Stories of Hope from Jail and Prison Ministry

Votive Candle Prayer Vigil

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 Immaculate Conception Church, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton, OH. We pray this evening of peaceful prayer will bring the light of Christ... Read more

Candlelight Prayer Vigil

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 the victims of crime, those facing execution and the abolishment of Ohio’s death penalty. Vigils... Read more

Votive Candle Prayer Vigil

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 p.m. at St. Peter Church, 60 South Mulberry Street, Mansfield, OH. We pray this evening of peaceful prayer will bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all... Read more

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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 Road, Findlay, OH. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. This event is open to anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for this Catholic Charities ministry. Topics to be discussed include:  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 peaceful prayer will bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life, as we pray for victims of crime and those facing execution.  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, OH. We pray this evening of peaceful prayer will bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life, as we pray for victims of crime and those facing execution.  Read more

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On Thursday, Oct. 16, Ohioans to Stop Executions hosted the “Voices of Experiences: The Death Penalty”  at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University.  The event was sponsored by Catholic Charities and was part of a series of Town Hall Forums to address the recommendations given by the Ohio Supreme Court Joint Task Force to increase the fairness and accuracy of the death penalty in Ohio. In 2007, Ohio was assessed as falling short in 93% of the American Bar Association (ABA) standards for a fair and accurate state death penalty system, according to   Read more

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In the town of Lima, you can’t help but look at the massive buildings that sit behind the snowy fields. Most of these buildings are state correctional facilities that have housed thousands of inmates over the years. The brick building, known as Allen Correctional Institution, is where Sue Bishop and her team of 40 volunteers go about four times a year to minister to the inmates behind these prison doors. “We want our inmates to... Read more

I’ve come simply to tell you that God loves you with an infinite love. – Pope Benedict XVI in a 2011 address to inmates of Rome’s Ribibbia prison Larry is a clean-cut Catholic with a warm smile, sincere eyes and true passion for his faith. He’s a lector at his parish and a former inmate of the Allen Correctional Institute. He spent 10 years, eight months and 26 days in prison. He’s been abandoned by some friends and family members. When he was incarcerated, he felt guilt and shame. He agonized over whether he could ever be accepted in his hometown when... Read more

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

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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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