In August of 1991, the parents of 79 children took a leap of faith and enrolled their children in K4 – 1st grade in an eight-room education wing of the parish complex.
The new school consisted of five classrooms, a library, a work room and an office. As grades were added, the existing space diminished until, in 1995, Father Laughlin was given permission by the bishop at that time, to construct a new building on the church property on Lady’s Island. Through the support of the parishioners, and the vision of the pastor, St. Peter’s Catholic School was built in its current location.
Following our example, Catholic schools were opened on Hilton Head in 1996 and in Bluffton in 2006. This has allowed a blessing that even Father Laughlin couldn’t have dreamed of: the opening of a Catholic high school in our area! With the opening of nearby John Paul II Catholic School in 2013, Beaufort families have the opportunity for Catholic education from K3 through 12th grade.