Teresa Phillips
Director of Office of Justice Peace and Care for Creation

July Update


This week, I offer the Holy Father’s July Intention for prayer. July

- For the Elderly - We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility. See his video.


This Friday, July 29, at 1:45, The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy at St Thomas University is holding an event featuring three former and current Council Chairs and a Member of the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking: Harold D’Souza, Bella Hounakey, Robert R. Lung, and Suleman Masood. The presentation is titled: Identifying Gaps in Policies and Services; Developing “Intentional” Solutions. You can register for the livestream of this event here.

Saturday July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The goal to raise awareness of human trafficking and call governments, organizations and people to fight human trafficking. Human trafficking mostly affects women and children, forcing them into service and sexual labor. This year’s theme is “Use and abuse of Technology”, which focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can enable and impede human trafficking. Talitha Kum is working against Human Trafficking. Learn more.


Take Actions with us:

Do you have concerns about voting rights in our current reality? Would you like to volunteer to help protect voting rights for all? The Ohio Voter Rights Coalition and the League of Women Voters or Ohio are looking for volunteers. Many opportunities are available, some you can do without leaving home. There are many reasons to be concerned about the ability of people to vote. You can help ensure access to the polls for many.

The USCCB is calling on Catholics to contact their elected officials and demand action to address gun violence. LCWR has released a statement as well. You can sign a letter to your elected officials through the USCCB website. I encourage you to add a personal statement to your letter where the form allows. 

There have been 212 mass shootings so far in 2022, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. If you would like to find advocacy opportunities, please visit Moms Demand Action / Everytown for Gun Safety.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) just proposed a groundbreaking rule that all publicly traded companies measure and disclose greenhouse gas emissions in a standardized way for the first time. This is a big deal. You can take action by sending support to the SEC for this rule.

The USCCB has issued an action alert on climate legislation. They are asking American Catholics to sign this petition to legislators to enact pending bills concerning fossilfuel emissions

Join us in prayer for the increasing numbers of people finding it difficult to feed their families. The Jesuits have several prayers to choose from HERE.

Consider contact your elected officials to request the increase of the refugee admission goal for FY 2023. More info at Church World Service's website.

Join NETWORK to ask Congress to expand and extend the Child Tax Credit. Send a note through NETWORK's website.

Would you join Amnesty International’s call to President Biden? We watch the horror unfolding in Ukraine and we support President Biden’s plan to accept Ukrainian refugees. Join the call HERE.

Join the Laudato Si' Climate Action Platforms. More info HERE

Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio’s Refugee Resettlement Program will help at least 50 Afghans settle in the area over the next few months. CCSWO needs volunteers and donations of money and household items. Click here for more info.

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