Monday, May 29, 2017

Our Pastor

Father Raymond D. Morales was born on 5 September  1954 in Los Angeles; the eldest of the six children of Ramon and Mabel Morales. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes School in East Los Angeles and went on to Loyola High School, but in 1970 his family moved to Capistrano Beach in Orange County. He graduated from San Clemente High School in 1972 and went to the University of Southern California, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1976.

From USC Father Ray was admitted to St. John's Major Seminary to study for the priesthood. He was ordained a deacon in May of 1980 and elevated to the priesthood on 6 June 1981 by Cardinal Timothy Manning at St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. His first priestly assignment was as associate pastor at Our Lady of Refuge Parish in Long Beach, serving with Monsignor Dominic Daly and Father William O'Keeffe from 1981 to 1985. From OLR Father Ray was assigned to St. Gerard Majella Parish in Mar Vista (1985 to 1990), then as associate pastor of St. Mel's Parish in Woodland Hills (1990 to 1996). In the summer of 1996 Father Ray moved St. Bridget of Sweden Parish in Van Nuys where he served twelve years as Administrator and as Pastor.

In the summer of 2008 Father Ray was appointed pastor of our own parish, Our Lady of Refuge in Long Beach, returning to his first priestly assignment after 27 years!

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Our Principal

Mrs. Tricia Holmquist

The 2015-2016 school year marks my 5th year as the administrator at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School.  What a wonderful adventure it has been!  In the past four years, we have grown from 128 students to 205 students, and we continue to grow each and every year.  In 2012, we opened a transitional kindergarten and we have been able to reach maximum capacity each year, which has also solidified strong enrollment in our kindergarten and primary classes. 

It has been a great pleasure to serve as principal of Our Lady of Refuge.  This appointment as been such a blessing in my life.  OLR is a wonderful community and I am deeply honored to serve the students, parents, faculty/staff, and the parish, in any way that I can.

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Vice Principal

Magalí Del Bueno was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was raised in Southern California. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Theology from Loyola Marymount University, with minors in History and Bilingual Education. She recently obtained a Master’s Degree in Theology from Loyola Marymount University and is trained as a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition. Ms. Del Bueno is finalizing her Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through Loyola Marymount University this year.

After receiving her B.A., Ms. Del Bueno volunteered in Buenos Aires, Argentina and taught Religion to middle school students at a Jesuit school. She also volunteered in Rome, Italy, where she taught Religion and English to grades 1-5 at a Salesian school. She loves teaching in faith-based environments where she can help students to find God in their daily lives.

In addition to teaching and working with children, Ms. Del Bueno also loves to volunteer with non-profit organizations. She also enjoys dancing, traveling and learning languages. She feels greatly blessed to be joining the OLR family and is very excited to meet everyone!


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