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.”
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!