Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) President Michael McLean is asking students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College to pray a novena for religious freedom, according to the College’s website.
The novena begins today, April 30, and will end on May 8—the day that the District of Columbia Circuit Court will hear the federal government’s appeal of TAC’s victory over the HHS mandate.
TAC previously received a permanent injunction from the HHS mandate because the College is self-insured, as was reported. However, in January, the government appealed the injunction granted to TAC.
The Novena for Religious Liberty, which will be recited after all Masses at the College during these nine days, reads:
Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus. We praise and bless You for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote this fundamental freedom. By your grace may we courageously defend religious liberty for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. In particular, we ask that you inspire the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to decide favorably in our case on May 8. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom You live and reign, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Thomas Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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