Office of Peace and Justice

Office of Peace and Justice

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Office of Peace and Justice

Contact Information

R.J. Mangan, Director of Peace and Justice
144 West Wood St.
Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 744-8451 ext. 245

Office Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm, M – F

Services offered by the Office of Peace and Justice

  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Current Issues
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Legislation
  • Links to other resources
  • Social Advocacy
  • Social Justice
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Programs overseen by the Office of Peace and Justice

  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • CRS Rice Bowl
  • Prison Ministry


  • Guest Speaking.  The Director of Peace and Justice is available to come in to schools and other groups to speak on a variety of topics.

Please contact R.J. Mangan to inquire about a speaking engagement.


  • Our Mandate
    • To share a Catholic presence, and visit every Catholic incarcerated in institutions within our diocese.
    • To celebrate the sacraments.
    • To provide a welcoming and supportive setting for those returning from incarceration

Our Mission

To share the love and consolation of Jesus Christ to those incarcerated by bringing a living message of God’s love and forgiveness, and through our presence, prayers and communications offer a sense of trust and hope.

Our Scope

The Diocese of Youngstown covers six counties in Northeast Ohio: Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Stark, Portage, and Ashtabula. Institutional facilities include county jails, juvenile detention facilities. Prisons include Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP), Trumbull Correctional Institution (TCI) and Camp (TCC), Lake Erie Correctional Institution (LAECI) Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC), and Federal facilities FCI Elkton and FCC Elkton.

Inside Facility Programs:

Our programs vary depending on the facility. Typical programs include RCIA/Catechism classes, Catholic studies, Scripture readings and discussion, devotional prayer and rosary. In addition, we offer weekly communion services and Masses and Reconciliation, if possible. Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are available at several institutions. When possible we offer our programs and resources in both English and Spanish languages.

Support for returning citizens and their families: Saint Maximilian Kolbe Society (SMKS) provides spiritual support to returning citizens through a network of parish-based volunteers from throughout the diocese. We strive to be a loving, welcoming, inclusive community of believers, ministering to the formerly incarcerated and their families by bringing the message of God’s unconditional love and a sense of hope to those we serve. We will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, celebration of liturgies, reception of sacraments and, study of our Catholic faith, and Holy Scripture. This ministry is grounded in the Gospel and Catholic social teachings. The programs will include elements of Worship, Faith Sharing and Open Sharing.

If requested, we will share available contact information for reentry organizations that address secular needs (e.g. housing, jobs, and clothing).
General Reentry assistance is managed through Catholic Charities Regional Agency

For further information contact Coordinator for Prison Ministry at (330) 744-8451, ext. 327 or email

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