Faith in Action Committee

2021 Special Message from Pope Francis, World Day of Peace: “A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace.”

A Virtual Conversation About Immigration: A Catholic Approach to a National Challenge with speakers Auxiliary Bishop Ramon Bejarano and Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director Alliance San Diego. Moderator Deacon Peter Hodsdon.

Highlights: Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano shares how scripture and Catholic Social Teaching guide our responses, personal testimonies by two parishioners, as well as practical solutions and ways to become involved.

Promoting Equality & Justice

Mission Statement

Grounded in the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching, our mission is to educate and work in solidarity and inclusiveness for justice, equality, respect and dignity for all our brothers and sisters and care for God’s creation.


We accept the obligation to follow Pope Francis’ insistence that we open our closed hearts by EDUCATING our community about the social justice issues that affect us, especially the most vulnerable, and PROMOTING projects, programs, policies that respect the dignity of all, by addressing issues regarding discrimination related to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion; poverty, education, housing, policing, immigration, and care of the planet.

Committee Members

Parish Staff:             Father Gerard Lecomte, Deacon Peter Hodsdon

Co-Chairs:                 Christy Bantugan-Bohan, Shirley Giese

Ana Zentella, Bob Gilleskie, Teresa Perez, Luna Espinosa, Sheyla Tellez and Susan Clark


New Members Always Welcome!
Pax Christi San Diego

We are a national and international Catholic peace and justice movement that seeks to model the Peace of Christ in our witness to the mandate of the nonviolence of the cross.  This is a local chapter of Pax Christi USA.  Coordinator:  Christy Bantugan-Bohan. Meetings are on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.  Email for more information.

Creation Care

The Creation Care Ministry advocates through civic and charitable acts, loving concern for, and protection of, all the natural gifts of God.  The focus of this ministry is Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical PRAISE TO YOU (Laudato Si) On Care for Our Common Home.  Email Bob Gilleskie rjgilleskie@san.rr.comfor more information.

Immigrant Advocacy

We advocate for the safety and well-being of our sisters, brothers, and children in immigrant families including their health, housing, education, employment, and protection from discrimination. Email Ana Zentella for more information.

Have an interest in learning more or getting involved?   


Christy Bantugan-Bohan
Shirley Giese

Helpful Links:

USCCB Catholic Social Teaching

Laudato Si

Alliance San Diego

NCICC (North County Immigration & Citizenship Center)

The Faith in Action Committee, created in June 2020, is a subcommittee of the St. James-St. Leo Pastoral Council.