St. Columbkille Elementary School, Los Angeles

St Columbkille School
Early days at St. Columbkille.

Back in 1923, the Sisters were so eager to open St. Columbkille School that they moved into the convent even before the windows and doors were in! When the school opened, it served working class European-American families. As the neighborhood changed, the student population shifted to predominantly African-American. Today it is mostly Hispanic.

Sr. Caroline Sanchez serves as a volunteer librarian and at the after-school homework program.

Founding Sisters:

  • Superior Agnes Louise
  • Mary Josephine
  • Gertrude SH
  • Teresa Rose BS
  • Rose Veronica

Sisters who taught and administered at the school:

  • Agnes Anzoli (Marie Josepha), 1938-1941, 1963-1969
  • Bernie Barnes (Ann Bernadette), 1976-1980
  • Marie Barbara Buckley, 1943-1946
  • Annette Burkart (Marie Annette), 1962-1963
  • Phyllis Cook (Julie Patrice), 1990 – 2001
  • Catherine Davis (Catherine of Siena), 1960-1965
  • Patrice Donohoe (Marie Patrice), 1941-1949, 1965-1966
  • Judith Flahavan (Kieran), 1980-1990
  • Avelina Garcia (Guadalupe Julie), 1978-1989
  • Barbara Hamm (Anthony), 1964-1965
  • Pat Hoffman (Raymond Francis), 1954-1956, 1981-1982
  • Patricia Hutchison (Mary Bernardine), 1959-1961
  • Carol Kenning (Mary Matthew), 1995-2013
  • Teresa Ann Leahy, 1954-1956
  • Laura Leon, 1994-1995
  • Marie Elise McCormick, 1941-1943, 1966-1967
  • Teresa Maiorana (Miriam Julie), 1956-1957
  • Barbara Matasci (Ernest Marie), 1955-1958
  • Andrea Mendoza (Teresita), 1964, 1970-1973
  • Joanne Miller (Catherine Rose), 1970-1975
  • Kathleen Murphy (Magdaline Cecilia), 1969-1970, 1975-1993
  • Kathleen Murray (Gerard), 1989-1996
  • Mary Florence O'Rourke, 1948-1952
  • Dolores Pardini (Dolores Marie), 1984 – 2012
  • Mary Ann Pelkman (Mercedes Julie), 1967-1976
  • Catherine Pelletier (Agnes St. Jude), 1949-1950
  • Rosalie Pizzo (Mary Christopher), 1957-1963
  • Beth Plesche (Peter Marie), 1962-1965, 1970-1981
  • Carole Proctor (Mary Alma), 1962-1963
  • Caroline Sanchez (Francis Xavier), 1992- present
  • Ann Louise Schlitt, 1928
  • Marie Wagner (Marie Veronica), 1942-1943


  1. I attended St. Columbkille in 1954 along with my twin sister Teresa and my older brother Jim. Sister Christiana Marie was our 1stgrade teacher. She is forever in our hearts as she took good care of us while we attended school at St. Columbkille's school. Our mother was a single mother with a full-time job – so sister took us under her wing and tutored my sister and I when we needed the help. I would love to know if the school has a photo of her on display. She was a very pretty.
    Thank you –
    Cecilia Galvin

  2. Hello Cecelia Galvin,
    My name is Vince McGrath and I was there in
    1954 also. I am wondering if you had a brother
    there also at that time. 7 of the McGrath’s
    attended St. Columbkile and all had a great

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