"Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things — to love and to be loved." ~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Respect Life

Catholic Charities works to create an awareness of the dignity of human life through supporting parish Respect Life groups, providing presentations on Respect Life issues, and publishing a bi-weekly Respect Life e-newsletter with local and national news and events.  Staff also provide training to those interested in sidewalk ministry to women outside abortion clinics.

A number of parishes have Respect Life groups that meet regularly to pray, discuss pro-life issues and plan local events. To find a group or start one at your parish, please contact Respect Life Coordinator Peter Range at 419-214-4933 or prange@toledodiocese.org. For upcoming events in the Diocese, please visit the event calendar.


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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

Respect Life Opportunities in the Diocese of Toledo

Rachel Post-Abortion Healing

For information about Project Rachel, a post-abortion healing ministry, please contact Project Rachel Coordinator Clarissa Lapinski at 419-583-6817 or clapinski@toledodiocese.org.

Prayer Vigils and Sidewalk Counseling

The Respect Life Office coordinates monthly prayer vigils and on-going sidewalk counseling in front of the Toledo abortion clinic.  For more information or to become involved, please contact Respect Life Coordinator Peter Range at 419-244-6711, ext. 220 or prange@toledodiocese.org.


Local Assistance for Pregnant Women

Pro-Life Websites

Respect Life Coordinator

Peter Range graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Master’s in Theology degree and a focus in Biblical Studies in 2009 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from John Carroll University in 2004. His ministries include serving immigrants and migrant families in Florida, inner-city youth in Cleveland, university students in Bowling Green, Ohio, and the homeless in Cleveland and Toledo. Peter’s passion for defending the dignity of the human person was inspired by watching his mother lovingly care for his father who has been paralyzed from the neck down for many years. The fifth of six children, Peter is passionate about family, service and encountering the one true God, Jesus Christ.


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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