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