• Saints Peter & Paul School Mission

    Saints Peter & Paul School Mission

    Saints Peter & Paul School is a Catholic Elementary School conducted by the parish to provide a thoroughly Catholic education which is centered in the person and gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest continuously operating school in the Diocese of Buffalo.
  • Saints Peter & Paul School Mission

    Saints Peter & Paul School Mission

    Saints Peter & Paul School is a Catholic Elementary School conducted by the parish to provide a thoroughly Catholic education which is centered in the person and gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest continuously operating school in the Diocese of Buffalo.
  • Saints Peter & Paul School Mission

    Saints Peter & Paul School Mission

    Saints Peter & Paul School is a Catholic Elementary School conducted by the parish to provide a thoroughly Catholic education which is centered in the person and gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest continuously operating school in the Diocese of Buffalo.
  • Saints Peter & Paul School Mission

    Saints Peter & Paul School Mission

    Saints Peter & Paul School is a Catholic Elementary School conducted by the parish to provide a thoroughly Catholic education which is centered in the person and gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest continuously operating school in the Diocese of Buffalo.

About Us

Saints Peter and Paul School is a Catholic Elementary School in Williamsville, NY which is conducted by the parish to provide a thoroughly Catholic education which is centered in the person and gospel of Jesus Christ.

The administration, faculty and staff of the school are dedicated to providing a positive creative atmosphere which will nurture each student’s development spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. Together they are dedicated to being an enriching, empowering and challenging element in the growth of each child; an element that will help them observe, explore, interpret and judge their experiences, ascribe a Christian meaning to their lives and act according to the norms of faith and love.

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Philosophy of Education

Being here
Train soul and mind,
Going forth
Serve God and country.


By their fruits you shall know them.
What does it profit a man
if he gain the whole world
but suffer the loss of his own soul.
The two quotes above are inscribed on the walls of the building which houses Ss. Peter and Paul School. They embody the philosophy and purpose of the school as it has existed throughout the years. The administration, faculty and staff of the school are dedicated to providing a positive creative atmosphere which will nurture each student’s development spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. Together they are dedicated to being an enriching, empowering and challenging element in the growth of each child; an element that will help them observe, explore, interpret and judge their experiences, ascribe a Christian meaning to their lives and act according to the norms of faith and love.

This school is not just a building of brick and mortar, but one of living stones ~ people touched by God, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and provides each person with visions and values for life which are God~centered.

Mission

Saints Peter and Paul School is a Catholic elementary school conducted by the parish to provide a thoroughly Catholic education which is centered in the person and gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest continuously operating school in the Diocese of Buffalo.

Vision

The administration, faculty and staff of the school are dedicated to providing a positive , creative atmosphere that will nurture each student’s development spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. Together they are dedicated to being an enriching, empowering and challenging element in the growth of each child; an element that will help them observe, explore, interpret and judge their experiences, ascribe a Christian meaning to their lives and act according to the norms of faith and love.

School Goals

“The children should walk away from each school day with something special that they would not have received in just any school: an increased awareness that we are brothers and sisters in the faith before we are teachers or students, administrators or parents.”

Ss. Peter and Paul School exists…

  • to provide formation of each student in the Catholic Christian way of life.
  • to provide information to each child about the various academic disciplines.
  • to train each child to use his or her talents: academic, social, physical and artistic in the best way possible.
  • to assist parents in the total formation of their child(ren).

History

Even before the arrival of Father John Neumann in 1836, Ss. Peter and Paul School had its beginnings in a private home in Williamsville. Upon Fr. Neumann’s arrival, classes were moved to the home of Philip Wirtz. Fr. Neumann, pastor, assumed the duties of teacher. Later in 1857, the home of Mrs. Betsy Grove was purchased and used as the classic one room school house. When construction of the present day church began in 1862, the former church was used as a second school until 1871. The old church was torn down and classes were held in the new church basement. In 1893 Pastor Rev. Martin Phillips discovered the need for a new school. With $3,000.00 donated by 6 families, a new school was constructed.

In 1919 Rev. Walter F. Fornes was appointed the first American-born pastor. He was greatly concerned with the development of the parish school. In 1920 he expanded the school to double its size, giving primary grades individual rooms. e also felt a strong need to provide a parochial high school, so courses were introduced in 1920. The school was named Neumann High School.

Rev. Fornes deemed it necessary to separate the high school student from the grammar school children. With this philosophy, it was decided that one wing of the eventual three-unit, three story brick and stone building be constructed. In June of 1929 the first class graduated from the newly completed auditorium.

In 1952 during Msgr. George Zimpfer’s pastorate, the cornerstone of the present-day building was laid with the whole-hearted cooperation of the parishioners. This new building held both grammar and high school students. As a result of the increasing number of grammar school students, the high school relocated.

Under Msgr. Nelson Logal’s pastorate, from 1973 to 1985, Bingo was introduced to the school and parish and all proceeds were designated to benefit the school. The schools first computers, first copy machine, audio visual equipment along with many other educational aides were purchased as a direct result of Bingo (which has since been discontinued).

Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, Auxiliary Bishop of the Buffalo Diocese was pastor from 1985 until 1990. Bishop Trautman, has a great love of Catholic education, and extensively renovated the school building and displayed untiring and dedicated interest in everything pertaining to the school and its children.

In 1990 Msgr. David M. Gallivan became pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul. Msgr. Gallivan taught his parishioners how to assume active leadership roles in the parish. He also moved the parish office to the rear of the parish property on Glen Avenue and reconfigured the school building. Msgr. Gallivan left the parish in March of 1999.

From 1999 to 2004, Rev. James O’Connor served as pastor. He was deeply committed to the care of our parish and school. Fr. O’Connor restored the church to its original traditional beauty and oversaw the remodeling of the Neuman Center in the basement of the church.

In 2005, our present pastor, Rev. Jerry Kopec, came to Ss. Peter and Paul. He was warmly greeted by members of the parish. Fr. Kopec has brought his love of liturgy, Catholic education and sense of humor to Ss. Peter and Paul. He has worked diligently to meet the demands of a rapidly growing parish and school.