By Archbishop William Lori, Diocese of Baltimore
On his visit to the U.S., Pope Francis encouraged us to nurture, promote, and defend the precious gift of religious freedom. To this end, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has continued to encourage Catholics, other Christians, and all people of good will to set aside two weeks to reflect on religious freedom.
The Fortnight for Freedom runs from June 21 (the vigil of the feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher) to July 4 (when we celebrate our national Independence Day).
Eleven friars of the Province of St. Joseph were ordained May 21 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. as new Dominican priests.
The former Adam Lemoine, from St. Anthony of Padua parish in Bunkie was one of the eleven ordained and will take on the name Father Louis Bertrand Lemoine, O.P.