The History of Saint Brigid of Kildare School

Saint Brigid of Kildare School opened its doors on August 28, 1996 with 328 students in preschool through grade six, the first new school in the Diocese of Columbus in over 35 years. Built on hundreds of years of tradition in American Catholic education, Saint Brigid School began forging its own identity in the suburban community of Dublin, Ohio, where a school in the Catholic tradition had never previously existed.

Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish began to explore the possibility of a school in 1991. In the fall of 1992, a survey was taken to determine the level of interest in a parochial school. In early 1993, an Education Task force was established to plan for the educational future of the parish and to outline the implementation of that plan. A parish meeting was held in May of 1993 to involve the parishioners in the project. By September of 1993, the Education Task Force recommended the building of a Parish Education Center to the parish steering committee.

In the early fall of 1994, a building committee was formed. A capital campaign began in 1995 to generate the funds needed to pursue the planned education center. On August 27, 1995, as the campaign entered its final and crucial phase, a Day of Prayer brought parishioners together to focus their efforts and to draw the parish into deeper fellowship with God and with each other.

Sister Barbara Jinks, O.P. was hired in the summer of 1995 to oversee the building of the Parish Education Center, to gather necessary data for opening an elementary school, and to continue meeting with parishioners interested in the elementary school.

On October 1, 1995, Bishop James Griffin celebrated 11:30 Mass at Saint Brigid, followed by a solemn ground breaking for the Parish Education Center. Exactly a year and a day after the Parish Day of Prayer, the doors of Saint Brigid of Kildare School opened to the strains of bagpipe music as the children entered their new school for the first time.

Eighteen years later, Saint Brigid of Kildare School is now home to over 650 students in preschool through grade eight.