Sister Parishes Help Send 153 Students to Catholic School

Lori RosehartNews You Can Use

San Francisco Solano Catholic Church parishioner and Sister Parish donor visits St. Justin Martyr school in Anaheim.

A hug, smile, tear-filled eye and a loud “thank you!” As the 2023-2024 school year comes to a close, the children at our Catholic schools are being reunited with friends from their Sister Parishes. The generous men and women from 10 Catholic Church communities contributed more than $368,000 in tuition assistance through The Orange Catholic Foundation’s Catholic Schools Sister Parish Initiative.

This new funding supported 153 students on their journey to sainthood and provided them with a Catholic education. Here’s the breakdown: 86 students at St. Anne School in Santa Ana, 41 students at St. Joseph School in Santa Ana, 13 students at St. Justin Martyr School in Anaheim and 13 students at La Purisima School in Orange and their families were gifted with the financial blessings.

During the school visit at St. Anne School in Santa Ana, Principal Sr. Teresa Lynch, CSJ, stressed how the students impacted and the transformation of the school over the years are all “miracles provided through your generosity.” Frances from St. Kilian Catholic Church could sense that as she listened to the St. Anne School’s mariachi band, “the children have pride in what they are doing and, in their culture, too.”

Frances is no stranger to the St. Anne community in Santa Ana. Years ago, she lived in the area, attended Mass at the church and some of her grandchildren attended school. So, when the Sister Parish program was introduced at St. Kilian’s in January 2024, Frances knew she needed to lend a helping hand.

“Jesus Loves You” bears will remind these students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Santa Ana that Jesus is always with them and someone from their Sister Parish loves them too.


In addition to the “Jesus Loves You” bear deliveries, the students, parents and staff from all four schools are returning to their Sister Parishes to express their gratitude. As some students graduate, others are just beginning their journey in Catholic education. You can relieve the financial stress for a family through OCF’s Catholic Schools Sister Parish Initiative. To help cover the cost to educate a student for a month, a year or even for a lifetime, click here or call (714) 282-3021 to speak to a member of OCF’s Philanthropy Team.    

Sr. Teresa Lynch, CSJ and students from St. Anne School in Santa Ana visit St. Anne in Seal Beach to share how grateful they are for their Sister Parish.

Students from La Purisima Catholic School in Orange say “Thank You” to their friends at their Sister Parish for supporting them, their classmates and Catholic education.

Thank you to our Sister Parishes for partnering with OCF and our Catholic schools:

St. Anne Catholic Church, Seal Beach

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Irvine

Holy Family Catholic Church, Seal Beach

St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Irvine

St. Kilian Catholic Church, Mission Viejo

La Purisima Catholic Church, Orange

St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Laguna Woods

Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach

San Francisco Solano Catholic Church, Rancho Santa Margarita

Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church, Lake Forest