Cardinal Gibbons families joined together as a faithful community on a Saturday earlier this month for a day of service and fellowship. In the morning, families worked at service projects and in the evening they attended the Spring Social as a way for parents to gather and enjoy being together as parents. The day, sponsored by the Cardinal Gibbons Family Association, brought families together to help others but also to build new bonds or strengthen old ones with other Cardinal Gibbons families.
During the morning, the Family Association worked with community service groups to put together the Third Annual Family Service Day. Nearly 300 members of the Gibbons community participated in many different service opportunities throughout the Triangle.
They included sorting and processing 275 pounds of clothing for Note in the Pocket. Those clothes will go to a child in Wake County to have a week's worth of school clothing. Some 41 Gibbons volunteers also donated 31 pints of blood, which will help save up to 93 people. And our volunteers working at Interfaith Food Shuttle's Mobile Market prepared fresh produce bags for 187 home-bound people.
Gibbons parent Kim Eyerman, who helped with the event, summarized the morning activities. "Gibbons Gathers service projects, to me, represent the truest form of our Catholic faith in action. While this family service day helps carry out the mission of Cardinal Gibbons, it is really about our school community connecting with each other, and supporting our neighbors," she said. "It allows us to do what really matters in life and faith, people helping other people."
At night, families enjoyed an evening of fellowship and celebrated the Gibbons parent community by attending the Spring Social.
Cardinal Gibbons High School is excited to announce that alumnus and former Gibbons Theology educator Gary Meyerl '82 is returning to his alma mater this summer as the Director of Outreach.
For the 2017-2018 school year Meyerl will work alongside Agnes Penny, current Director of Outreach. Penny has served in Spiritual Life at Gibbons for over 20 years and has built a strong, faith-filled service program that serves as a model for other Catholic high schools.Part of the school's strategic plan is to introduce new service initiatives in the 2017-2018 academic year that will expand on our existing faith-based and leadership experiences, Principal Jason Curtis said. "Gary's passion for Catholic education, dedication and commitment to Gibbons' mission and wealth of experience as an educator, administrator and campus ministry leader makes him the ideal choice to head this initiative."
Meyerl, who holds a bachelor's degree in Theology from Loyola University in MD, has been involved in Catholic education his entire life and brings with him 31 years of classroom, administration and outreach experience. He has held key roles as an educator, principal, and campus ministry director at various educational institutions, including Calvert Hall College High School and Cardinal Gibbons, both in Maryland.
In addition, Meyerl (pictured above left with Gibbons educator Will Catterson) worked as Assistant Executive Director of the Secondary Schools Department at the National Catholic Educational Association in Washington, DC, and as Sponsorship Associate at Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools in Baltimore, MD. He returns to his alma mater after serving three years as Director of Mission and Ministry at The John Carroll School in Bel Air Maryland, where he said he "is grateful to have served while his daughters attended school there."
In his new position, Meyerl said he will work with the current Director of Outreach, Agnes Penny "to help our students see the connection between outreach/service and our call as missionary disciples to help create a more just and compassionate society."
For his part, Meyerl said he is thrilled "to return to the community where the seeds of my vocation to become a Catholic educator were first planted."
Meyerl was inducted into the Cardinal Gibbons Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013. At his graduation from Gibbons, he received the Bishop Waters Memorial Award, which is given to a student who has shown outstanding witness to their faith, by living out each day in the Christian call to holiness.
As for the future, Meyerl said he is looking forward "to using service as the tool to foster in our Gibbons community a desire to use our God-given gifts and talents to help build a more just and compassionate society."
Curtis said he is pleased to join Mrs. Penny and the entire Gibbons community in welcoming Meyerl back home!
Impressive! That's the word many people used to describe seeing over 200 student-dancers gather on stage for the 2017 spring dance concert finale. But what happened during the concert, which took place April 5-8, was equally impressive.
During the one-and-a-half-hour production students, from beginners to advanced, performed dances in a variety of styles. They ranged from contemporary and jazz to hip-hop, musical theatre, and ballet.
There also were original choreographed pieces sprinkled in between. While Brooks Owens, dance program director, and Alina Vance, dance educator, created most of the pieces, students choreographed a few as well.
"The love for dance and performing runs deep in the Gibbons Dance Program," Owens said, adding that the concert showcases the talent of so many dancers."
In the 11 years since Owens has directed the program it has grown from 34 to 214 students who are part of the Gibbons dance community. One of them is senior Katherine Mosca, who has been a member of the program since her freshman year.
"The Gibbons Dance Program has allowed me not only to continue my career as a dancer, but also to develop into the person I want to be," said Katherine. "I have been able to branch out of my comfort zone by experiencing new styles of dance ... and by having an ongoing support system from my classmates and teacher."