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Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus

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Real Presence Real Future Eucharistic Gathering is August 27-28

This special event is part of the diocesan Real Presence, Real Future initiative and seeks to provide an opportunity of encounter with our Lord, engage Catholics as they reflect upon the real presence of Jesus Christ in their lives, and encourage them to share that presence within their circles of influence. Please pray for this event, RSVP, and spread the word! You will find details including the schedule, registration, promotional materials, etc. at

Breakfast with the Bishop - Catholic Social Services is September 10

Join Catholic Social Services for Breakfast with the Bishop on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 7 am – 9 am at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.  Keynote speaker is Fr. Michael Rozier, SJ, PhD, assistant professor of Saint Louis University. He will speak on the topic of Health, Poverty, and Human Dignity: Deepening our Moral Imagination. Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are available online at  Please contact Julie Naporano at with any questions.

News from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

USCCB Urges Advocacy Around Two Pressing Life Issues:


News from the Catholic Conference of Ohio

State Budget HB 110

State Passed Budget Very Good For Catholic School Students; Strengthens Focus on Children, Families and Persons in Need

Fall Legislative Session to Begin in September
Hearings Expected On:

Further Protecting Unborn Children: Human Life Protection Act (SB 123), Born Alive Infant Protection Act (SB 157), Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act (HB 378)

Ending Ohio's Death Penalty: (SB 103) (HB 183)

Developing New Legislative Voting Districts: (to be introduced)

Changes to Voting Procedures: (HB 294

Staff Changes

Jerry Freewalt, from the Diocese of Columbus, is starting as the new executive director of the Catholic Conference of Ohio effective August 1, 2021. We welcome Jerry!
Jerry replaces Carolyn Jurkowitz, who is retiring after serving the Conference for thirty-four years, fourteen as executive director. The Conference will miss her leadership, expertise, and friendship. Thank you Carolyn!
Jim Tobin served the Conference for thirty-four years and retired on July 1, 2021. Thank you, Jim, for your leadership at the the Statehouse representing the social concerns of our Church.
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Columbus, Ohio  43215
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