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Our Lady of Grace priest was keynote speaker at state event

from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Members of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church celebrated religious freedom June 24 at Freedom Fest in Columbia.
The Indian Land church chartered a bus for parishioners to attend the state event, which featured its priest, Father Jeffrey Kirby, as the keynote speaker.
Catholic Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston hosted the ecumenical event at Cardinal Newman School. The evening included live music, games for children, food trucks, speakers, a candlelight procession and people of varied faiths united in religious liberty.
“Religious liberty is the work of every American,” Guglielmone said in kicking off the night.
The evening was highlighted by Kirby’s speech. “Human beings were made to worship,” he said, “and if society doesn’t encourage the worship of God, then people will worship other things, such as government or their body.”
The state fest was part of the national Fortnight for Freedom called for by U.S. Catholic bishops.
“I’m here to promote your freedom and defend your rights,” S.C. Lt. Gov. Kevin L. Bryan, one of the speakers, told the crowd.
Religious freedom has recently been a front-runner in the conversation on how Americans can promote the common good. Signs of the movement in favor of religious liberty are starting to take effect in Washington, D.C. On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that religious institutions can be eligible to receive public funds.
To stay up-to-date on religious freedom issues, text the word “freedom” to 377377.
If you are interested in learning more about Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, visit www.gracewepray.org.