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Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus

I nformation and Response NETWORK 
Latest Updates

  • Bishop Brennan's Comments on George Floyd
  • Catholic Times article on Bishop Brennan
  • UPDATE: THIS JUST IN: Prayer Vigil for Racial Reconciliation June 6
  • Message from Pope Francis
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Upcoming Webinars on Racism and Disability
  • Resources: Catholic Ethnic Ministries Office
Come to the Prayer Vigil for Racial Reconciliation on Saturday, June 6, at 3 p.m. , St. Matthias Church, Columbus. * Bring chairs and masks.
Upcoming Webinars

Racism in Our Streets and Structures
A Test of Faith, A Crisis for Our Nation

Hosted by the Institute of Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University

Friday, June 5, 2020, 12 p.m.


  • Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington is the only African-American archbishop in the United States and is a past president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

  • Dr. Marcia Chatelain is a provost's distinguished associate professor of history and African-American studies and served as a member of the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation at Georgetown University. She is author of South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration (2015) and organizer of the #FergusonSyllabus.

  • Ralph McCloud is the director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops’ anti-poverty program. He has also served as the president of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators and served four terms on the Fort Worth City Council and three terms as mayor pro tempore.

  • Gloria Purvis is a host of the EWTN radio show Morning Glory. She is also a board member for the Northwest Pregnancy Center, a member of the National Black Catholic Congress’ Leadership Commission on Social Justice, and chairperson for Black Catholics United for Life.

John Carr , director of the Initiative, will moderate the conversation.
Wonderfully Made: Creation, Human Dignity, and the Gift of Vulnerability
Theology and Disability

Hosted by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability

Thursday, June 11, 2 p.m.

Miguel Romero, Th.D, assistant professor of Religious & Theological Studies at Salve Regina University (RI) and NCPD Board member.

Catholic Ethnic Ministries of the Diocese of Columbus promotes the rich diversity of the Catholic Church within the Diocese of Columbus. The office embraces the call to evangelization in support of the mission of the Diocese. Through collaboration and advocacy, they labor to heed Christ’s prayer “that they may all be one”. (Jn 17:21)
Sign up for the Ethnic Ministries mailing list   HERE
Or text "CEM" to 22828 to get updates from Catholic Ethnic Ministries.
Holy Hour in Response to Racism. Thank you to Holy Rosary & St. John Church, Columbus, for a beautiful Holy Hour on Tuesday, June 2, with prayer intentions offered up against the sin of racism and the healing of the nation.
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Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus
197 E. Gay Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
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