Ghost Stories

December 22, 2016 ... Merry Christmas


Holy Ghost Prep receives the largest gift in its history

Holy Ghost Prep received a $500,000 gift from the Holt family, the single largest individual gift in its history, the school announced during a Dec. 20 school assembly. To read about the Holts' generous gift, click more.   




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Stocking stuffers for book lovers  

With the holidays upon us, we asked an interesting cross-section of Holy Ghost Prep faculty and staff members to name one book that people should buy for a friend or family member on their Christmas shopping list and to cite a short reason why that book would make the perfect gift. To see the stocking-stuffer ideas they had for the readers and book collectors in your life, click here



Four HGP students become Eagle Scouts

Four current Holy Ghost Prep students—Alex Kobilnyk '19, Hugh Collins '17, Garrison Moore '17, and Walter Marcinkowski '17—have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. To read more about their accomplishment, click here

Athletic News

Jack Schott Memorial Holiday Basketball Tournament December 28th and 29th at HGP.  Read the game schedule at
HGP Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday, January 28, 2017 Register and pay at

Recruit U Offers Guidance for the College-Bound Athlete. Read more at

Important News from College Guidance

The Maguire Foundation

Holy Ghost Preparatory School is a partner with the Maguire Foundation, a philanthropic enterprise  founded by James J. and Frances Maguire in October, 2000 that focuses its resources on education. The Maguire Foundation provides grants to grade school, high school, and college students so that they may have an opportunity to benefit from a quality education.

The Maguire Foundation’s mission is grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola of being men and women for others. The foundation believes that partnering with educational institutions to provide scholarship assistance to children and young adults will help build a strong foundation for success.

HGP’s partnership with Maguire Foundation brings unprecedented value and opportunity to students. The partnership provides scholarship assistance to freshmen each year and supports them through four years of high school, as well as college students with scholarship opportunities to support students in selected institution’s through four years of matriculation.  The goal of the Maguire Scholars Program is to support and enrich the leaders of tomorrow.

The Maguire Scholars Program

These need-based scholarships are available to seniors in high school who are applying to select colleges that are members of the Maguire Scholars Program (see list below). All applications are due to Ms. Dougherty in College Guidance no later than February 21, 2017.  If you have any questions, please email

To be eligible for the Maguire Scholarship Program students must:

- Demonstrate financial need by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0-10,000.

- Qualify for admission to selected institutions (see below).

- Have at least a 3.0 GPA or equivalent in high school.

- Be engaged in community service and/or extracurricular activities.

- Participate in regular counseling in accordance with university requirements.

- Agree to participate in an annual Maguire Scholars Program event.

- Complete a Maguire Scholars Program application (include a letter of recommendation from supervisor of a volunteer/community service or extracurricular activity).

- Student or family must contribute at least $5,000 per year to tuition, room, and board ($1,000 at a community college).

The following is a list of participating colleges: Boston College, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, College of the Holy Cross, Drexel University, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Gwynedd Mercy University, Immaculata University, LaSalle University, Loyola University Maryland, Neumann University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Penn State - Main Campus, Philadelphia University, Rosemont College, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Scranton, Villanova University, Widener University, Community College of Philadelphia, and Montgomery County Community College.

To read more about the Maguire College Scholars program, click here

Reminder to All Seniors 

Copies of letters of acceptance, waitlist, deferral as well as scholarship awards should be brought to or emailed to Ms. Kudla at in the College Guidance Office.  This information is confidential and is very important to keep our Naviance statistics up-to-date.



A great honor for Luigi Galzerano  

Holy Ghost Prep student Luigi Galzerano received a U.S. Military Academy nomination from Bucks County congressman Mike Fitzpatrick on Dec. 19 in Doylestown. Congratulations, Luigi. 

HGP students wow at Christmas concert

On Dec 21, musicians and singers from HGP performed at the 12th annual Christmas concert at the Philadelphia Protestant Home for the Aged. Many of the students were featured as soloists in the chorus and jazz band. Not surprisingly, the HGP students wowed the audience with many of the residents remarking on the polite demeanor and professional appearance of the boys.

