On a postcard-perfect Sunday morning, the Holy Ghost Prep community officially kicked off the 2016-17 academic year with an outdoor Mass of the Holy Spirit in the school’s courtyard.
The Mass, which was held on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was attended by a crowd of approximately 500 Holy Ghost students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. The Mass seeks the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit for the school and its mission.
The Very Rev. Jeffrey T. Duiame, C.S.SP ’76, provincial superior for the U.S. Congregation of the Holy Spirit, concelebrated the Mass—along with Rev. Phillip Agber, C.S.SP and Rev. Christopher McDermott, C.S.SP., and Rev. Silvio D’Ostilio, C.S.SP.
“Today’s celebration offers us a unique setting as members of this community, to call on the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of all of us: Our Holy Ghost Prep family—far and near: our alums, benefactors and benefactresses, the congregation of the Holy Spirit, all those who learn here, all who teach and work here; and to seek enlightenment to be able to see the presence of God in our work and in the world,” Fr. Agber said during his homily.
“Therefore, at the start of this new school year, we celebrate the graciousness of God; His bountiful gifts to this community, especially the Spiritan Congregation in whose spirit and mission our school education is modeled; and the transforming grace of the Holy Spirit.
Near the conclusion of the Mass, a service that was filled with hymns beautifully sung by Holy Ghost Prep students, President Gregory J. Geruson delivered his state-of-the-school address. In his speech, Geruson explained the five strategic imperatives—Collegiate, Spiritan, Communication and Language, Unique Gifts, and Engagement—that will guide Holy Ghost Prep on its path to be the area’s premier Catholic college preparatory school.
Geruson also outlined a handful of key initiatives, that when executed, will signal tangible progress on the path to being premier. Among many key initiatives, Geruson announced that school would break ground in March on its new Arts and Athletic Activity Center and would begin the first phase of building a STEM Tower in Cornwells Hall with the conversion of the lower level classroom and storage area (approximately 2,000 square feet) into a state-of-the-art Idea Lab and Maker Space.
“As I've said many times this past year, I no longer want to be ‘the best-kept secret in Bucks County,’” Geruson said. “Our vision is to be the premier Catholic college preparatory school and with your help, commitment, and support that vision is not only attainable, it is a done deal.”