Mission Statement

We, the Pastoral Council, are united in Christ to build and encourage the community, to bring God’s light to the world through service and sharing our Catholic faith, creating a welcoming home in our community and wherever we may go.


The Pastoral Council (PC) is an advisory body of the Newman Center Catholic Community at UCSD. The purpose of the PC is to:
  1. Provide spiritual leadership to the Community by maintaining and implementing the Mission of the Community on behalf of the members of the Community.
  2. Serve as a visionary direction setting body for the Community by advising and assisting the Pastoral Staff in formulating policy to guide the Community toward the Objectives of the Mission of the Community
  3. Plan for the future of the Community by discerning priorities and setting goals based on the needs and resources of the Community and the needs of the Diocese, the University community, and the world. 


The Pastoral Council meets monthly on a Thursday at 7:15pm in Roetter Hall. Stay tuned to Newman News and the verbal announcements for the exact dates.

Feel free to bring any suggestions or concerns you have to any one of the members, listed below. You can also reach the council at pc@catholicucsd.org or use the button below. Please include “Agenda” in the subject if you are submitting an item to be placed on the agenda of an upcoming Pastoral Council meeting.

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David VacchiChair and resident community representative
Mark FusterFaculty and staff representative
Becky HamesFaculty and staff representative
Gaby PerdomoFaculty and staff representative
Makesh Pravin John WilsonYAGS representative
Lee TrahanResident community representative
Fr. John Paul Forté, OPDirector
Fr. Dominic DeLay, OPAssociate Director
Patty StewartPastoral Associate for Faith Formation and Administration
Brian BueskerWebmaster