“God demands
first of all heart,
and then the work.”

St. Vincent de Paul





Notes from The OPJCC Director

Prayer for Peace and Solidarity in a Time of Pandemic

Creator God, Free us from the illusion of invincibility, so that we might remember our actions affect others, especially the most vulnerable. Free us from the fear of scarcity, which leads to competition and hoarding. …

Women’s History Month

To close out Women’s History Month, here is a list of several women pioneers in health care …

Lenten Collection

During the liturgical season of Lent, we are asked to focus our efforts on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving by renewing our compassion for our sisters and brothers who experience hunger, homelessness, marginalization and exploitation.

Black History is American History

In the U.S., cultural heritage months strive to give communities of color the recognition they deserve. Months such as Native American Indian Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Irish American Heritage Month highlight the achievements they have made in the United States (U.S.) a country where they often faced, and continue to face, discrimination.

National Migration Week

Let us pray for and with our sisters and brothers who are forced to leave their homelands and for those who welcome them into a new land.

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is Dec. 21, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. It is a day to remember those who have died without stable housing, to reflect on the shocking inhumanity of homelessness, and to call for meaningful policy changes to ensure that no life is lived or lost in homelessness.

Looking at Justice From a Different Perspective

The Sisters of Charity (SC) have partnered with Aunt Flow, a women-founded enterprise that is committed to ensuring people have access to quality menstrual products while at work or school.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. To me, this definition describes modern day slavery. I believe that people in the United States don’t realize that human trafficking is happening in our own communities. There were 443 trafficking cases in 2018 – just in Ohio.

Contact Information for your U.S. Elected Officials

Federal Elected Officials

President – To contact the U.S. President online, click here.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Members of the U.S. Congress:

U.S. Senators – To find specific contact information, such as email addresses, for your U.S. Senators, click here.
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Switchboard: 202-224-3121

U.S. House of Representatives – To find specific contact information, such as an email address, for your U.S. Representative, click here.
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Switchboard: 202-224-3121

State Elected Officials

State Governors – To learn how to get in touch with your state governor, click here.
State Legislators – To find the names and current activities of your state legislators, click here.

Local Elected Officials

U.S. Mayors – To locate mayors by name, city, or population size, click here.
County Executives – To search on a map or by your zip code to find the head of the executive branch of government in your county, click here. (The county executive may be an elected or an appointed position.)
Other Local Government Officials – To find contact information for your city, county, and town officials in your state, click here.