12 17 Catholic Bishops Now Speaking at Rallies

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm)

12 bishops appearing at RalliesWith the Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom now only a week away, 12 17 Catholic bishops are signed on to speak at various Rallies across the country, with more sending letters, messages or their Apostolic Blessing.

We’re so excited to have the support of these brave twelve fifteen and we’re eager for more of their brother bishops to join the effort, too.

The Catholic bishops are the ones who called for resistance to the President’s Mandate and it’s great to see them supporting our response.

Here’s the list of bishops attending Rallies so far:

  • Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, S.T.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham
  • Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland
  • Most Rev. Cirilo Flores, Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego
  • Most Rev. Thomas Doran, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford
  • Most Rev. Kenneth Steiner, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Portland
  • Most Rev. John Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona
  • Most Rev. John Kudrick, Bishop of the Eparchy of Parma
  • Most Rev. David Choby, Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville
  • Most Rev. John Yanta, Bishop Emeritus of Amarillo Diocese
  • Most Rev. Robert Morlino, Bishop of the Diocese of Madison
  • Most Rev. Leonard Blair, Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo
  • Most Rev. Joseph Latino, Bishop of the Diocese of Jackson
  • Most Rev. Peter Jugis, Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte
  • Most Rev. Luis Zarama, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta
  • Most Rev. Michael Byrnes, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Detroit
  • Most Rev. Mitchell Rozanski, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Baltimore
  • Most Rev. Randolph Calvo, Bishop of the Diocese of Reno

If your bishop isn’t on the list, why not ask if he’ll join or offer support to your local Rally?

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63 Responses to “12 17 Catholic Bishops Now Speaking at Rallies”

  1. Susie Allen says:

    Bishop Choby of Nashville was the first one to say yes I will come to the rally and speak. Thank you Bishop for your stand for the sanctity of human life. Others soon wanted to be on the platform when they heard Bishop Choby was coming.

    March 16th, 2012 at 6:56 pm
  2. Allen P. J. Maillet says:

    Boston, Massachusetts?

    March 16th, 2012 at 10:39 pm
  3. limapie says:

    Thanx Matt angels do live on earth
    Thanx to the bishops, too

    March 16th, 2012 at 10:57 pm
  4. Sandra says:

    Archbishop Wilton Gregory….where are you? Atlanta loves you!

    March 16th, 2012 at 11:15 pm
  5. Peggy says:

    Figures that ours makes the unlucky number – Bishop Rozanski, auxiliary for Baltimore. 🙂

    March 16th, 2012 at 11:18 pm
  6. Susan Gallen says:

    Where is our new goodguy here in Philly, Chaput?

    March 17th, 2012 at 12:19 am
  7. Lisaamrie Beiter says:

    Archbishop Chaput had a previous engagement that day, but we have heard he will be speaking about the Rally on Dom Giordano’s radio show the morning of the 23rd. We are so lucky to have him in Phila!

    March 17th, 2012 at 7:04 am
  8. Stanley Lasota says:

    From Tuscon and Phoenix

    Bishop Kikanis and Bishop Olmstead we are ready
    for this battle and need your leadership. With Christ
    in you leading we will overcome this evil.

    March 17th, 2012 at 9:49 am
  9. Terese Rachor Beste says:

    Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing, Michigan will be sending a statement that designated spokesperson will read at all the rallies in his Diocese.

    March 17th, 2012 at 11:59 am
  10. Natalie says:

    Bishop Ochoa of the Fresno Diocese, will you speak for us?

    March 17th, 2012 at 12:11 pm
  11. Ann Swaziek says:

    To Phoenix Rally:
    “Be assured of my prayers and of my Apostolic Blessing.” wrote Bishop E. Nevares.

    March 17th, 2012 at 1:02 pm
  12. Tony Caruso says:

    If Cardinal George cannot attend, then Bishop Perry Please come!

    March 17th, 2012 at 2:55 pm
  13. Brigitte Hart says:

    Dear Bishops,

    Thank you for uniting and defending our religious liberities. Please see that each parish priest expresses your views regarding our religious freedom whether it is convenient to their respective parishoners or not. We must be one voice and we must not allow our public faith to be denied or silenced or intimidated by a vocal minority. Let our voices be one and let it be loud and clear.

    You are all in my prayers daily.
    God bless you and keep you all safe.

    March 17th, 2012 at 3:16 pm
  14. IWC says:

    We are very grateful for Bishop Cordileone’s leadership in Oakland. Thank you!

    March 17th, 2012 at 3:18 pm
  15. Joan L. Roccasalvo says:

    Is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts not participating the the US rallies on March 23?

    March 17th, 2012 at 7:47 pm
  16. Laurie says:

    Bishop Lucus of the Diocese of Omaha is a ‘super’man of God and I’m sure if he can be there he will. Bless you Bishop Lucas

    March 17th, 2012 at 7:50 pm
  17. Theresa Hofer says:

    Auxiliary Bishop Michael Byrnes of the Archdiocese of Detroit isn’t listed, but he’s been down to attend the Detroit Rally from the very beginning.

