“We have to make
our occupations holy.
We do this by seeking
God in them.”

St. Vincent de Paul

 

 

OPJCC News

September Eco-Tips

The following weekly Eco-Tips are provided by Susan Vogt (www.SusanVogt.net). Caring for creation transcends religions and is indeed a universal undertaking. It cannot be done alone.

#NoDeathPenaltyOH Virtual Training Series

In July the #NoDeathPenaltyOH coalition launched a Virtual Training series. This five-month training series is on the fourth Tuesday of every month and will focus on key grassroots organizing skills needed for the anti-death penalty campaign. There will be two opportunities to attend each training, noon and 6 p.m.

August Eco-Tips

The following weekly Eco-Tips are provided by Susan Vogt (www.SusanVogt.net). Caring for creation transcends religions and is indeed a universal undertaking. It cannot be done alone.

Day of Hope

Death Penalty Ohio is hosting an upcoming event, entitled Day of Hope, with the purpose of demonstrating the hope that the death penalty will be abolished in Ohio. It is also a time to honor all those who have been impacted by Ohio’s death penalty.

July Eco-Tips

The following weekly Eco-Tips are provided by Susan Vogt (www.SusanVogt.net). Caring for creation transcends religions and is indeed a universal undertaking. It cannot be done alone.

June Eco-Tips

The following weekly Eco-Tips are provided by Susan Vogt (www.SusanVogt.net). Caring for creation transcends religions and is indeed a universal undertaking. It cannot be done alone.

Healing and Renewing of Our Common Home

Scientists from around the world are telling us that our planet is in great peril. A previous blog cited the most recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This report cited that “Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system.

Reflections from IJPC’s First S. Louise Akers Fellow, Naiomi Gonzalez

In honor of S. Louise Akers, one of the founders of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) and its first director, IJPC created a fellowship program to continue her legacy of peace and justice work in our region, named the IJPC S. Louise Akers Fellowship through Mercy Volunteer Corps.

February is Black History Month

February 1 marked the beginning of Black History Month, a time of acknowledgement, of reflection, and inspiration. In a statement from the White House President Biden affirmed, “National Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of America — our faults, our struggles, our progress, and our aspirations.

World Day of Peace

Every Jan. 1, Catholics are urged to reflect on the important work of building peace. To begin the New Year, let us pray the Peacemakers’ Prayer, adapted by Fr. John Dear.

World Day of Peace

Every Jan. 1, Catholics are urged to reflect on the important work of building peace. To begin the New Year, let us pray the Peacemakers’ Prayer, adapted by Fr. John Dear.

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

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

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 2, 2021 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, sex trafficking, child soldering and organ trafficking.

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. The month is a time to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants and their descendants, of what is now the United States.

Care for Earth

As many of you know, we are one of 14 congregations of women religious that make up the Sisters of Charity Federation of North America (Federation). The mission of the Federation is to continue the original values of Saints Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Abolition of the Death Penalty

Starting Oct. 8 and ending Oct. 17, 2021, faith communities across Ohio are joining together to call for the abolition of the death penalty.

International Day of Peace (Peace Day)

September 21 is the International Day of Peace (Peace Day). The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Celebrate the “Season of Creation”

Celebrate the “Season of Creation” following the example of other Christian denominations and the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines.

World Humanitarian Day

On Aug. 19, 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 22 humanitarian aid workers, including the United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30, 2021 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. According to the United Nations, every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.

Nelson Mandela International Day

July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African president’s contribution to a culture of peace and freedom. It is a global call to action for citizens of the world to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good.

Fourth of July Prayer

Merciful Creator, as we observe Independence Day receive our prayers for our nation, our public officials and all those who dwell here.

Categories of Forcibly Displaced Persons

According to the United Nations, every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. There are several categories of forcibly displaced persons.

World Day Against Child Labor

June 12 is World Day Against Child Labor. The International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency, defines child labor as work that deprives children and adolescents of their childhood, their education or training, their potential, their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.

International Day for Biological Diversity

The United Nations’ International Day for Biological Diversity is May 22. Biodiversity refers to the variety of living species on Earth, including plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi. It allows agricultural systems to
overcome environmental shocks, climate change and pandemics.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development. The day provides an opportunity to help individuals and communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony. It was adopted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Earth Day is April 22

For many countries, “Mother Earth” is a common expression for our planet and its biosphere as the giver and sustainer of life. It reflects the interdependence that exists among all creation, human and nonhuman.

National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month, and this year the National Women’s History Project is honoring the important roles of multicultural suffragists and voting rights activists who have shaped U.S. history. Each of these richly diverse women succeeded against great odds.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. The Catholic Church proclaims that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. …

International Women’s Day

Every year the United Nations (UN) pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirms its commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group targeted violence. One-hundred eighty-nine governments participated in writing and signing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995, and according to UN Women, it is the “most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights.

