Are you interested in social justice? 
Do you find yourself wishing that you could help people in need? 
Does poverty bother you? 
Are you looking for community service?

What is Justice with Peace?

Justice with Peace (JwP) is a ministry that seeks to serve the St. Tom’s community by teaching and creating action for social justice. The heart of our existence is to act as Christ for others.

We are here to help!

As Justice with Peace Interns , we are here to assist everyone involved in the greater St. Tom’s community in respect to all things justice and peace. If you are a student or parishioner who desires more information about social justice programs at St Tom’s, contact us. If you are involved with a St. Tom’s club or organization and need help starting or facilitating a social justice program, please contact us.

We are here to help!

The JwP interns organize events in order to integrate justice and peace into the Purdue Catholic Student experience, as well as educate to form a right conscience. We plan and share information about all the activities in the area about peace and justice.

Initiatives we are involved with:

  • Community Resource Workshops 
  • Granola Bar Crusade 
  • Spring Break Mission Trips 
  • St. Catherine’s Closet 
  • Service Fair 
  • Winterization 
  • Hunger Hike 
  • Lafayette Urban Ministry 
  • Lafayette Transitional Housing Center Homeless Services 
  • And more! 

Join our JwP Committee to stay in the loop and get involved!

Meet the Coordinators

Chris Johnston

Major: Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

How did you get involved at St. Tom’s?: I got involved at St. Tom’s through the New Student Overnighter my freshman year. This led to involvement in some other ministries including Boiler Awakening, PCS sports, and Ignite. Following this I became involved in Justice with Peace where I have served as an intern since spring 2020.

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.”

Bio: I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina where I lived for a few years before moving to England with my family. We then moved to a small town in Minnesota called Orono, which is about 30 minutes west of Minneapolis. I am one of three kids, with a younger brother and sister as well as a dog Holly and Abbey the cat. Outside of school, I enjoy feeding my fish and playing pond hockey with the boys.

Lily Shafer

Major: Nursing

How did you get involved at St. Tom’s?: I started by going to daily mass and many different call outs to see where I was called to serve. Becoming a part of the JWP committee, was one of the best decisions I had made.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Let us run with Endurance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus.” Hebrews 12:1-2.

Bio: I am a cradle Catholic from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I live with my parents and 2 younger siblings. Currently, I am a sophomore majoring in nursing. If I am not in classes or at St. Tom’s, you can catch me running or talking about my love for running. Along with running, I enjoy just outdoors and getting dirty.