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Andrew Musgrave – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Dayton Office
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH  45409
Phone: (937) 281-4124

Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH  45365
Phone: 937-281-4125

Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH  45409


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Ethical Trade

Share the Gift of Solidarity



An international experience that helps foster growth in solidarity with artisans and farmers and their families around the world will open its doors Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UD’s River Campus, 1700 S. Patterson Blvd., across from the Carillon Tower.

Beautiful hand-crafted items for home and personal use, intricately-designed jewelry and scarves, brightly-colored baskets and home décor along with chocolate, gourmet foods, coffee and tea, are among the many items available at the sale.

Products are sourced from Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade, which brings Catholics closer to their faith through education, advocacy and access to ethically produced products of the highest standards. CRS’ vetting process employs the principles of the world’s leading fair trade organizations and goes a step further to ensure these companies’ business practices are not in conflict with Catholic social teaching.

As shoppers browse the sale, they will learn about the artisans and families who produce the products offered. The sale also connects shoppers with the mission-supporting efforts of religious sisters and a parish and with people who have resettled in the Dayton area.

Gift-giving will bless both family and friends as well as families around the world. Weavers of Justice, a collaborative of Dayton area parishes, coordinates the sale through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Catholic Social Action Office.

Throughout the day lively music gives shoppers an opportunity to watch performers share traditional dances from cultures around the world.

For more information call Sara Seligmann at 937-481-4124, ext. 5018 or email

For a flier click here.

 Interested in Ethical Fair Trade Sales?

Many parishes in the archdiocese sell Fair Trade Coffee and Tea after Mass and some parishes have made a commitment to only using Fair Trade Coffee at their parish functions. Now Catholic Relief Services partners with even more organizations through its ethical trade program, offering a variety of products.

To learn more about how to engage your parish contact the Catholic Social Action Office or organizations that partner with Catholic Relief Services. Click here for the CRS Ethical Trade Shopping Guide. CRS Ethical Trade is a global marketplace of fair trade, environmentally friendly and ethically produced products. CRS Ethical Trade partners have gone through a rigorous two-part vetting process. CRS Ethical Trade partners make a generous donation to the CRS Fair Trade Fund with every purchase.

CRS is the international relief and development agency of the US Catholic Church, helping people in need in over 110 countries around the world.


Meet our Archdiocese’s Catholic Fair Trade Ambassador – Deb Parker

Deb Parker

Deb Parker

Deb Parker, a parishioner at St. Lawrence, Rhine, Ohio, is the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Fair Trade Ambassador.

In 2013 she traveled to Seattle where she and two-dozen others from across the country learned more about Fair Trade and how to spread the word about Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade and its importance to global solidarity.

During her training weekend she had the opportunity to visit Poulsbo, WA and the facilities of CRS Fair Trade partner Grounds for Change, a family-owned-and-operated coffee roasting business located in the Pacific Northwest.

“I am really looking forward to expanding my knowledge about programs offered through CRS and letting others know how they can incorporate Fair Trade choices into their daily lives,” said Ms. Parker.

She organized the Petersburg Region Parishes’ first Fair Trade Sale in November 2012, which resulted in more than $3,700 in Fair Trade sales.

Deb Parker is the second Fair Trade Ambassador to serve the Archdiocese. Sunnie Lain of Immaculate Conception Parish in Dayton was the Archdiocese’s first Fair Trade Ambassador.

“CRS Fair Trade Ambassadors are committed to telling their friends, family, associates and even perfect strangers why Fair Trade is important and how they can participate in CRS Fair Trade programs,” said Erin Mackey of Catholic Relief Services.

“Being a Fair Trade Ambassador will give you access to information and insights, as well as strengthen your own networks and resources….deepen your personal spiritual journey, have some fun, and solidify commitments to each other and economic justice,” Ms. Mackey wrote in the announcement email to Ms. Parker.

Catholic Relief Services is the international relief and development agency of the US Catholic Church, helping people in need in over 90 countries around the world.

Ms. Parker is a founding member of the Petersburg Parishes’ Social Justice Commission.  The Petersburg Parishes include Rhine St. Lawrence, Wapakoneta St. Joseph, and Botkins Immaculate Conception parishes, whose pastor is Father Patrick Sloneker and parochial vicar is Father Dan Hunt.  Contact Ms. Parker at or by phone