In Solana Beach, CA, the Eudists live in two buildings: the rectory of St. James/St. Leo Parish, and the house of the Regional Superior, which also serves as the headquarters for Regional administration. The Eudists in Solana Beach together with those in Carlsbad belong to the San Diego Local Community.


Fr. Gérard Lecomte CJM
21950525256_bed0e9f7ef_kMission: Pastor of St. James/St. Leo Parish

Like St. John Eudes himself, Fr. Lecomte is a native of Normandy, France, but his dedication to the mission has taken him all over the world: the Ivory Coast in Africa; Montreal, Canada; San Diego, and now Los Angeles! He spent years as a teacher and formator, founding a formation house in Montreal before being summoned to San Diego in 2005 to help launch our priestly formation program in the US as Vocation Director. In 2011, the CJM was offered the opportunity to provide pastoral care for St. John Eudes in Chatsworth, CA, which is the only parish named after our founder in the whole nation. Fr. Lecomte stepped forward for the responsibility and was appointed pastor of St. John Eudes. Also in 2011, he agreed to serve as Regional Councilor. Fr. Lecomte served as pastor at St. John Eudes Parish from 2011-2017.


Fr. John Howard CJM
19086868194_dde7a3ce4e_bMission: CJM Development Director, Pastor Emeritus of St. James/St. Leo Parish

Fr. Howard is a native of New Brunswick, Canada. He has a PhD in clinical psychology and has spent the majority of his career as a consultant for religious superiors on issues of organizational psychology. Since 1976, he has been a resident priest at St. James/St. Leo, where he has worked with parishioners to found St. James Mission Circle and Esperanza International. He was the first Eudist in San Diego, CA and first Regional Superior of the U.S. Region. He served as Regional Superior from 2011-2017. Fr. Howard served as pastor at St. James/St. Leo from 2006-2017. He is now retired and serving as the director of the development office in Solana Beach, CA.


Fr. Ricardo Juarez Frausto CJM

Mission: Priest-in-residence of St. James/St. Leo Parish

Fr. Juarez is a native of Sonora, Mexico, where he did all of his theology studies and seminary formation. He was ordained in December 2014, and is being mentored by Fr. Howard in his first assignment. He is an avid photographer and has real talent in many different creative pursuits, including cooking and singing. He was appointed associate pastor at St. James/St. Leo in 2015.


Sr. Zita Toto OLCGS
Mission: pastoral coordinator for St. Leo Mission19683136246_0e13bb2ea3_o

She’s not a resident member in the community house, or part of the CJM for that matter, but Sr. Zita is as Eudist as they come! She is a Sister of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, the first order founded by St. John Eudes, and coordinates all the pastoral activities at the St. Leo Mission in Solana Beach.

She has been at St. Leo’s since 2000, and is an important part of our Eudist family.