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.

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.

   E & I Upcoming Events  

For questions about upcoming events or E&I please contact
Sandra Bossi, Good Shepherd’s Ecumenical Representative at

Tuesday, February 25th ~ 7pm
2020 Annual Interfaith Forum:
From Part of the Problem to Part of the Solution~Antisemitism and the Church

Loyola Marymount University, Roski Dining Room, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Join the Jewish Studies and Catholic Studies programs at LMU for this year's annual Interfaith Forum, featuring a lecture by Rabbi David Rosen, director of international interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Panel response by Father Alexei Smith, director of ecumenical and interreligious affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; and Richard Hirschhaut, director of AJC Los Angeles. Moderated by Father Cyril Hovorun, acting director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute. Kosher dessert reception to follow.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited.
Please RSVP to

Event information can also be found in the bulletin,on the parish calendar or on the church bulletin boards.
or more
contact: Sandra Bossi
Church of the Good Shepherd
Ecumenical Representative
Justine Wentzell
Church of the Good Shepherd
Interfaith Representative


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)