Over the years, Susan Gibbs, who has served as spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington for 13 years, has been a huge help to me on various OSV stories. She is one of those people you just know you can count on -- for whatever you need, even when the story might be a tough one for her folks. Gibbs has announced that she is leaving her post to start her own PR company. We wish her best of luck.
From a post on The Washington Post site:
Cardinal Donald Wuerl may be the official face of Washington Catholicism, but for anyone active behind the scenes, Gibbs has been the name to know, a fierce defender of the church, respected and feared by priests and journalists alike. The D.C. native, 46, is starting her own PR firm after stepping down Friday from what she called "the happiest job of my life." But "this is a job that is seven days a week," she told us. "I've been on call 24 hours a day for 13 years."
Known for writing super-detailed, theology-heavy e-mails, Gibbs shaped the local image of the church through the sexual abuse crisis and landmark events such as Pope Benedict XVI's 2008 visit. She spearheaded one of the archdiocese's most popular ad campaigns -- a back-to-confession movement whose "The Light Is On for You" catchphrase spread to other cities.
Read the full story HERE.