Three mass shootings occurred in a seven-day span in the United States last week. One of them was in our own diocese, in Dayton, Ohio.

It was horrific news we awoke to on Sunday morning: Just one week following a mass shooting at a Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA, and less than 24 hours after a massacre at a WalMart in El Paso, TX, a lone gunman opened fire in the Oregon District in downtown Dayton, killing nine and injuring 27 others.

Bishop Breidenthal released the following statement via his Facebook account early Sunday:

“My heart is heavy this morning with the tragic shootings yesterday in El Paso and last night in Dayton. My prayers go out to the victims, their families, and the community. This is the second time in less than a year that a gunman has ruthlessly claimed lives in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Please join me in praying for an end to the epidemic of hate and violence that is sweeping our country.”


The bishop’s staff has been collecting information and resources around gun violence and making them available on the diocesan website at Information includes ways to contact your state and national representatives, links to events and vigils, ways to help the victims or get involved in gun-law lobbying, and other resources.

Most notably, an inter-denominational prayer vigil will be held at Christ Church, Dayton on Wednesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. Details can be found at A demonstration against violence in the city of Cincinnati will take place on Sunday, August 11 at 4 p.m. More information is available at

Staff members will continue to add information as it becomes available.


Julie Murray serves as Associate Director of Communications for the Diocese of Southern Ohio and editor of e-Connections. Connect with her at