Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 12:10 PM
The relics of two saints who exemplified courage and conviction in the face of persecution are coming to the Diocese of Winona. St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher were prominent 16th century Englishmen who stood against King Henry VIII's attempted supremacy over the Catholic Church, and accepted martyrdom instead of abandoning their faith. This fearless witness is especially compelling to American Catholics today, as we face threats to our religious liberty and rights of conscience.
Relics of the saints will be present at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester on Tuesday, June 28, starting with Mass at 12:10 PM, with Bishop John M. Quinn presiding. There will be time for veneration after Mass until 2:00 PM. The relics will also be traveling to St. Paul, Cloquet, Bemidji, St. Cloud, and New Ulm. The Strength of the Saints Relic Tour is being organized by the Minnnesota Catholic Conference, and is part of the broader Fortnight for Freedom, a call to fourteen days of prayer, education, and action for religious freedom in the United States and abroad.