Campus Ministry & Service
Holy Ghost Prep's Campus Ministry is a mainstream organization here. We attempt to unite the Holy Ghost community spiritually. Mr. Mark Whartenby is the head of Campus Ministry. Student leaders encourage other students to become closer to Jesus in all aspects of their lives. With the Spiritans - the Holy Ghost Fathers - as a model for us, we strive to have one heart and mind in Christ. We work under our mission statement below and by our school's motto:
"Cor Unum Et Anima Una"
Campus Ministry consists of members of the Holy Ghost Preparatory Community who strive to promote a sense of spirituality and Christian character among the student body, faculty, and the entire Holy Ghost community. We represent the community as spiritual leaders in our commitment to God, Christ, and the Christian way of life. Campus Ministry emphasizes respect and fellowship among all members of the school community and encourages the growth of each person's unique relationship with God. Campus Ministry seeks to engage all members in the Holy Ghost community through the ministries of word, worship, service, and community, as we grow in living our lives in accord with Christ's greatest commandment:
"To love God above all and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves."
- Committed to Serving Our Community and Others
- Campus Ministry Calendar
- Peer Ministry
- Respect Life Club
Campus Ministers work hand and hand with the religion department to unite the Holy Ghost community spiritually. We work to make Holy Ghost not only an outstanding place to learn, but an outstanding place to live our own and unique religious lives through Christ.
campus Ministry events:
- Holiday Decoration and Maintenance of the Chapel
- Red Mass
- Feast of Claude des Places Mass
- Feast of All Saints Mass
- Ash Wednesday Mass
- HGP C.A.R.E.S Liturgy
- Ascension Thursday Mass
- Father-Sun Communion Mass
Freshmen and sophomores are required to participate in 10 hours of service, annually. Juniors and seniors are required to participate in 20 hours of service, annually. Students may either obtain a list of agencies that Holy Ghost works with, or may form their own with permission from Mr.Whartenby. Students may partake in some of the following school sponsored service opportunities:
School sponsored service opportunities:
- AARP, Blood Drives
- St. Francis Inn (Soup Kitchen)
- Tutoring at local parochials schools
- Harlem, New York
- Appalachia, West Virginia
- Dominican Republic
If we are to minister in the name of Christ, we must first know something of Christ. If we are to minister to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we must first understand our own need(s). Christian Ministry is a particular service that is done in the name of Christ. The methods by which and through which we perform that particular service must be compatible with the person and message of Christ. Peer ministry is specific to those whom we would consider our equal in age, gender, and needs. First, our class will primarily be concerned with understanding ourselves, our peers, and of course Christ. A person who has little or no knowledge of him or her self will most likely not be an effective minister. Second, we must come to know something of the one to whom and with whom we minister (our peers). Third, if our ministry is to be Christian (done in the name of Christ) we must know and understand Him.
This activity meets once per cycle, or depending on the number of students who register, once per week during lunch for the whole school year. Additional meetings are scheduled in accordance with the specific project(s) we are working on at any given time. Grading for this course is based on an Excellent/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory criteria.
What do Peer Ministers do?
Freshmen Orientation/Big Brothers (May & August)
Red Mass (September) work with Campus Ministers in organizing and setting up
Junior Ring Mass (October)
Recycling Committee - five Peer Ministers are chosen to work with the SGA on this
Thanksgiving Day of Reflection - Wednesday before Thanksgiving Break (Planning October)
Senior Retreat Team Leaders: 6-10 Peer Ministers are chosen to participate in the final Senior
Retreat of their junior year and to be the Student Leaders on the first Senior Retreat in September of their Senior Year. All Peer Ministers are expected to participate in one of the
Senior Retreats and be willing, if chosen, to serve as leaders.
Christmas Semi-Formal & Distribution of Proceeds to Charity (November - January)
Overnight Retreat for juniors - planned and executed by junior & senior Peer Ministers
In-coming Freshmen Night/Big Brothers and the "Un-Official" Freshmen Handbook
(March - May)
Baccalaureate Mass (May/June) work with Campus Ministers in organizing and setting up
Sophomores interested in registering for Peer Ministry must complete a Peer Ministry Application Form and write a 50 word essay expressing why they want to be a Peer Minister. Additional application forms are available from on the table outside the Campus Ministry Office.
Who We Are
The Respect for Life Club is a fun and motivating club with the intent to promote pro-life issues in today's world. We actively discuss issues related to our cause such as abortion and euthanasia.
Several years ago Ms. Green accepted the invitation from Mr. Ryan to revitalize the Respect for Life Club. Ms. Green then enlisted Mrs. Buettler (librarian) for assistance in order to provide students with more materials on these topics. Mr. Buettler came to be available to counsel the students should they come across challenges that need professional care.
Together this team has built up this club to its current stature.
Who are the moderators?
This club is overseen by Mr. and Mrs. Buettler and is directly under the supervision of Mr. Whartenby. Also, each year a student President and a Secretary are selected by the members. These students help to establish a direct connection between moderators and the student body.
When/Where/How do we meet?
The Respect for Life club meets weekly, usually every AM Assembly Day in the Sacristry. Meetings take place during Break (3rd period), with length varying depending on the topic at hand. See the announcements for changes in meeting time and location.
The Respect Life Committee at Holy Ghost Preparatory School serves to promote awareness of a consistent ethic of life, from conception to a natural death, through education, advocacy and prayer. Its members address all human life issues: the unborn, euthanasia, persons with disabilities, the elderly, the poor, HIV/AIDS, and the environment.
Activities and Events
March for Life: Each year, the Respect Life Club organizes a trip to Washington, D.C. in January to participate in the annual March for Life. This event marks the anniversary of the controversial Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion. HGP students join in petitioning our elected officials to defend human life at all stages.
Easter Egg Hunt: Around Easter, the Respect Life Club holds an Easter egg hunt to collect baby supplies for poor mothers and mothers-to-be, as well as to raise awareness for the pro-life cause. Prizes have included candy and Aramark lunch vouchers. Listen for announcements in the weeks approaching Easter for participation information.
Friday Break Mass: Members are asked to come to Break Mass on Fridays to pray for the protection of all life, especially that of the most vulnerable in our society.
On Sunday, November 22, Mr. Ryan, Mr. Murtaugh and several members of the Respect Life Club will be attending the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition's Stand Up for Life Dinner. Thank you to Mrs. Moran for providing us with the opportunity to attend!
Where to Start?
Joining is very easy--just come to one of our meetings. All are welcome anytime!
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity: helps individuals and organizations address the pressing bioethical challenges of our day, including managed care, end-of-life treatment, genetic intervention, euthanasia and suicide, and reproductive technologies.
Archdiocese of Philadelphia: official site for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Feminists for Life (Pro-Woman, Pro-Life): promotes equality amongst all people and promotes pro-life issues.