Greetings to OLR School and Parish Community,

I do hope all of you are coping OK in these most unusual moments in our lives as we move forward into a new experience of life. Thanks to all at the school in this new experience of learning online. To the students, parents, faculty, and staff, you are all doing a tremendous job. God bless you all.

I miss all of you, especially the energy this time of the year as we plan graduation and end-of-year school activities. Our faith tells us to trust in God as we move forward with hope. As you all know change is not easy, but we now live in constant change and often there is no other option but trust.

Recently I informed you that I would seek a new principal for the coming year and today I want to introduce you to Mr. Donnie Green who is presently Principal at St. Sebastian in West Los Angeles. In these unprecedented times I sought the advice of the Department of Catholic Schools in my endeavor to seek a principal and I was advised that an interim principal for 2020-2021 would be a good option.

Mr. Green is a member of Onward Leaders Cohort, a specialized residency and leadership program for which only a select few are chosen. His experience is extensive and exemplary. He will move our school forward with professionalism, enthusiasm, and leadership. Naming an interim this year also gives us the opportunity to conduct an extensive search next January, if necessary.

The appointment of an interim principal simply means that Mr. Green will fulfill the role fully for the upcoming year. This allows us to recover and allows all to worry less. The decision is best for the emotional health of the school students, parents, and staff.

Mr. Green is very qualified and looking forward to serving in OLR.  The first time I met him was the Together in Mission pledge weekend here at the parish. He spoke passionately at all the Masses about his love for teaching and Catholic schools. Many parishioners were very impressed and inspired by his presence that weekend. I recall talking to him that Sunday and he shared with me the warmth he experienced from the OLR community. I ask you all to join me in welcoming Mr. Green to his new role starting this coming July.

Let us put our trust in the Lord, and may Our Lady of Refuge protect us.

Peace,

Fr. Gerard O’Brien