Bobby Ehnow, PhD

Bobby Ehnow, PhD

Director of the Office for Life, Peace and Justice at the Diocese of San Diego

Bobby is the Director of the Office for Life, Peace and Justice at the Diocese of San Diego. He holds a PhD in Leadership Studies and Non-profit Management from the University of San Diego (2018). Bobby s dissertation research centered on restorative justice theory and practice, prisoner re-entry and reintegration, and formerly incarcerated adults in higher education. Bobby is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College (2002). He also holds a master's in public administration (MPA) from the University of Oklahoma (1996), and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Villanova University (1987). Bobby is the President of the Board for the Restorative Justice Mediation Program, a San Diego based non-profit that provides restorative practices and services throughout Southern California. He is an informed practitioner and researcher with a unique perspective as a formerly incarcerated person, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer, and community leader. He is married to his best friend, Colette, and together they have four children: Brendan, Caitlin, Kelly, and Eric. He is a parishioner at Sacred Heart Coronado.

Reentry Conference Event Page

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
HALL A | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Restorative Justice Mission of the Catholic Church in California

Miriam Sammartino, Esq.
Director for the Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns for the Diocese of Sacramento

Deacon John Storm
Director, Catholic Restorative Justice Ministries, Diocese of Santa Rosa


Linda Warner
Director for Social Justice & Environmental Stewardship
Fred LaPuzza
Director of the Office of Restorative Justice, for the Diocese of Orange
Gonzalo DeVivero
Director, Office of Restorative Justice,  Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Deacon Fidel Carrillo
Director, Office of Restorative Justice, Diocese of Stockton
Bobby Ehnow, PhD
Director of the Office for Life, Peace and Justice at the Diocese of San Diego
Michael Shirley
Director for Life, Justice, and Peace in the Diocese of San Jose
Kiona Medina
Coordinator, For Life and Justice Ministries, Oakland Diocese
Julio Escobar
Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Coordinator


The Catholic Church Restorative Justice Ministries in California envision a society healed from divisiveness and fear that responds to crime and violence with restoration and healing so that every person can experience a dignified and plentiful life. This bold mission requires all people of goodwill to advocate for justice, bring awareness to the realities of crime and violence, and support those who have caused harm and those who have been harmed. For than 20 years, the Restorative Justice Directors of the Catholic dioceses throughout California have set forth a unique state-wide collaborative model to provide direct services, awareness and advocacy for restorative justice and restorative practices. This panel will discuss the role of Restorative Justice Ministries today to live out this mission of the Church, and how their community- focused collaborative model gives hope for the future.