Fr. Romen Acero, Assistant Principal for Spiritual Life, celebrates Mass in 2012. By Dan Jukic/Gibbons Media.The Gibbons community celebrated Mass together during Dedication Day on August 29, 2013. By Mike Koppinger/Landmark Yearbook

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life is at the very heart of the Cardinal Gibbons community and our programs serve to foster the spiritual development of our students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends. 

Through our daily and All School celebrations of the Eucharist, our prayer at the beginning and end of the school day, our service to the community, our student-led retreats, and the promotion of our Catholic identity and vocations, we seek to put Jesus Christ at the very center of all we do at Gibbons.

Through Spiritual Life at Gibbons, young people talk about their faith openly and practice it with enthusiasm alongside their classmates, peer leaders, faculty and staff, and Spiritual Life staff.

Our staff, resources, and programs are growing in vitality.  Gibbons now offers multiple overnight, voluntary retreats for every grade level.  
During the 2010 school year, the Cardinal Gibbons Pallbearer Society was launched.  The Pallbearer Society provides services for those who not otherwise have such services.  The Pallbearer Society carries out the Corporal Work of Mercy to “Bury the Dead.”

We encourage you to seriously consider the many opportunities you have here to deepen your love for and relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church, to discover opportunities for prayer and worship, and to deepen your understanding of how God's love and grace are at work in your life.

We have a very dedicated and diverse Spiritual Life staff.  Three full time faculty members serve in this department and work alongside other dedicated faculty and staff members who serve in liturgical ministry, as support staff and as Adult Retreat Leaders.

Contact Assistant Principal for Spiritual Life Fr. Romen Acero for more information about Spiritual Life at Cardinal Gibbons.

Tuesday, December 10th: 

Hunger Campaign

Today, Pope Francis is starting a global campaign to combat world hunger called One Human Family, Food For All.  As a part of the campaign, the Holy Father has asked that on December 10th, people around the world join in prayer at Noon so that the world will be encircled with a wave of prayer to end hunger for a period of 24 hours.

Almost 1 billion people (one out of every eight people in the world) experience chronic hunger or malnourishment, and the Holy Father has started this initiative to assist in the efforts to eradicate hunger by the year 2025.

The Cardinal Gibbons High School community will join in this prayer on December 10th, and will continue to pray and work for an increase in charity and compassion.

The campaign prayer for can be found here.

For more information please view the news story at the Diocese of Raleigh: Pope Francis Releases Video in Call for Stand Against Scandal of Hunger

Friday, November 1st: All Saints Day, All School Mass

Friday, September 6: Eucharistic Adoration for peace in the world

Please join us in Queen of All Saints Chapel, 8:00 am-3:00 pm in prayer for peace in the world.

O God of hope and Father of mercy, your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs. Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies. Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria, and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.


Spiritual Life Fair: August 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Please come to the Piazza at 3:00 pm and find the many opportunties that students have at Gibbons to do ministries and serve God's people. All are welcome.


We welcome our Pope Francis as we continue praying for him and for the Church

Please join us in prayer for Pope Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, our new pope and Bishop of Rome. May the Lord bless him with many years of Spirit-filled leadership for the Church and for the whole world.


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Ms. Joan Troy

Faculty & Staff
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Departments(s) 1:1 Faculty Space, Academic Council, Mathematics, Spiritual Life
Title(s) Teacher of Math, Department Chair
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Degree(s) M.Ed., Campbell University 1981
B.S. Mathematics, Greensboro College 1978
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Cardinal Gibbons High School    
1401 Edwards Mill Rd.     
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: (919) 834-1625
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Cardinal Gibbons High School is a college preparatory school of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. We embrace the mission of Jesus Christ: to form men and women of faith, service, and leadership in church and community.
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