Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations


The Catholic Church is called to participate in the quest for unity by promoting Ecumenical and Interfaith relations, as mandated by the Second Vatican Council. All the faithful are urged to seek unity with their separated Christian brothers and sisters and to acknowledge and respect the truth found in all religions. It is therefore essential that each parish, as a part of its mission, seek ways to further unity.

Interfaith Dialogue During Uncertain Times: Father Ed & Rabbi Sherman

Community Prayer Service 2020 Hosted by Church of the Good Shepherd

At Church of the Good Shepherd, this mission is facilitated by the Parish Ecumenical and Interfaith Representatives (PEIRs). The representatives are two parishioners who have been designated by the pastor and tasked with communicating and coordinating local ecumenical and interfaith activity. They are laypeople who have completed a certification program for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for Catholic Ministry at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

The PEIRs' responsibilities include:

  • Fostering a deeper ecumenical and interfaith awareness among parishioners.
  • Answering questions parishioners may have relating to ecumenical and interfaith matters and assisting in contacting the Archdiocesan Officer for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, if needed.
  • Building relationships with Christian churches of other denominations as well as non-Christian faith communities in Beverly Hills and surrounding areas.
  • Encouraging, facilitating and coordinating parish participation in local ecumenical and interfaith activities.
  • Representing the parish, when appropriate, with local ecumenical and interfaith organizations.
  • Serving as a liaison between the parish and the Archdiocesan Officer for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. 
    Our GSBH Parish Liaisons:
  • Sandra Bossi, Ecumenical Representative @
  • Justine Wentzell, Interfaith Representative  @

    E & I Events    
All are welcome!

Anti-Semitism: Catholic & Jewish Perspectives
(in person & online)
Monday, May 16th
Monday, May 23rd
7pm - 8:30pm

St. John Fisher Barrett Hall
5448 Crest Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Please join St. John Fisher Catholic Church for two lectures entitled “Anti-Semitism: Catholic & Jewish Perspectives”.   Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, Ecumenical & Interreligious Officer of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Dr. Bob Rothman, Founder and Chair of the Dawn Unity Group, will explore the origins, causes and effects of Anti-Semitism in scripture, word, and deed from the First Century to present day. The event will also be live streamed on Facebook at

Interfaith Retreat: Moving from Conflict to Community
Saturday, May 21st
9:30am - 3:30pm

Holy Spirit Retreat Center
4316 Lanai Road, Encino, CA 91436

Please join the Academy for Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies for an Interfaith Retreat entitled “Moving from Conflict to Community”.  Registration fee: $55 including lunch and $45 without lunch. For more information and to register, please visit:

Interfaith Solidarity March
Sunday, May 22nd
1pm - 5pm

St. Basil's Catholic Church
3611 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Please join the Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice (IRTPJ) for its 7th Annual Interfaith Solidarity March Los Angeles. This year’s theme is “Freedom, Diversity, and Respect: Learning to Live Together”. The march starts at St. Basil's Catholic Church, 3611 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 and ends at the Islamic Center of Southern California. For more information and to register, please visit:

To be added to the weekly email with upcoming events, please contact: Sandra Bossi, Ecumenical Representative of GSBH at:

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For more information on the
Catholic Church’s Ecumenical and Interfaith work, please visit:  

"Thus it is absolutely clear that ecumenism, the movement promoting Christian unity, is not just some sort of "appendix" which is added to the Church's traditional activity. Rather, ecumenism is an organic part of her life and work, and consequently must pervade all that she is and does." Ut Unum Sint, 20  – 1995 Encyclical by Saint Pope John Paul II

The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Document on Human Fraternity - Signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on February 4, 2019


“The attainment of union is the concern of the whole Church, faithful and shepherds alike.”
Decree of the Second Vatican Council on Ecumenism – Unitatis Redintegratio, Paragraph 5 (see link for further information)

“The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these (non-Christian) religions...”
Declaration of the Second Vatican Council on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions – Nostra Aetate, Paragraph 2 (see link for further information)