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August 19, 2016




During a time when many independent and Catholic schools are experiencing declines in enrollment, Holy Ghost Prep remains an attractive choice for area families. Holy Ghost's second consecutive robust admissions year brings the school's total enrollment to 485 students, a significant rise from the 449 students on campus in 2014. To read more about it, click here




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Message from principal's office

New faculty hires for 2016-17 school year 

Please join me in welcoming Mark Whartenby as our new Director of Campus Ministry and Service.  As you know, Mark has spent the last six years as a valued member of our Religion department and has coordinated many of our service initiatives.  Mark will oversee all aspects of campus ministry, retreats and service.  He brings a strong sense of leadership and spiritual guidance to the position, as he prepares to foster the rich tradition of ministry and service at HGP.  

In addition, Bryn Campbell will serve as our new assistant director in the College Guidance office.  Bryn joins Holy Ghost with more than 12 years of college admissions counseling from both private and public colleges and universities.  She has served as senior admissions counselor at Immaculata University, assistant director of admissions at University of  Delaware and associate director of admissions at St. Joseph's University. Bryn will round out our College Guidance team and work with a number of sophomores, juniors and seniors on the college admissions process. 

Diane Joganich will assist Mike Jacobs in our Informational Technology department. She has extensive experience in teaching and IT. She comes to us from The Haverford School where she provided technical data and Help Desk support. Prior to that, she was at the Agnes Irwin School as the associate database manager and at Gwynedd Mercy Academy School as the technology coordinator. 

We have also hired three new additional faculty members to teach in the religion and math departments. Dr. Ted Nunez, a seasoned religion teacher, holds a doctorate in Religion and Culture from the Catholic University of America and has won awards for research in the area of Catholic social teaching. He has taught English, history and religion at the high school level as well as ethics and religious studies at several U.S. Catholic universities. James Hoban also joins HGP's religion department with an extensive background in teaching and administration. In his early years, he served as campus minister and retreat leader. For the past 15 years, he has been an adjunct professor at DeSales University and, most recently, at Chestnut Hill College. Most recently, he was a school administrator at Camden Catholic High School. Finally, Deirdre Best is our newest member of the math department. She holds her undergraduate and graduate degree in math and secondary education from Mercyhurst University. She joins us from Harbor Creek School in Erie, Pa.

Nkosi Graham '19 trains with Real Madrid select soccer program

Holy Ghost Prep student Nkosi Graham has the makings of an interesting “What I Did This Summer” essay. He traveled to Spain from August 14-21 to train with the Real Madrid Foundation's select soccer program, To read about Nkosi, click here


September 2016 Events in College Guidance: Mark Your Calendars! 

Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m. in the Dining Hall: The HGP College Process for Seniors and their Parents 

Tuesday, September 27  at 7 p.m. in the Dining Hall: Financial Aid Night (FAFSA)

Mothers' Guild News

Mothers' Guild Welcome Tea - September 18, 2016 - 11 a.m.

Please plan to join us for this time-honored tradition! The Mothers’ Guild will host its annual HGP Mothers’ Tea on Sunday, September 18, 2016. All Holy Ghost Prep mothers are invited to attend and welcome the moms of the Class of 2020 and all moms who are new to HGP.  Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel at 11 a.m., followed by a light luncheon in the School Dining Hall.  There will be special raffles for all FRESHMAN and NEW moms. We will also be dicsussing our exciting  events for the upcoming year.  Invitations for this treasured event were included in the August Mothers' Guild mailing. To RSVP, click here. 

Volunteers Needed for Craft Show Committees

 Believe it or not, planning is beginning for the 2016 HGP Mothers’ Guild Craft Show on November 12-13, 2016. The success of the Craft Show depends on you, the Moms of HGP. At this time, we are recruiting Committee Co-Chairs for Center Stage, Café, Decorating and Publicity. If you are interested in getting more involved with the Craft Show, please contact Anne Marie Horgan at  For a description of the committees, please click here.


College Guidance Office seeking alums to participate in Fall Semester Career Days

HGP's College Guidance Department and Office of Development are seeking to enlist alumni participants for the ongoing series of Career Days. Each session consists of approximately 8-10 alumni who meet with current juniors (Friday, September 23) or seniors (Wednesday, October 12) from 8 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m. If interested, please contact Alexis Gettings, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement, at

Mass of the Holy Spirit - September 11, 2016

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Golf Classic - Monday, October 3  

To sponsor a hole or register for the Golf Glassic, click here.  


HGP Athletic News

Cross Country. It's not too late to join the cross-country team!  Contact Coach Mike Meistering at for more information. Become part of a proud tradition at HGP. 
12th Annual C.A.R.E.S. Walk: Sunday, October 2nd.  Join HGP and Coaches vs. Cancer in the fight against cancer. Adult volunteers are needed!  Registration and volunteer information at  
Grade School Basketball Clinic begins September 14th!  Come work on your game with our current coaches and players. The clinic is available to all grade school children in grades 3-8.  Register at


Baby on the way?

Know an alum who recently had a baby? If/when you get the news about the child, can you pass along that information (boy/girl & name) to Advancement? We can be sure that our database gets updated while taking the opportunity to send a gift to the newborn! 

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