The Diocese of Palm Beach

19 Catholic Schools

14 Elementary Schools
2 Stand Alone Preschools
1 Special Education Program
3 Secondary Schools

23% of students grades Pre-K to 12 attending DoPB schools did so on a school choice scholarship.

    Under the leadership of Bishop Gerald Barbarito and Superintendent Gary Gelo, the Diocese of Palm Beach serves 6,189 students at 19 schools

    Bishop Barbarito

    Born in Brooklyn, New York on January 4, 1950, Bishop Barbarito was ordained to the presbyterate by Brooklyn Bishop Francis J. Mugavero of St. Francis of Assisi, Astoria, on January 31, 1976. After ordination, he was assigned to St. Helen Church in Howard Beach, Queens. Bishop Barbarito was ordained as auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Brooklyn on August 22, 1994 by Bishop Thomas V. Daily. In 1999, Bishop Barbarito was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, where he was installed on January 7, 2000, at St. Mary Cathedral. Since his ordination in 1994, Bishop Barbarito has served as a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on the Relationship between Eastern and Latin Rite Catholic Churches, as well as the Canonical Affairs Committee. He is currently serving on the Committee for Safe Environments. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). The Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito installed as bishop of Palm Beach on August 28, 2003. In addition to his positions with the USCCB, Bishop Barbarbito serves as the Vice President of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops and is the Episcopal Liaison for its Education Committee.

    Gary Gelo

    Gary Gelo has worked in Catholic education for 30 years. He has experience as a high school teacher, dean of students, elementary principal, superintendent, and consultant. He is currently Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Palm Beach, FL. He is also currently an adjunct consultant with Catholic School Management, Inc.
    Previously, he served as Senior Consultant with Meitler Consultants, Inc. where he directed projects for Dioceses, high schools, and elementary schools in strategic planning, new school studies, school consolidations, boards and governance issues, and other areas.
    Gary also served as Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Charleston, SC and Shreveport, LA.
    As founding Principal of All Saints Catholic School in Charlotte, he emphasized parent involvement, collaborative decision-making, and innovative classroom instruction as part of a regional school system. In its second year of existence the school became the largest Catholic school in NC.
    Mr. Gelo also served as Principal of Blessed Sacrament School in Burlington, NC. Under his direction, the school was recognized as a National School of Excellence through the United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Program.
    In his first position in Catholic education, Mr. Gelo taught religion and history at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, NC. He also served as Dean of Students and Campus Ministry Coordinator.
    Mr. Gelo received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration from the Catholic School Leadership Program at Boston College.