Biography of Rev. R. P. Gibbons
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Rev. R. P. Gibbons, pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Leetonia, is among the highly esteemed and influential citizens of Columbiana County. He was born in Cleveland, April 28, 1884, and is the son of John P. and Ellen (O'Connor) Gibbons.

John P. Gibbons, who lives retired in Cleveland, was connected with the Sherwin-Williams Company of that city as division superintendent during his active career. Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons have the following children: Mary Ellen, a sister of Charity, Cleveland; R. P., the subject of this sketch; Julia and Bernard, both at home.

Rev. R. P. Gibbons received his early education at Cathedral School and St. Ignatius College, Cleveland. He then attended St. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester, N. Y., and was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1911. He served as chaplain at the Old Soldiers' Home, Sandusky, Ohio, for one year, as assistant pastor at St. Mary's Church, Akron, Ohio, and was connected with St. Columba's Church, Youngstown, Ohio, for six years. Father Gibbons has been identified with St. Patrick's Church, Leetonia, as pastor since March 23, 1923.

A new school building was erected by the church in 1924 at a cost of $38,000. The enrollment is 225 students. Work in this undertaking, as well as other church improvements, was carried on by the tireless efforts of Father Gibbons. An early history of St. Patrick's Catholic Church follows.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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