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.
PORT CLINTON—People of all faiths are invited to Immaculate Conception Parish in Port Clinton for an Hour of Prayer for Life on Tuesday, July 25, at approximately 5:45 p.m., immediately following Mass at 5 p.m. The prayer vigil, led by Fr. John C. Missler at... Read more
After a three-year hiatus, Ohio’s plans to resume executions by lethal injection are now pushed to July 26, 2017, due to lethal injection court battles and the power of prayer. Beginning in January, people of all faiths across Northwest and West Central Ohio have gathered together to pray for... Read more
MANSFIELD—People of all faiths are invited to St. Peter Catholic Church in Mansfield for a Prayer Vigil to Abolish Ohio's Death Penalty on Monday, June 26, beginning with Mass at 5:30 p.m. The 30-minute prayer vigil will immediately follow Mass at 6... Read more
Learn More about Our Jail And Prison Ministry
- Jail and Prison Ministry Support Groups
- Death Penalty Awareness
- How You Can Help Through Jail and Prison Ministry
- Stories of Hope from Jail and Prison Ministry
For more information about Jail and Prison Ministry, please contact Nick Lyster at 419-214-4958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.