News from the Catholic Conference of Ohio
State Budget HB 110
The conference continues to advocate for recommendations in the State Budget HB 110 covering issues related to health and human services, support for the Multi-System Youth Relinquishment Fund and OhioRISE, care for aging and senior care, and other supports for families and children who attend Catholic schools. On June 10, the Senate passed its version of the bill. It is currently in Conference Committee to reconcile the differences. Your advocacy is important during this crucial step.
Abolish Ohio's Death Penalty
Contact your State Senator: Urge support for SB 103
The Catholic Church has a long-standing history of opposition to the use of the death penalty. This opposition is ultimately rooted in mercy and is eminently pro-life. SB 103 will abolish the death penalty in Ohio. The bill is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Conference Says Goodbye to Two Long-time Staff
Carolyn Jurkowitz and Jim Tobin retiring after 34 years of Service. Carolyn Jurkowitz has served thirty-four years with the Catholic Conference of Ohio, fourteen as executive director. She started at the Conference as an Associate Director responsible for the Department of Education. Prior to this, she served ten years with the diocese of Columbus. Carolyn retires August 1, 2021. Jerry Freewalt, from the Columbus diocese, will take her place. Jim Tobin has also served thirty-four years at the Conference as the Associate Director for the Department of Social Concerns. Prior to this, he served eleven years with the diocese of Columbus. Jim retires on July 1, 2021. THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND FAITH-FILLED SERVICE! Read more.