Trinity's Peace and Justice Ministry earned the 2009 Parish Justice
Award, given by the Office of Justice and Peace for the entire
Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
ministry was started by Tom Villiger in 2000. It has been quite active
in calling attention to and pursuing issues which affect the social
life, not only of parishioners, and all Catholics, but all people,
reflecting Jesus’ values of respecting the dignity of each human being.
We are guided by Jesus’ example and his words, as well as the social
doctrines proclaimed by the Popes and the Church Councils in their
encyclicals. Actually, it all boils down to Jesus’ words, “Love your
neighbor as you love yourself.” This relates to justice as Jesus
proclaimed it. And applying justice will lead to peace.
pursue justice and peace issues by educating ourselves first and then
the parish on those issues which affect us all today, including some
with political ramifications, either in their causes, or more often, in
our attempt to apply Catholic social teachings to the public sphere. We
act under the leadership of the Pastor, because we act through the
parishioners. We are very active, collecting petitions, and writing
letters, arranging for voter registration drives, holding speaker events
on social issues, and taking part in interfaith groups, which embrace
social issues. Because we are so active, we need more members. We meet the second Thursday of every month in the Parish Center (209 N. Hanford Ave., San Pedro).
Contact: Connie Rutter: (310) 833-6793