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This post contains the full text of Head of School Jeff Bell's weekly message sent via email to all parents, students and educators.

Head of School Jeff Bell stands in front of the Mission Wall in the main lobby.

Mr. Jeff Bell begins his tenure as the first Head of School in the 110-year history of Cardinal Gibbons on July 1, 2020.

Over the last two months, Bell has been working with Interim Principal Nancy Barkan, the Board of Directors, diocesan leaders, and educators to make the leadership transition at Gibbons as smooth as possible.

Head of School Jeff Bell

This post contains the full text of Head of School Jeff Bell's weekly message sent via email to all parents, students and educators.

September 2, 2020

Dear Gibbons Community, 

I hope you have had a good week. My ongoing thanks for everything that each of you is doing to keep our community safe and healthy. As you know, we are continuing to adapt and change in this ever-evolving environment. However, there is something at Cardinal Gibbons that is immutable: our Catholic identity. 

In previous times, by this point in the year, we would have already gone on multiple retreats, participated in many outreach opportunities, and had our All School Mass. At this point, these types of activities are not possible. In the last week and a half, the faith and spirit of our community have been evident in so many ways. They include the kindnesses our students have shown so many of our educators and the positive energy that is still evident among our students even as they endure the numerous challenges that being on campus less often presents. However, it is important that we celebrate who we are and what we believe as a Catholic community.

September 4 is the feast day of St. Rosalia. She was a hermitess and lived in a cave outside of Palermo, Italy. She died in 1166. According to, “In 1625, during a period of plague, she appeared in a vision to a hunter near her cave. Her relics were discovered, brought to Palermo, and paraded through the street. Three days later the plague ended, intercession to Rosalia was credited with saving the city, and she was proclaimed its patroness.”

As I mentioned above, we have not had the space to truly celebrate our Catholic identity fully due to the challenges of opening the school during a pandemic and the limitations that we have faced by all of our necessary protocols. As such, we will not be holding classes on Friday. We will hold a Mass at 9 a.m. on the campus green beneath the tents to celebrate the feast day of St. Rosalia and to pray for those affected by COVID-19 and for our educators. Following the governor’s orders, we can have up to 50 people at this Mass. Anyone in the community is welcome. Please sign up here. 

We will adjust the calendar for next week, which you can find here. As we continue to learn more about how best to serve our students, we may continue to make adjustments to the calendar in the coming weeks. Thanks for your understanding and support as we navigate these challenging times. 

Finally, if you would like to offer an intention for Friday’s Mass, please enter it into this form

I hope you have a lovely and blessed long weekend. Please stay safe and please don’t send your student to school next week if they have had any risk of exposure to COVID-19. 


Jeff Bell
Head of School

Board of Directors

The Cardinal Gibbons High School Board of Directors for 2019-2020

Rev. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Rev. John Durbin
Mr. Jeff Gredvig
Mrs. Annette Jay
Mrs. Megan Mazzocchi - Vice Chair
Rev. Scott McCue
Mrs. Kathleen Olechovsky
Mrs. Pat Phillips
Mr. Blaine C. Short
Mr. Tim Throndson - Chair
Mr. Tyler Zimmerman '12

Staff to the Board:
Mrs. Nancy Barkan
Dr. John Pendergrass 

Cardinal Gibbons High School Liaison:
Mrs. Kendra Burns 

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