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The Conventual Franciscan Friars of Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Libertyville, IL are holding six nights of talks by leading Catholic thinkers in the public sphere, to honor the "Fortnight for Religious Freedom" the Catholic bishops have called for.

For two weeks, June 21st through July 3rd, the Conventual Franciscan Friars will be holding prayer services each night beginning at 6:30 PM in the Chapel for the preservation of religious freedom in our country. On six nights, there will be Guest Speakers:

Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 pm--Fr. Edward T. Oakes, SJ, Author and Professor at University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary

Friday, June 22 at 7:00 pm--Robert Gilligan, Executive Director, Catholic Conference of Illinois

Monday, June 25 at 7:00 pm--Very Rev. Patrick Greenough, OFM CONV, National Director of the MI and Minister Provincial , St. Bonaventure Province

Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 pm--Michael Sullivan, Member, Thomas Moore Legal Society

Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 pm--Brian Burch, President,

Monday, July 2 at 7:00 pm--Bonnie Quirke, Executive Director, Lake County Right to Life

The Fortnight for Freedom at Marytown concludes with a special mass on Independence Day, July 4th at 9:00 am.

All events for A Fortnight of Freedom are free of charge and do not require registration.

for more information, see the Marytown website:

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$2000 plus tax and tips

Nice place

Cost will be at least 2500

06/18/2012 new

Whoops...ignore the last few lines of my post above...that is about something else! embarassed

06/18/2012 new

Hello Pat, I may try to attend the event on July 2. Are you going to this event? At St. Stanislaus Kostka Church located in Chicago, IL they were handing out prayer cards and the priest told the people to pray the prayer below for the "Fortnight for Religious Freedom" June 21 through July 4. I heard on Relevant Radio there will also be different guest speakers speaking during this time period. I encourage everyone on Catholic Match to print out the prayer below and to pray the prayer below if you believe in your religious freedom.

Mary Immaculate Patroness of Our Country - Pray for Us

O GOD OUR CREATOR, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bring the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedom when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome--for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us--this great land will always be "one nation", under God, indivisble, with liberty and just for all."

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


06/27/2012 new

Thanks for postin that information. I have been there for the Rosary a few of the nights so far and will try and make it the rest of them. They do the Rosary at 6:30 pm then if there is a guest speaker they move to a large meeting room.

Thank you for the prayer. I think it is important we all pray for our Religious freedom before it is too late. May God bless all of us.

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