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   


 The Justice and Peace Ministry would like to thank everyone for their support on the Thomas House Drive.  As a parish community, we helped the residents stay on the right track and gave them a strong sense of esteem.   We collected an outpouring of much needed housewares items, as well as some furniture resulting in the delivery of 13 loads of goods.  We also received cash donations totaling approximately $600.  We would like to extend a special thank you to those who made use of their garage space to store the items and for helping us by loading their SUVs/trucks to deliver the goods Thomas House after the drive. 

This drive was a true example of the parishioners of St. Bonaventure banding together to help our community. 

Thank you for helping to make this drive a huge success!      

Mental Health Ministry

Save the Date!!! – March 15, 2018

Mental Health Forum – Breaking the Chains that Bind Us!!!

5:30PM Mass of Hope for Wellness

6:30PM Breaking the Chains that Bind Us!

Keynote by Kay Warren

Come listen to some of America’s greatest mental health advocates and professionals speak on the amazing changes happening right here in Orange County in mental health care. More treatment options, a new philosophy and continuum of care, and real, concrete cooperation between faith communities, our first responders, our hospitals, our healers, our advocacy groups, our education system, and our citizens.

We need your help and your voices to help make this happen. Our goal is to make Orange County the best in the nation by implementing best practices at all levels offering compassion and companionship in recovery.  RSVP to the Parish Office at 949-644-0200.

All are welcome!


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.