Through writings passed down, we know the original church was built along Spanish lines and seated about 200 people. It was little larger than a two story stucco house. Over time, the church was moved into private homes where the Oblate Fathers of St. Ferdinand’s Church and the Sisters of the Sacred Heart taught catechism classes. The OLP Church as we know it today, was built in 1937 by Father Patrick Ryan. In 1944 the OLP Parish was officially established.
In 1951 Father Leheny was dedicated to building the school and held the first classes on site that year, taught by the Daughters of Mary and Joseph. The school building was formally erected by 1954. Father Leheny was a “brick builder” and is accredited with the buildings strong foundation, which has stood up to earthquakes.
While many Priests and Sisters, overtime, worked hard to develop and complete the buildings, it was the spirit of the parish they formed which has truly blessed this place. Today, when you walk onto Our Lady of Peace Campus, you can still feel the love and community, which has lasted the test of time.
Ms. Lourdes Jasso
9022 Langdon Avenue