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Media Advisory: Mother Provincial to Speak after Little Sisters of the Poor Hearing December 8th Sr. Loraine will comment publicly for the first time on their fight for religious freedom

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

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Washington, D.C.  The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral argument for December 8th in the highly anticipated case Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwellinvolving the government’s effort to force an order of Catholic nuns to violate their religious conscience or pay massive IRS penalties (see video). The Little Sisters of the Poor are joined by over 400 ministries in this class-action lawsuit against the HHS Mandate. For the first time since the case began, Mother Provincial Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire will give a statement immediately following the hearing.

Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel of Becket and Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor

Oral Argument in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

December 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Byron White United States Courthouse 1823 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80257

Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, will give a statement immediately after the hearing, and Becket attorneys will be available for additional comment.

For more information or to arrange an interview with an attorney, please contact Melinda Skea at or 202.349.7224.


Becket is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. For over 20 years, it has defended clients of all faiths, includingBuddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians. Its recent cases include two major Supreme Court victories: the landmark ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and the 9-0 ruling in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, which The Wall Street Journal called one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”