    March 17th, 2012 at 8:07 pm
  18. carol gibson says:

    Where’s Richmond? Why aren’t we represented? Churches and Bishop.

    March 17th, 2012 at 9:12 pm
  19. Sister Rita D'Souza says:

    Bishop Yanta, I am so proud of you and inspired by your courage and unfailing dedication to shepherding the people of God. God bless you!

    March 17th, 2012 at 9:31 pm
  20. Muriel C. Lacroix says:

    Where are the bishops/Cardinal of Boston? We are ready to support you.

    March 18th, 2012 at 10:05 am
  21. Margaret James says:

    Archbishop Wilton Gregory: We look to you for leadership. Please come stand with us.

    March 18th, 2012 at 10:47 am
  22. Patricia McCoy says:

    Were do the Bishops in Seattle stand on Religious Freedom??.

    March 18th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
  23. Anne Bzorek says:

    We pray for all Bishops and priests to be part of this movement to protect our Religious Freedoms…Bishop Soto we hope and pray especially for you leading our diocese to unite against evil in Jesus Name!

    March 18th, 2012 at 4:59 pm
  24. Tony Raia says:

    Dear Bishop DiLorenzo, Please lead the rally in Norfolk on Friday. Thank you. Tony Raia

    March 18th, 2012 at 8:00 pm
  25. Roger Hane says:

    If the bishops want to do this much politicking, then maybe it’s time to revoke the Catholic Church’s tax exempt status.

    March 18th, 2012 at 10:31 pm
  26. rosemary says:

    We need to pray for all our priests and bishops for perserverance in this fight.

    March 18th, 2012 at 10:32 pm
  27. LoveGodAndAsHeLoved says:

    Thank you, Bishop Morlino, and all Bishops! God bless you! We love you!
    Please take a few minutes to read Fr. John Hardon article in which he says we HAVE pro-life Bishops, so we need to train LAY pro-life leaders.

    March 19th, 2012 at 10:29 am
  28. Kevin Miller says:

    Cardinal O’Malley! Bishops of Boston! Please come to the Rally in Boston!

    March 19th, 2012 at 10:32 am
  29. LoveGodAndAsHeLoved says:

    Fr. John Hardon article:

    March 19th, 2012 at 10:34 am
  30. Mary Ellen Van Dyke says:

    Bishop Charles C. Thompson of the Evansville, Indiana Diocese will attend and give the opening prayer for the rally that will be held in Evansville, Indiana.

    March 19th, 2012 at 11:08 am
  31. Homer says:

    I haven’t heard anything at all about our Bishop here in Richmond, Virginia. I hope he plans to attend one of the rallies in the state. I was alarmed that no rally was listed for Richmond and was told there was a listing but was taken off. I enlisted a friend to help me get something going here in Richmond. If you are from Richmond, contact your church and try to get them invloved and be on the look out( check rally listings) and stay tuned, we might have something soon!!
    Saint Joseph, pray for us!

    March 19th, 2012 at 12:42 pm
  32. Dan T. Streeter Sr says:

    Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles please join the list of speakers. As the Ordinary of the largest Catholic diocese in the country, that would really make an impact. The California political establishment, and the ultra pro-abortion Los Angeles Times don’t take the Catholic Church very seriously.
    Your appearance at the rally would help convince them that the anger of Catholics and people of faith at the HHS mandate is very real.

    March 19th, 2012 at 8:46 pm
  33. MaryAnn Vought says:

    As a life-long Lutheran, I am supporting the Catholics on this one and will attend the rally in Allentown, PA. We have to stand together for religious freedom in our great country.

    March 20th, 2012 at 9:20 am
  34. Sheri Hanson says:

    Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, ND has a prior committment, but he has written a statement, which will be read at the rally. He is an outstanding Bishop and supportive of doing the rally from the get-go. ND’s other Bishop, Samuel Aquila of the Fargo diocese, is sending a representative to Bismarck to read his statement since he is unable to attend. I am very proud of Bishop Aquila, not only for writing a statement, but to actually send someone 200 miles to read it on his behalf!

    ND is blessed to have these 2 holy men as our Bishops!

    March 20th, 2012 at 12:53 pm
  35. mary says:

    why not Boston!! ??

    March 20th, 2012 at 1:02 pm
  36. Stella davis says:

    Bishop Farrell or Bishop Vann, where r u?

    March 20th, 2012 at 1:21 pm
  37. Sheri Hanson says:

    One clarification to my previous post — it has not been finalized whether or not a representative from Fargo will attend, BUT Bishop Aquila’s statement will be read at the rally.

    March 20th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
  38. Elaine says:

    What about Ct with Arch Bp Mansell?

    March 20th, 2012 at 4:04 pm
  39. Ed says:

    Only 15 bishops out of the 153 diocesan bishops active in the USA.

