2021 SSA Gala St. Dominic Award Winner Gordon Leipold

Gordon was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in 1945 with his mother and sister to be near his maternal aunt after his father's death.  Gordon met his wife, Nyla, while they were both attending college at Kent State University.  They married in 1960 and in July of this year will be married 61 years!  Gordon and Nyla started their married life in Washington, DC where Gordon attended graduate school while Nyla was employed teaching.  After the birth of their first of four children, Gordon took a sales job with Fisher Scientific (now Thermo-Fisher Scientific).

After various moves to Boston, New York, and New Jersey, Gordon moved the family to Brussels, Belgium. While there, Gordon and Nyla joined a Charismatic Christian Community that was born out of the relationship between Cardinal Leo Josef Suenens, a Belgian prelate, and the Word of God Charismatic Christian Community in Ann Arbor. Gordon and Nyla will never forget the Masses they and others participated in with Cardinal Suenens in his living room. Both Gordon and Nyla experienced a new level in their relationship with the Lord beginning at that time.

After six years in Brussels, Gordon was promoted to the position of Vice President of Supply and Transportation with Conoco Chemicals in Houston, Texas. In 1983, Gordon moved the family to Ann Arbor to become a part of the Word of God Charismatic Christian Community joining what is now Christ the King Catholic Church. In 1990, after leaving the Word of God Community, Gordon and Nyla transitioned to the Word of Life Community where they are still active today.

In 1984, Gordon was hired by Tom Monaghan and over the next 29 years managed various business activities for Tom outside of his Domino’s Pizza business. One of those activities involved starting several private Catholic Schools and working with the four foundresses of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist when they responded to Tom Monaghan’s invitation to come to Ann Arbor. Gordon continued working with Tom, The Ave Maria Foundation and Domino’s Farms until he retired in 2013 at the age of 75. He continues to be active in his community, his Church, several non-profit boards and even a start-up business.

Gordon has been a major supporter of Spiritus Sanctus Academy and has served on SSA’s School Board for a number of years. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to honor Gordon and express our sincere gratitude for his many years of charity and generosity to the community of Spiritus Sanctus Academy!