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marybeth brehany, m.s.

Interim  Head  of  School


Marybeth Brehany, her husband, John, and their children became members of the Regina Luminis Academy community in 2010.  John’s work brought them to the Philadelphia area, and the opportunity to place their youngest three of their seven children in RLA for a Catholic, classical education brought them to Downingtown. Since then, those three have all graduated from the RLA elementary school and two of them from the high school.  The third is currently a sophomore at RLA. Marybeth has been highly involved at RLA these past ten years first as a parent volunteer, later as the office manager, and most recently as a teacher at almost every grade level.


Marybeth graduated from the University of San Francisco and the Saint Ignatius Institute with a BA in History.  She received her MA in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Catechetics from the Notre Dame Catechetical Institute, now the Graduate School of Theology at Christendom College, and was also awarded an Advanced Apostolic Diploma in Catechetics from the Congregation for the Clergy.  She is a trained Life Teen Youth Minister.  She has also been certified as a Level I and II catechist for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by CGSUSA.


Having a love of learning, Marybeth and John were involved with four other couples in founding Holy Family Academy (HFA) (, a thriving preK-8 independent Catholic school near Mt. Angel, Oregon, in 1993.  John was president of the Board of Directors, and Marybeth served as a language arts and history teacher.  The Brehany family eventually had to move away from Oregon.  During the years that followed, they missed the classical education and family friendly environment of HFA as they experienced education in both public and diocesan schools and at home. Discovering Regina Luminis Academy was the answer to prayer, and helping it grow is a joy.   

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