GIBBONS DIVISION The men of Division 1 in Jefferson name their division after James Cardinal Gibbons (1834-1921), the renowned Archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland. (Pictured below) The leading American prelate at the turn of the century, Gibbons was a pastor and Civil War chaplain before becoming secretary to the Archbishop of Baltimore (1865), Bishop and Apostolic Vicar of North Carolina, and Bishop of Richmond (1872). In 1877, Gibbons was named Archbishop of Baltimore and presided over a national Church Council that established Catholic University where he became its first chancellor.
A prudent leader as Archbishop, he discouraged ethnically separate parishes, circumvented Church condemnation of the Knights of Labor, and acted as an interpreter between the Vatican and American Catholics. In 1911, two U.S. Presidents joined in observing the 50th Anniversary of his ordination. Gibbons’ writings included The Faith of Our Fathers (1876), a simple exposition of beliefs, which became a Catholic best-seller.
The Cardinal Gibbons Division comprises all members of the Ancient Order who live in Jefferson Parish and the outlying suburbs south and west of New Orleans.