    Not a very good showing

    March 20th, 2012 at 4:06 pm
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    March 20th, 2012 at 6:15 pm
  41. ephriam wyatt says:

    I have no money, what I do have, I will freely share. go to This is who we are & the message we bring.

    March 20th, 2012 at 10:30 pm
  42. Gwen Linde says:

    Bishop Randolph Calvo of Reno Nevada will give the invocation for the rally in Reno.

    March 20th, 2012 at 11:15 pm
  43. MaggieMcC says:

    Archbishop Aymond, where will you be? Please don’t fail us!

    March 20th, 2012 at 11:23 pm
  44. MaggieMcC says:

    New Orleans is a Catholic city and we need our bishop to stand, as our revered archbishop Hannon will surely have done!

    March 20th, 2012 at 11:24 pm
  45. MaggieMcC says:

    Please be there, Archbishop Aymond and our two retired ABs as our revered archbishop Hannon will surely have done!

    March 20th, 2012 at 11:29 pm
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    March 21st, 2012 at 8:31 am
  47. Patricia Flynn says:

    Bishop Lennon and/or Bishop Gries please stand with us for Cleveland.Thank you Mary Ann Vought for standing with us.

    March 21st, 2012 at 8:46 am
  48. Joanne Ball says:

    I would ask that more of our “Shepherds of the Faith” to please join this notable event. If previous commitments prevent you from doing so, please send a suitable representative from your Diocese’s office. Thank you in advance for your participation.

    March 21st, 2012 at 1:36 pm
  49. Bea J Dalby says:

    Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, I do not see your name, please join these other bishops and archbishops who are standing up and speaking/supporting this rally.

    March 21st, 2012 at 2:31 pm
  50. florence kelly says:

    I read that the rally in Boston is cancelled; I would go to Providence,RI or Concord,NH but it just costs too much in gas. I am so very disappointed because I intended to take train into Boston on Friay.

    March 21st, 2012 at 2:46 pm
  51. Gene Erquiaga says:

    Frank Dewane, bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida will speak at the rally in Sarasota. Make it 18!!!

    March 21st, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  52. Soljerblue says:

    This issue touches all denominations, all religions. You have much support among non-Catholics. I plan to attend the Birmingham rally, and hope to see my own pastor there. God bless you all. In his letter to the church at Galatia(Gal. 5:1), Paul wrote: “Stand fast in the liberty where with Christ hath made you free, and be not entangled with the yoke of bondage.” Spiritual freedom is the core of the message, but it is key. Without spiritual freedom there can be no other.

    March 21st, 2012 at 7:15 pm
  53. Mary L Smith says:

    Thank you to all of the non-Catholics who are in support, especially Mary Ann Vought. I don’t see Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg Diocese on that list. Please, Bishop McFadden, come and help us help you support freedom of all religion, and freedom of conscience! If Jesus is with us, who can be against us?

    March 21st, 2012 at 8:41 pm
  54. florence kelly says:

    Correction please: The Rally in Boston is scheduled for the Boston Common at noon this Friday, March 23. It was scheduled for JFK bldg., but that changed to the The Common at noon. Sorry for previous email – got new info.

    March 22nd, 2012 at 4:20 am
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  56. Mark Joseph Hogan says:

    Where are the fine Bishops fom the midwest, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas? Every state needs to be represented and it should be high on the agenda especially our newly appointed Cardinals, too! May God Bless all supporting the unborn!

    March 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 am
  57. Michael says:

    An interfaith novena? Really? Now it is doomed to fail.

    March 22nd, 2012 at 10:01 am
  58. Tanya Watterud says:

    Msgr. Joseph Goering, Vicar General for the Diocese of Fargo, will be present at the Rally in Bismarck to read Bishop Samuel Aquila’s letter. In addition, a Rosary Walk is planned for Fargo, to give support to those at the Bismarck rally. More information can be found at

    March 22nd, 2012 at 1:44 pm
  59. noemi cardenas says:

    Bishop Dimarzio where are you

    March 22nd, 2012 at 1:48 pm
  60. Fernando says:

    Pray the Rosary for your intentions,and may St. James the Apostle assit you in battle.

    March 22nd, 2012 at 8:44 pm
  61. Fernando says:

    Pray the Rosary for your intentions,and may St. James the Apostle assist you in battle.

    March 22nd, 2012 at 8:51 pm
  62. bernadette says:

    I live in Phoenix and I pray Bishop Olmstead will attend the rally…he has been a true leader in the pro-life movement. We need him at this Friday rally downtown! His presence will give strength to the Cause. God bless everyone attending….we need to take a stand against the government’s intrusive actions.

    March 23rd, 2012 at 2:48 am
  63. Emilia says:

    Am I the only person raised Catholic who finds this alarming? How can the Church maintain a tax exempt status when Bishops attend political rallies? You might call it something different, but it is a political rally. And, I do not appreciate my bishop taking a stand on any law. I happen to disagree with Church on this issue and resent feeling as if I am going against the Church.

    March 28th, 2012 at 1:38 pm