Our Lady of Lourdes School, an educational ministry of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish within the Diocese of San Bernardino, shares in the mission of the Roman Catholic Church to spread the Gospel message and live the tradition of prayer, study, and service in a Christ-centered environment. Serving children from across the Inland Empire in Junior Kindergarten through eighth grade, the inclusive, faith-based curriculum inspires life-long learning, motivation to achieve, acceptance of socialand moral responsibilities, and exceptional leadership. Graduates confidently take their place in society knowing that they are prepared to analytically work through any challenge with compassion and fairness because of their excellent academic and spiritual foundation.
Our Lady of Lourdes School will set the trend for a diverse Catholic education that will be at the forefront of cutting-edge technological evolution, giving all learners the power to excel and own their futures.
The request was circulated to all the Presentation Sisters in the province. In keeping with the charism of their foundress, Nano Nagle, and her expressed wish to be of service in any part of the world, sisters who were interested discerned and volunteered. Four sisters were selected for the task, and the school, though the building was not quite completed, opened on September 14, 1959, with an enrollment of 270 students in grades one through six. More sisters continued to come to the school and by 1963 there were seven sisters serving grades one through eight, all classes at maximum capacity.
Over the years sisters were transferred to different ministries, making way for a qualified and dedicated faculty of lay people who continue to give generously of themselves in spreading the Catholic faith to the students and to their immediate and extended families.
The Presentation Sisters have since retired from the school. Sr. Fidelma Lyne retired in 2010 after 50 years as the principal. Our Lady of Lourdes School continually strives for excellence, and its instructional program has strong Catholic orientation. Dedicated professional administration and faculty, interested parents, and eager students have been the key factors in the successful history of Our Lady of Lourdes School.
Today, the completely lay staff proudly carries on the charism in the school of prayer, study, and service in the tradition of Nano Nagle and the Presentation Congregation.
Address: 5303 Orchard Street Montclair, CA 91763 County: San Bernardino
Superintendent: Mrs. Patrica Vesely
Diocese: San Bernardino
Parish: Our Lady of Lourdes
Pastor: Rev. Scott Nguyen
Former Religious Community: Union of the Presentation Sisters
Year the school was established: 1959
Type of School: Parochial
Principal: Mrs. Beverly Diaz de Leon
Organizational Structure: Self-contained classrooms Jr. K-5th Departmentalized 6th-8th
Enrollment 2012: 182
WCEA/WASC Accreditation Status: Accredited through June 2018
Our Lady of Lourdes
On Thursday, February 11, 1858, a poor, sickly, unlettered peasant girl of Lourdes, France went with her sister and another girl to fetch sticks. Bernadette Soubirous, age 14, who knew little of her catechism but was devoted to the will of God, experienced her first apparition of a lovely Lady at the Grotto of Massabielle. Upon seeing the Lady, who had a rosary draped over her right arm, Bernadette began praying the Rosary. Bernadette did not know who the Lady was at this time. This is Bernadette’s description of the Lady at that first apparition: