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Catholic Schools Week with Students Molly and Macie Pennisi
Rachelle Garbarine

Editor's Note – To celebrate Catholic Schools Week we will post stories during the week that spotlight members of our school community, from students and parents to educators and coaches, and why they decided to join the Gibbons family and share in the special joy of Catholic education generally and of a Gibbons education specifically. The stories they share celebrate what makes Gibbons special.

 

Catholic Schools Week with Gibbons students.

 

For sisters, Molly ’20 and Macie ’23 Pennisi, growing in their spiritual lives is integral to why they wanted to attend a Catholic high school.

“The Catholic faith is very important to our family …and we wanted a school that supported our values and beliefs and where we could speak freely about God,” notes Molly.

Macie adds that being in a community “centered around Christ,” was equally vital.

Asked why Gibbons was the ultimate choice, Molly, the older sister, explains: “I was drawn to Gibbons because of the multiple opportunities it offers to continue strengthening my faith and my relationship with God… as well as to get involved with sports and clubs.”
 
With her sister already at Gibbons, notes Macie, it was “always on the top” of her list” of schools to attend. “Through the tiniest things such as picking up my sister from school, I saw how lively and bright the environment was,” she adds.

In the last year, Macie has discovered even more about Gibbons. “I love how I can come as early or stay as late as I want, and there is always something to do,” she says.

What Molly likes most about the school is its homey feel. “Ever since I first stepped foot on campus, I've always noticed and appreciated how welcoming everyone is,” she says.

The sisters agree that what makes Gibbons distinctive is its educators, who they describe as supportive and encouraging. They also like the many engagement opportunities the school offers.  

Molly is involved with retreats, which she describes as enjoyable and impactful, and is a member of the math club and swim team, among other co-curricular programs. Macie is in the Pro-Life Club, played varsity field hockey in the fall, ran winter track, and hopes to play soccer this spring. Both participate in FYI and the Morning Music Ministry.

To the sisters, having a Catholic education is an invaluable gift. “I would not know as much about Christ that I do now, which is why I am thankful for the opportunity to have a Catholic education,” says Macie.

Molly adds: “Having a Catholic education means gathering the tools necessary to defend the faith and living out Christ’s mission...”

 

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