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Fortnight for Freedom Essay Contest


Gabriel ErbThe Fortnight for Freedom is a national initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), occurring June 21 through July 4, 2015. The recent unrest in Baltimore has magnified the need for acts of service on behalf of others to address underlying issues such as poverty, joblessness, and poor housing. In recognition of these issues, the Archdiocese of Baltimore will observe Fortnight for Freedom as the “Freedom to Bear Witness … to our Faith in Baltimore

During the Fortnight 2015, Catholics are encouraged to reflect on their Christian heritage through prayer, study, and peaceful public action to affirm the importance of religious freedom. One such action available to the youth of the Archdiocese of Baltimore is a Fortnight for Freedom “Christian Acts of Service” essay contest.

The goal of the “Christian Acts of Service” essay contest is to demonstrate how our Catholic faith (including Catholic education) instills a sense of mission to bear witness to the Gospel as expressed through acts of charity, including those animated by a desire to serve those in Baltimore City who were impacted by the recent acts of violence.