Thom Trunzo


Thom is a Catholic Permanent Deacon, ordained in 1995. He has served as Pastoral Associate in several churches since his ordination. He is passionate about Social Justice and healing divisions among cultures and religions. He taught both Social Justice and World Religion for 10 years. He completed a 4 Unit Chaplain Residency accredited by ACPE at the local VA Hospital and believes that humble service to those in pain or in need offers us the best chance for peace.

Beth has been in parish ministry for more than 20 years. She served as Pastoral Associate as well as Director of Religious Education in two different parishes. She has a passion for liturgy and social justice. She has organized several workshops and lenten series on Social Justice based on the tenants of Catholic Social Justice Teaching. She has written and presented a variety of retreats and workshops. She has also completed the Ignatian Spiritual Director's Retreat at Guelph University in Ontario Canada..

Thom and Beth have been married for 32 years, and together they have 8 children.

Native American Spirituality is a part of their life as well. They have a Medicine Wheel on their land and do ceremonies there as well. Thom was given a Lakota name in 2005 that means "Bridge Builder." The name was selected by the Lakota Elders in acknowledgement of his work in bridging cultures and religious orientations, and efforts focused on understanding and healing divisions and acceptance of people who are different.

You can find out more about this deacon couple by visiting their website:

While you are there, you can sign-up for their FREE Weekly Reflection Service, and check-out Spiritual Direction, Native American Spirituality, and their on-line religion course intended to bring understanding and healing among the Jewish, Christian and Islamic people. They also provides Spiritual Direction. Information about Spiritual Direction is also on the website.

You can contact Deacon Thom through e-mail –

Where to find Thom Trunzo online


Spiritual Labor - Spiritual Life
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,820. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
"Spiritual Labor - Spiritual Life" is a compilation of 52 spiritual reflections intended for the reader's own spiritual work or in leading groups. Each of the reflections deals with living as a spiritual person within ordinary daily relationships and encounters. The intent of the book is to augment the reader's prayer life by inviting him or her to seek the Spirit that dwells within.
Meeting Mary and the Mystery of Motherhood
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,390. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / Mariology
Part 1 shows Mary as a human. Most images are beautiful but rarely capture Mary’s life. She was a girl who grew to be an extraordinary woman. She is real, tangible, and credible. In Part 2, we examine being Mother of God. Being mother is more than physically giving birth. Theologian Meister Eckhart states, “We are all meant to be Mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.”
Who Can Save The Pond?
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
"Who Can Save the Pond?" is written for children. It invites them to look at conflict resolution and acceptance of those who are different in a respectful manner. In this story, the youngest offers an alternative perspective contrary to those of the rest of the members. The wise old catfish sees the value in her point of view. Her plan is accepted and leads to a peaceful solution.
Heaven Can't Wait: Reflections on Spiritual Living
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 39,680. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Prayer, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
This book of 52 Spiritual Reflections is meant to be a prayer tool to help readers explore their responses to the topics. Often, we view life from a secular vantage. But "God is everywhere!" especially in the tiny moments of our lives. Seeking God in all things is Living Spiritually. Reflection questions follow each. Hopefully this will invite you into a new way of living and experiencing God.
Seventh Direction: Journey Within
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,020. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Ethics & morals
This book of guided reflections is a perfect tool for groups who are working to find the spirit in their everyday lives. It offers a way to share insight and wisdom with people gathered for prayer. The reflections in this book can be used by Retreat Leaders, Homilists, Confirmation Leaders and Grief Ministers. Step into a place where God resides and find nourishment and healing for your soul.

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Smashwords book reviews by Thom Trunzo

  • Spirituality and Prayer on Dec. 29, 2013

    I particularly identified with the section related to the need to return to solitude. I too am an Ordained Deacon, and not only encourage those that I teach or lead in retreats to embrace silence, but also provide times for silent reflection. Deacon Hoover capture the paradoxes in our faith such as strength through weakness, and transformation through peace. We definitely have lost our sense of surrender by filling our lives with noise and power.