World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice is Feb. 20, 2021. The United Nations states, “We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.”

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Keeping in mind that the Sisters of Charity made a Congregational Stand to abolish human trafficking in October 2015, and the Associates supported that Stand, consider making a personal commitment in 2021 to take action to end human trafficking.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Today, Jan. 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and begins a month-long effort to raise awareness and bring an end to human trafficking. In October 2015 the Sisters of Charity made a Congregational Stand to abolish human trafficking, and the Associates supported that Stand. …

World Day of Peace

In reverence of the World Day of Peace on January 1, 2021, the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops has offered the following abbreviated prayer for us…

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is Dec. 21. It is a day to remember our sisters and brothers who have died without secure housing and to commit to work for changes in our communities so that no others will die without a home.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 2, 2020 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, sex trafficking, child soldering and organ trafficking.

Day Against Violence Toward Women

Since 1981, activists have marked Nov. 25 as a day against violence toward women. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of three Mirabal Sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

World Food Day

In 1945 the United Nations recognized food as not a privilege, but a right. World Food Day, Oct. 16, is a day of observance to draw attention to the plight of those who experience hunger.

Ensure Your Vote is Counted

Here are several scenarios you may wish to explore to ensure your vote is counted. Pass this information on to family, friends, and young people you may know.

International Day of Peace

September 21 is the International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. It is a day of nonviolence and ceasefire.

Women’s Equality Day

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day. The date was selected to commemorate the certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting U.S. women the right to vote in 1920.

2020 Lenten Collection

Do you remember the 2020 Lenten Collection for our sisters and brothers experiencing homelessness? Despite having been abruptly cut short due to COVID-19, there is a happy ending!

World Day Against Child Labor

June 12, 2020 is World Day Against Child Labor. The International Labor Organization (ILO) defines child labor as work that deprives children and adolescents of their childhood, their education or training, their potential, their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. …

Water With Blessings

Many of you may remember donating water filtration systems to women in countries who had no access to clean water. Water With Blessings (WWB) is the nonprofit co-founded by S. Larraine Lauter, OSU that was, and still is, responsible for this outreach. …

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day began as a call to action to improve the lives of families through health and peace. …

April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day

The first Earth Day in 1970 is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. Every year on April 22, citizens of the world rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to care for our common home. …

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.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is Nov. 25. Living free from violence is a human right, yet millions of women and girls suffer disproportionately from violence both in peace and in war, at the hands of their countries, in their homes, and their communities.

Native American Heritage Month

The month is a time to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants, and their descendants, of what is now the United States.

World Food Day

In 2018, an estimated 11.1 percent of United States households were food insecure at least some time during the year, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching has been articulated through a rich tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. In the first of seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching, the Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.

International Day of Peace

September 21 is the International Day of Peace (Peace Day). The United Nations General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. It is a day of non-violence and ceasefire.

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation – human and nonhuman. It is celebrated globally by Christians of all traditions.

Special Days in August

Toward the end of August, there are two special days you might wish to observe with prayer and reflection, World Humanitarian Day and Women’s Equality Day.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30, 2019 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. According to the United Nations, every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.

Fourth of July Prayer

Merciful Creator, as we observe Independence Day receive our prayers for our nation, our public officials and all those who dwell here.

Several Types of Forcibly Displaced Persons

War, human rights violations, underdevelopment, climate change and natural disasters are influencing more people to leave their homes than at any time since reliable data has been collected. There are several types of forcibly displaced persons.

World Day Against Child Labor

The International Labor Organization defines child labor as work that deprives children and adolescents of their childhood, their education or training, their potential, their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.

Global Trade Is Not Inherently Bad

Global trade is not inherently bad. However, it often focuses on efficiency at all costs, lower prices, and little consideration for social, economic and environmental impacts. Large-scale consolidation of power in supply chains has resulted in fewer options for consumers, farmers and workers, and unprecedented wealth controlled by few.

Human Trafficking Occurs Every Day

Human trafficking occurs every day and across the United States. Sex trafficking is a common form. In simple terms, it is modern day slavery, where people profit and control the sexual exploitation of others. There are roughly 3,000 sex trafficking cases per year. Even with that number, we should not live in fear; we just need to stay alert, aware and informed.

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day (Tuesday, April 2, 2019) symbolizes the approximate day the typical U.S. woman must work into the new year to make what the typical U.S. man made at the end of the previous year. because women earn less on average than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay.

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.

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Sharing Our Love of the Earth

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform invites us to become a community of participatory action and advocacy, for the Earth and the poor. Did you know that the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have 14 people from other countries working at Mother Margaret Hall? In order to learn more about them, the countries they come from and how climate change is affecting their home countries, Sisters Jean Miller and Mary Ann Humbert are interviewing them. In this video we hear from Felicia, originally from Nigeria.