The Guardians of St. Patrick’s Elementary School Foundation Inc. is hosting the 100th Anniversary Gala 7-10 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Greater Oneida Kallet Civic Center in Oneida. St. Patrick’s School is celebrating 100 years of exceptional Catholic Christian education for the young people of our community, committed to faith development, academic excellence and service to others.
The longevity of the school is a testament to the selfless dedication of benefactors, volunteers, families, teachers, staff, administrators and parishioners for over a century. The preparations for the school began many years before construction started. The Rev. John H. McGraw came to St. Patrick’s Church in October 1913 with a goal to build a parochial school. In 1919, Father McGraw announced the property behind the church had been purchased for the school. Bishop John Grimes laid the cornerstone on Sept. 19, 1920. The dedication of the school and convent took place on Sept. 4, 1921. The sacrament of confirmation was administered the same day and Bishop Grimes blessed every room of the building. More than 3,000 people attended the event. The school opened to students on Sept. 7, 1921. The six faculty members were nuns from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Order from Scranton, Pa.
In 2015, St. Patrick’s earned the Middle States Accreditation, making St. Pat’s the only elementary school in Madison County to be granted this expression of confidence in an institution’s mission and goals, performance and resources. St. Patrick’s continues to be a faith-centered community, focused on promoting academic excellence while developing a strong moral conscience in our students. We serve families from Canastota, Morrisville-Eaton, Cazenovia, Chittenango, VVS, Madison, Camden, Stockbridge, Waterville, Jamesville and Oneida.
The school has undergone additional structural and technological upgrades in recent years. St. Patrick’s remained open during the coronavirus pandemic and continues to grow and thrive. With the enthusiastic support of Father Chris Ballard and Father Nathan Brooks, our enrollment is 120 strong, and includes students of all faiths. Tuition assistance is available based on family need. The Guardians of St. Patrick’s Elementary School Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in response to an increasing need for financial support for current and future students.
To make reservations or buy tickets to the 100th Anniversary Gala, please call St Patrick’s School at 315-363-3620.