-4, Rosary, Mass and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Ss. Peter & Paul Church.

St. Michaels, Md. - June 27, Rosary and Mass, 11:30 a.m., St. Michaels Mission Church.

Georgetown, Del. - July 2, Mass, Adoration, Benediction, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., St. Michael the Archangel Church.

Wilmington, Del. - July 2, Holy Hour, 6:00 p.m. followed by Novena and Benediction. St. John the Beloved Church.

Oak Orchard, Del. - July 4, Mass, Adoration, Benediction, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mary Mother of Peace Church.

Wilmington, Del. - July 2 Holy Hour at 6:00 p.m. followed by Benediction and Mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by Novena to the Miraculous Medal. St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

Information and events related to the Fortnight for Freedom in the Diocese of Wilmington will be listed here. Check back often.

To read a letter from Bishop Malooly on religious liberty, click here.

For a statement on religious liberty from the Bishops of Maryland, click here.

A special prayer for religious liberty will be prayed after all Masses during the Fortnight for Freedom.
For your copy in English, click here. For your copy in Spanish, click here.

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“No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”

President Thomas Jefferson

“I believe in an America . . . where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.”

President John F. Kennedy


“The First Amendment was not written to protect people and their laws from religious values; it was written to protect those values from government tyranny.”

President Ronald W. Reagan


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