Social Justice Ministry

The Social Justice Ministry at Holy Trinity seeks to promote justice in our local and global communities by operating through five core practices: Drives and Donations, Direct Service to the poor, Education, Prayer and Reflection, and Advocacy.

Mission, Vision, and History

What's New

Thanksgiving Meals. Holy Trinity has a proud tradition of supporting families in need with a wonderful meal on Thanksgiving. This year's project will bein the weekend of Nov. 15-16 when bags and shopping lists will be available in the back of church. We encourage you to join other parishioners in assisting our friends at Bread for the City, the Father McKenna Center, and Hope and a Home to provide Thanksgiving meals to those who would not otherwise be able to have one. Please return your food donations at the 5:30 pm mass on Nov. 22 or before 1:00 pm on Nov. 23rd.

The process is simple. Fill a bag with the items below and drop it off next week before Mass at the corner of 36th and O Streets.

One 10-12 lb. FROZEN Turkey

1 box of stuffing

1 box of mashed potatoes

1 can of green beans

1 can of yams

1 can of cranberry sauce

1 box of corn muffin mix

Those who attend the 5:30 pm Sunday mass or who would prefer an alternative way to participate, may place a check in the collection baskets with “Turkey Drive” in the memo. A gift of $40 will provide a full dinner for a family, but any amount is appreciated. For further information, please contact Mary Anne Robbett at or (703) 922-5290 or Kate Tromble at or (202) 903-2809.

Social Justice Kick-Off

See the video of the Social Justice Kickoff event that took place on October 4th. Click here.

Service Opportunities

Direct service allows parishioners a chance to witness the lived experience of the poor, to see their own lived experienced in a new light, and to begin a process of relationship-building where all are invited to change their lives for the better.  This collective transformation and renewal is what inspires us to continue living our faith and seeking justice.

In addition to direct service opportunities inside and outside the parish, there are opportunities for parishioners to help form the strategic direction of the work of the ministry in the following areas: Volunteer Engagement, Advocacy and Education, Events and Hospitality, Tithe and Capital Campaign, and Communications.  If you are being called to give your time and talent to building up any of these areas, please contact Kate Tromble at

Education, Advocacy, and Structural Justice

Education not only involves learning about social injustices happening in our world, but also discerning God's spirit and the Greater Good (magis) in prayer and reflection on what is happening in our hearts and habits.

Advocacy and Structural Justice includes engaging with elected officials about matters affecting the poor and other disenfranchised members of the community in order to effect positive structural change.

Ongoing solidarity work and education on global justice issues help support the relationship-building delegations to our sister parishes in El Salvador (Maria, Madre de los Pobres) and Haiti (St. Jean Baptiste).

Holy Trinity Tithe

Holy Trinity has made a commitment to donate a tithe (10% of the parish's ordinary income) to various social service, advocacy, educational, and Jesuit-related organizations that serve the poor.  Every spring, parishioners on a committee review proposals for tithe funds and make recommendations to the pastor. The following organizations received grants from Holy Trinity's 2014 tithe.

Organization Amount
Holy Trinity School $110,000
Washington Jesuit Academy $15,000
Washington School for Girls $15,000
St Jean Baptiste (Haiti) $28,500
Maria Madre de los Pobres (El Salvador) $35,000
St Thomas School (India) $12,000
Loyola Secondary School (South Sudan) $10,000
Good Faith Communities Coalition $45,000
DC Fiscal Policy Institute $10,000
A Wider Circle $3,000
Bright Beginnings $3,000
Catholic Charities Parish Partners $5,000
Dog Tag Bakery $3,000
Emmaus Services for the Aging $3,000
Fr. McKenna Center $3,000
Friendship Place $3,000
Georgetown Ministry Center $5,000
Holy Trinity's Georgetown Sunday Suppers $5,000
Hope and a Home $4,000
Ignatian Spirituality Project $5,000
Jubilee Jobs $4,000
Keys for the Homeless $4,500
Living Wages $7,000
Mary House $4,000
New Endeavors for Women $3,000
Open Arms Housing $4,000
Catholic Charities - Welcome Home/Prison Outreach $5,000
Rachel's Women's Center $4,000
Sacred Heart Dinner Program $3,000
So Others Might Eat (SOME) $3,000
Spanish Catholic Center Dental Clinic $5,000
St. Ann's Center for Children and Families $5,000
The Northwest (Pregnancy) Center $4,000
Transition Assistance Program $4,000
Washington English Center $3,000
Catholic Relief Services - Ebola Response $5,000


Parish Groups Working with the Social Justice Ministry


Good Faith Communities Coalition

Hands on Housing

Maria Madre de los Pobres, Sister Parish in El Salvador

St. Jean Baptiste, Sister Parish in Haiti



The poor cannot lift themselves up with their bootstraps because they have no boots.

~ Father McKenna