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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

Read More about Our Jail And Prison Ministry

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FINDLAY— Anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail and Prison Ministry is invited to attend this half-day educational session. The event will be held Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Activity Center, 750 Bright... Read more

Votive Candle Prayer Vigil

People of all faiths are invited to join Rev. Michael Sergi and the Northwest Ohio community for a Candlelight Vigil for Abolishment of Ohio's Death Penalty on Monday, March 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 W. Robb Avenue, Lima, OH. We pray this evening of... Read more

Votive Candle Prayer Vigil

People of all faiths are invited to join Msgr. Kenneth G. Morman and the Northwest Ohio community for a Candlelight Vigil for Abolishment of Ohio's Death Penalty on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk,... Read more

Learn More

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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