Faith in Action Committee


Pax Christi San Diego and St. James Faith in Action Committee Virtual Interfaith Panel Discussion

Bridging the Gaps of Racial Equity as a Faith Community
Held Tuesday, August 10th

Password:  Peaceandlove1000!

A heart-to-heart dialogue to learn about the underlying issues of racial inequity in our society and explore solutions for change

Featured Speakers:

  • Arturo Sotelo, Roman Catholic, St. Leo Mission, Solana Beach
  • Deanna Diaz, Tonawanda Seneca
  • Judy Nakatomi, Buddhist, Vista Buddhist Temple & Order of Interbeing with the Plum Village Community of Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Yusef Miller, Islam (Sunni Muslim), Islamic Society of North County, Community Outreach Liaison
  • Chris Ibanez & Irene Koppel, Christians on the Outside

Special Guest
Kayla Bohan, Urban Teachers, Baltimore City

Questions:   Contact Christy at or 760.652.4035     

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

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

Clare McDonald, Abigail Pablo, 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. 

Volunteers provide ESL and citizenship preparation through Pathways to Citizenship EMAIL Clare McDonald at 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.