St. Monica’s High School – Santa Monica (1948-1977)
The Brothers had to obtain visas from the American Legation at Merrion Square in Dublin. They were interviewed by the American vice Consul and presented their visas. On August 21, 1948, they left Cobh on board the SS Washington and arrived in New York on August 27th. After spending a few days in the rectory of St. Matthew’s Church, they left by train for Los Angeles on August 31st. The heat was oppressive and the Brothers finally arrived in Los Angeles on September 3rd. They were met by Msgr. Connelly and Father Fogarty, pastor of St. Brendan’s and Father Michael O’Callaghan. Both priests had been students of the Patricians in Ireland.
The Brothers started teaching at St. Monica’s High School on Monday, September 13, 1948.
A new building was opened in September 1958 with an enrollment of 400 boys. Brother Evaristus was Dean of Boys and Brother Romuald was Athletic Director. Brother Aquinas organized the California Scholastic Federation for the school.
In 1977, the Brothers long association with the school came to an end.