(Pictured: St. Benedict School Catholic Centennial planning committee members met Sept. 7th to finalize details for the upcoming mass.)


St. Benedict Catholic School (SBCS) has officially reached a milestone that few institutions achieve. On September 6, just days ago, the small private school celebrated its 100th anniversary. SBCS first opened its doors in Elberta, Alabama, on September 6, 1921. That first year, sixty children attended in 1st – 8th grade and were taught reading, math, religion and German. School was dismissed in early May to allow the children to work the farms. 

“A lot of things have changed at St. Benedict since we first opened our doors one hundred years ago,” said Dr. Kathleen McCool, Principal of St. Benedict. “But, what hasn’t changed, is our dedication to inspiring young lives to pray, serve, lead and succeed.” 

In honor of this momentous occasion, St. Benedict is hosting a special Centennial Mass concelebrated by Archbishop Rodi and the supporting parish priests on Saturday, September 18th. The Mass will begin at 10am in the St. Benedict School Gymnasium located at 12786 Illinois Street in Elberta, Alabama 36530.  The public is encouraged to attend.  COVID safety protocols will be followed (please wear a mask).

St. Benedict Catholic School is currently enrolling students for PK3 – 8th grade for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information on the Centennial Mass or enrollment, you can visit SaintBenedict.net or email the school registrar at rkrehling@saintbenedict.net.


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St. Benedict Catholic School is a private Pre Kindergarten through Middle School serving the Baldwin County communities of Lillian, Elberta, Foley, Bon Secour, Magnolia Springs, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and surrounding areas in South Alabama.