People from throughout Southern California will be gathering this Friday, June 22 for a conference for the Fortnight for Religious Freedom. This is in response to the US Bishop’s call for two weeks of prayer, fasting, catechesis, and public action with an emphasis on our Christian and American heritages of liberty.
Costa Mesa Hilton Hotel
3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
Friday, June 22
8:00am to 3:00pm.
Reception to follow, hosted by CCG
This conference is being organized by Catholics for the Common Good, Catholics at Work OC, St. Thomas More Society, the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders and United 4 Religious Freedom.
The Fortnight of Freedom begins on June 21, on the vigil of the feast of the St. Thomas More and Bishop John Fisher who lost their lives defending the Church against the state, and ends on July 4, Independence Day. Over the course of the two weeks, the feast of other martyrs will also be celebrated including Saints Peter and Paul and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. In addition, we will be celebrating the nativity of St. John the Baptist who lost his head because he objected to an illicit marriage.
Mark McElrath, Catholics for the Common Good board member and president of Catholics@Work OC, said “We live in very serious times and the Bishops are calling on each of us to personally engage on this issue. This conference is just such an engagement.”
Speakers will include:
- Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, President of the Magis Institute,
- Dr. Lloyd Pierre, MD of the Sancta Familia Medical Apostolate, and
- John Eastman, Dean Emeritus of the Chapman University School of Law
John Eastman is a scholar and an authority on our country’s founding documents. He will guide us to a deeper understanding of why religious liberty is under attack, show us why we must be civilly engaged in defending it, and why the HHS Mandate must be stopped.
This conference will include periods of deep prayer and Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Quan Tran, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish. This session will also include serious study, dialogue and exchange with fellow participants as well as fellowship during breaks and meal times.
Registration is $39, which includes all programs and materials, networking lunch, and free parking.
We look forward to seeing you there and ask for your prayerful support.
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