Jail and Prison Ministry

Catholic Charities oversees Diocesan efforts to provide jail and prison ministry in various settings. Staff provide training for volunteers who serve at state prisons in Toledo, Lima, and Mansfield; at county jails; and at treatment centers in the criminal justice system.

The ministry includes worship services, retreats, Scripture study, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and pastoral counseling.  Ministry services vary depending on the facility.  Volunteers also participate in “share the journey” support for families of the incarcerated, support for re-entry into society, Citizen Circles, victim awareness, prayer vigils before state executions, and advocacy for opposition to the death penalty.

Catholic Charities provides ongoing events to raise awareness of the ministry and opportunities to become involved.  The agency also hosts an annual gathering to affirm and inform current volunteers.

Upcoming Events

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TOLEDO, OH—Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is hosting the ecumenical 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign in Northwest Ohio through Sunday, March 25, 2018. You can participate in the 40 Days For... Read more

Bishop Thomas Leading Procession

TOLEDO, OH—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for a Mass to celebrate the dignity of life! The 9 a.m. Mass, on Saturday, Oct. 14, will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH. Following the Mass, Bishop Thomas will lead a Eucharisti Read more

Candlelight Prayer Vigil

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... Read more

Learn More about Our Jail And Prison Ministry

For more information about Jail and Prison Ministry, please contact Nick Lyster at 419-214-4958 or email nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

"For I was in prison and you visited me." ~ Matthew 25:36

Our Mission

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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