Catholic Charities Seeks Churches to Host Prayer Vigils for Life

After a three-year hiatus, Ohio resumed executions by lethal injection on July 26, 2017. Lethal injection court battles and the power of prayer staved off executions during that time period.

Beginning in January, 2017, people of all faiths across Northwest and West Central Ohio have gathered together to pray for the victims of crime, those facing execution and the abolishment of Ohio’s death penalty.

Candlelight Prayer Vigil

Vigils for Life have been held at St. Francis de Sales Chapel-Toledo, St. Paul the Apostle Church-Norwalk, St. Gerard Church-Lima, and Lourdes University Queen of Peace Chapel-Sylvania.

Catholic Charities Office for Life & Justice is looking for parishes throughout the Diocese of Toledo to host a vigil each month, including in May and monthly thereafter. Parishes interested in hosting a vigil should contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at 419.214.4958; or email

Thank you for considering, as we seek to build a culture of life through prayer and love of every human person!

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Catholic Charities makes real the love God has for each individual regardless of faith or background, by serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end, and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.

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