Justice + Peace Ministry






Mission Statement

The mission of the Justice & Peace Ministry is:

Energizing people to actively pursue the protection of all life, justice, and peace

Identifying and responding to areas of justice and peace in our community

Promoting programs that encourage prayer, education, pastoral care and advocacy in light of Catholic Social Teaching

Coming Events

Thomas House Drive   

February 24th and 25th

The Justice and Peace Ministry will be holding an event on February 24th and 25th to raise support for Thomas House.  Thomas House provides transitional housing to homeless families, along with services designed to move them into permanent housing after a few months.  The apartment is provided by Thomas House, but the families need all the typical items you would need if you were moving in such as:  pots and pans, dishes, cups, utensils, dish towels, toasters, and trash cans for the kitchen; towels for the bathrooms, rugs, shower curtains, shower liners, shower curtain rods and hooks, as well as trash cans;  full and twin-sized sheets and blankets, mattress pads, and full and twin-sized blankets for the bedrooms, along with picture frames.   

We would greatly appreciate any new or gently used houseware items you would be willing to donate.  You can bring them to church on the day of the drive, or drop them off at the Parish Center before then.  If you have any questions, or need your items picked up, please contact Cynthia Lee at (714) 846-2908.  Thank you for caring and your support.  

Help Build a Habitat for Humanity Home

Date: TBD

A “Catholic Coalition” of parishes in the Orange Diocese is going to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a homeless veteran family in Tustin.  Work will start soon, and the home will take about a year to construct.  Saint Bonaventure is going to pick a day or two to provide volunteers, and you are invited to join us.  It should be fun to spend a day working together while at the same time helping a needy family get into a home. 

 You don’t have to have construction skills to work on the site (the Habitat team provides training and supervision), but you do have to be willing to work 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM on the day we pick (with your input). Volunteers must sign a waiver and must be 18 to work unsupervised.  Teens 16-18 can work if a guardian is on site, who can supervise multiple teens. Younger kids can be part of a family “lunch bunch” crew bringing lunch for the workers, which is really helpful.  Families can also sign up to build playhouses off-site.

If you would like to be involved with this effort in some way, please contact Deacon Joe Sullivan at 714-842-9707 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Let us know how you would like to participate, and thank you for caring!

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching emerges from the truth of what God has revealed to us about Himself. We believe in the triune God whose very nature is communal and social. Therefore, we who are made in God’s image share this communal, social nature. As social beings, we long for relationship, to know and love each other as God intends. We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice. The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Based on the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, modern Catholic Social Teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents over the last 120 years. These teachings lay out what is necessary to live a dignified human life in today’s world, and our joint responsibility to each other to make that happen.

Through Catholic Social Teaching, the Church describes what a just society looks like, said Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est, but it is up to the lay faithful – working within their political system – to create that society. Documents at the US Catholic Bishops’ website describe seven principal themes of Catholic Social Teaching:

  1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  6. Solidarity (with people all around the world)
  7. Care for God’s Creation

There are also other important principles to be applied such as Subsidiarity, but we will primarily focus on these seven themes. To learn more about each of the themes listed above, simply click on the different links above. For more information, or if you have questions, please call Deacon Joe Sullivan at 714-842-9707.

For additional info, check out the California Catholic Bishops’ website at:

You should also check out the material on the US Bishops’ website at:

For the full Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church on the Vatican website, go to:

 Please contact Deacon Joe Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or comments.