15 HGP student-athletes earn Golden Team recognition

The Bucks County Courier Times recently named its annual Golden Teams for the fall 2016 season and a total of 15 Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes earned spots on these all-area teams. To see the full list of honorees, click here



Mothers' Guild News 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Mothers’ Guild!

The Mothers’ Guild wishes to extend a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the entire HGP community. We are blessed to be a part of the HGP family. As 2016 comes to a close, it also marks the end of our 50th anniversary celebration of the Mothers’ Guild. We look forward to the future as we embark on our next 50 years! Thank you to all the moms who have contributed so much to our endeavors. We look forward to meeting all moms and guardians in 2017. Please plan to join us at our monthly meetings and build new friendships while supporting our sons’ educations at Holy Ghost!

Save the Date: Mother-Son Dance on Saturday, March 4, 2017

Senior moms, start gathering up photos of your sons! Photos will be collected for the senior tribute video and baby photo contest which will be shown at the dance. Please check the Mothers’ Guild website and Ghost Stories in January for information on sending in your photos.

Next Mothers' Guild General Meeting - Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. Mass

There will not be a general meeting in January. Please join us on Monday, February 6 for our next meeting. We will begin with 7:00 p.m. Mass in the Chapel, followed by refreshments and fellowship in the Dining Hall.

‘HGP MOM’ aprons, Herff Jones charms, and Custom Made Comfort items will be available for ordering and/or purchase.

Hospitality volunteers are needed for the February meeting. If you would like to donate a dessert/appetizer or help with set up, please click here.


Thank you to our Vendors!

Thank you from the Mothers’ Guild to the following companies: Catalano Studios, Custom Made Comfort, Give Back Greetings, and Herff Jones. We are grateful for your support in 2016, and look forward to your product offerings in 2017!


Keep current on Mothers' Guild News on our webpage  

Please visit our webpage for all the latest Mothers' Guild news.  



HGP Fathers' Association Upcoming Events


HGP Fathers' Association Christmas Blessings -- Another successful campaign!!  

On behalf of the Fathers' Association, I would like to thank the Holy Ghost community for making another Christmas Blessings campaign a remarkable success!  With your amazing generosity, we were able to spread joy, hope and opportunity to 74 local families in need during this holiday season. Thanks to everyone who participated whether it was by selecting a family, donating gift cards or time to help with the collection and delivery of gifts.  The effort put forth will definitely benefit the recipients of your generosity.

Thank you once again and may you have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

God Bless, Ron Marcinkowski Jr.  and the Fathers’ Association

HGP Fathers' Association Father/Guardian Electric Go-Kart Outing  
Sunday, January 15, 2017              

WHERE: Speed Raceway, 200 Blair Mill Rd. in Horsham Pa 19044

WHEN: Noon to 2pm (arrive by 11:30 am)

COST: $65.00 per person (cost includes 2 races per person and light snacks/drinks)

Additional races may be purchased by individuals for $20.00 at day of event

DEADLINE: Deadline to sign up is Sunday January 8, 2017

Ski trip to Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Poconos -- February 26, 2017  (Greg Braun will be coordinating this event)

Communion Breakfast: May, 2017
Suggestions welcomed for both keynote speaker and Service Award nominees. 


Save the Date --- HGP Auction: May 6, 2017

To join our Auction team, please contact Christine Seighman, Coordinator of Special Events, at  


In Memorium 

Please keep the Zalewski family in your prayers during this holiday season. Helen Szymanski, the grandmother of Michael Zalewski ’04, passed away on Nov. 27. Helen was very active at the annual Mothers’ Guild Craft Show, working in the kitchen. She cooked sauerkraut, chicken soup, etc. for several years, even upon Michael’s graduation, until she was physically unable to do so.  


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! 

Contact Alexis Gettings:




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