Saint Agnes History St. Agnes Parish has a long and interesting history. It could never be totally captured here but as you enter our web site our desire is to give the visitor a thumbnail sketch of the beginnings of Catholicism in West Chester and what is now called St. Agnes Parish.Notes contained in the West Chester Historical Society tell us that "prior to 1812 the only church building in West Chester was a miniature one of Catholic persuasion, erected in 1793 where now stands the present edifice". The first church was a one story brick structure containing three windows on each side with a front door facing west. It accommodated 150 people. A Father Patrick Kenney arrived in America in 1804 and very shortly thereafter he began his work in West Chester. Father Kenny made monthly visits to chapels in West Chester, Coffee Run, DE, Wilmington, DE and New Castle, DE. Father Kenny died on March 21, 1840 at the age of 77. Saint Agnes Elementary School in West Chester, Pennsylvania opens its doors daily to provide a nurturing, affirming environment for over 500 students, pre-kindergarten through grade eight. Saint Agnes School is an exceptional place of learning ; an outstanding staff of faith-filled, dedicated professionals and parents collaborate in the learning process that integrates the religious formation program with sound intellectual preparation in the academic areas of the curriculum. The vision of the principal and school staff is that of a peace-filled school community in which both students and staff treat one another with care and respect. The mission of Saint Agnes School is to teach Christ's message in a faith-shared community through worship of God and service to His people. The [ Pullout: ] message of Christ gives each of us a share in the vision of God, the world, and ourselves. An integral part of the parish since 1871, Saint Agnes Catholic School is fully committed to being a school for the twenty-first century. The deep roots and fertile ground tilled during the past one hundred twenty-eight years catapult the school and its members forward to continue to be a school of excellence in the service of God and His Church. For more information, please contact Saint Agnes School. Our Risen Lord Jesus embraces all of our children throughout their lives. Getting to know Jesus is a lifelong process. Saint Agnes Parish School of Religion supports you the parents in helping to bring the love of Jesus to the hearts of your children.