To the Our Lady of Refuge Community,

I would like to start by saying thank you to Father Gerard, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the entire Our Lady of Refuge School Community for entrusting me with the wonderful gift that is Our Lady of Refuge School. I am truly blessed and excited to be working with you all as interim principal.

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you. My name is Mr. Donnie Green, and I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. As the youngest of four children, one of the greatest gifts my parents gave us is our foundation in Catholic Education. I am a product of 19 years of Catholic Education. My own Catholic education continues to shape my career path. I began my teaching practice as a member of the Alliance of Catholic Education through the University of Notre Dame. As a member of A.C.E. I taught 4th grade at St. Justin Martyr in Anaheim, California. Upon graduating from Notre Dame with my Master’s in Education, I made the move to Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C. as the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry. After two years, I felt God’s call to return to the classroom. I returned to Southern California in 2017 as the Religion teacher and Director of Faith Formation at Our Lady of Fatima School in Artesia, California. As I continued to discern ways to serve within Catholic Education, I joined the Onward Leaders program. I served as a resident principal at St. Lucy School and interim principal at St. Stephen Martyr. I spent this last year as principal of St. Sebastian School in West Los Angeles. As my time at St. Sebastian school comes to an end, I am excited to return to Long Beach and be able to walk with you as the interim principal of Our Lady of Refuge.

Pope John Paul II said, “Catholic education is above all a question of communicating Christ, of helping to form Christ in the lives of others.”  As a new member of the Faith Community of Our Lady of Refuge, I share the commitment to Jesus Christ and the call by Him to minister in love to others. I am excited to deepen this as we work together to provide the best opportunity for each student.

In these unprecedented times, please be assured of my prayers and collaborative spirit. As we look forward to summer and the new school year, I look forward to working with you all to provide the best learning experience for our students.  I am excited to get to meet everyone from this wonderful community. Through my early interactions with the school and parish communities I am already energized by the potential that the new school year will bring.


Mr. Donnie Green M.Ed.