Visitors Counter

Since 2011


In September of 1938, St. Peter Claver School opened under the direction of Sr. Pulcheria (Ann Maria) Ginschel.  Its purpose was to meet the needs of the black community in a segregated city.  In 1939, Sr. Celine Keck joined Sr. Pulcheria as a second teacher.  This was a two-room school, with eight grades, and many of the students were non-Catholic.  Many of the children were poor and received financial support from the parish.

The two classrooms were in the upper story of the church.  This building was once the home of  Walter Traveler Smith.  His mother was once a slave, owned by a Mr. Twymen, who willed that upon his death his slaves were to be set free.  They settled in Burlington, Lawrence Co, Ohio.  All census records show Sr. Smith’s name to be William T. Smith, and his mother’s name was Nancy, born in 1823, Virginia.  He was born in Virginia in 1849, and was living in Burlington, Ohio in 1880; by 1910 he and his family have moved on to Huntington. He is listed as a farmer, carpenter, and teacher.

Although segregation in the schools became illegal in 1954, it took years to enforce this law.  Finally, in 1965, the little school in Huntington was no longer needed.  The students were transferred to other parochial schools in the city: St. Joseph School, Sacred Heart School, and Our Lady of Fatima School.


Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *


"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)



"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)



"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)



"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)



"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)