Na­tional Cen­tre for Padre Pio an­nounces new ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - From Ni­cholas Salkowski

The Na­tional Cen­tre for Padre Pio is pleased to an­nounce that Hunt­ing­don Val­ley, res­i­dent Nick Gib­boni has been ap­pointed ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor.

Nick’s ca­reer has been var­ied, hav­ing worked for the Dio­cese of Tren­ton, N.J., early on be­fore work­ing for cor­po­ra­tions in the pri­vate sec­tor for five years and later spend­ing seven years in lead­er­ship roles in both Oper­a­tions and De­vel­op­ment for the Cen­tral As­so­ci­a­tion of the Mirac­u­lous Medal and the Mirac­u­lous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia. Hav­ing worked in both the busi­ness and non­profit sec­tors, he brings with him a var­ied skill set. All of these are as­sets he hopes will help the Cen­tre and its mis­sion con­tinue to flour­ish for years to come.

Nick at­tended pub­lic schools in Lower Moreland Town­ship in Mont­gomery County, fol­lowed by Millersville Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. Af­ter his grad­u­a­tion from col­lege, he dis­cerned a vo­ca­tion to the priest­hood, par­tic­i­pat­ing in sem­i­nary for­ma­tion for the Dio­cese of Har­ris­burg be­fore ul­ti­mately con­firm­ing his vo­ca­tion to mar­ried life.

Padre Pio is not new to Nick. He first learned about the saint in his reli­gion class dur­ing his fresh­man year of high school. “Iron­i­cally, or per­haps prov­i­den­tially, the class was taught by a for­mer sec­re­tary of Vera Ca­lan­dra, the Cen­tre’s Foundress,” he said. Nick was fas­ci­nated by what he learned dur­ing that first in­tro­duc­tion to the saint. “As a young man, what struck me the most were the ex­ter­nals such as his vis­i­ble stig­mata as well as re­ports of his bilo­ca­tion and read­ing souls dur­ing con­fes­sion. But later, it oc­curred to me that along with these came great ho­li­ness and an in­ti­mate union with Christ through suf­fer­ing.”

When he learned that the Cen­tre was ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of hir­ing an ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, Nick was im­me­di­ately in­ter­ested. “One can’t help but be amazed when vis­it­ing the Cen­tre. Not only by the pow­er­ful life and sto­ries of Padre Pio which are pre­sented there, or the beauty of the fa­cil­i­ties them­selves, but also by the piety of the peo­ple who come to pray each day.”

“Though they are quick to give the credit for the de­vel­op­ment of the Cen­tre to Our Lord and the in­ter­ces­sion of Padre Pio, what the Ca­lan­dra fam­ily and other de­voted staff have ac­com­plished at the Na­tional Cen­tre through their decades of hard work is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble,” Nick said. I feel truly hon­ored and hum­bled to be a mem­ber of this min­istry.”

Nick and his wife Nicole of 15 years live in Hunt­ing­don Val­ley, where they are rais­ing their two sons. The Na­tional Cen­tre for Padre Pio, lo­cated in Barto, wel­comes all visi­tors to our beau­ti­ful “Home of Padre Pio in the USA.” The Cen­tre pro­vides a sanc­tu­ary for prayer and pil­grim­age to God through the in­ter­ces­sion of St. Pio of Pi­etrel­cina. Along with a Spir­i­tu­al­ity Cen­tre and Mu­seum, it also houses a replica of the Our Lady of Grace chapel in San Gio­vanni Ro­tondo, Italy, the long-time home of Saint Pio. Visit www. PadrePio.org.

PHOTO BY ANNE PRYCE

Nick Gib­boni, new ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Na­tional Cen­tre for Padre Pio

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