Ghost Stories

April 28, 2017   


Marie Bliss will retire after 46 years of teaching at HGP  

Marie Bliss' remarkable career at Holy Ghost Prep will come to a close this spring as she has decided to retire. To read more about Marie and her impact at Holy Ghost Prep, click more




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Make plans to attend HGP's Spring Auction on Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Holy Ghost Prep Spring Auction will take place on Saturday, May 6. Last year, 332 people attended this can’t-miss event, so please make plans to join us. Some of the highlights of the Spring Auction include mobile bidding;  a tuition raffle (full tuition for 2017-18 school year or $10,000 in cash; $100 per ticket or $200 for 3 tickets); catering by Carlucci’s; cool HGP items; and a wide array of great silent auction items.

In addition, there is a live auction with must-have items such as:

  • Authentic Italian dinner prepared by Chef Greg Geruson ’79 (pictured below, photo by Catalano Studio):  Due to popular demand last year, two dinners were auctioned off. Don’t miss the opportunity to have HGP’s world-class chef prepare an Italian dinner for eight people in your home. 
  • Unforgettable vacation to St.Maarten: One-week stay at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort.
  • Golf at the Union League: Foursome and complimentary lunch at MacAlester's Dining Room.


Nine HGP student-athletes see college dreams come true

Nine HGP senior student-athletes will continue their academic and athletic careers at East Coast colleges and universities in the fall. To read more about them, click more


More Athletics News

Register today for the Athletic Recognition Night on June 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Chapman Arena.  Read more at

Fall Sports Registration Night - Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Founders Hall. Read the information letter at

Hall of Fame nominations for the induction class of 2018 are now being accepted. Read more at

Spring Sports Team Updates -




HGP Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Info 

Senior parents interested in HGP Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement information and logistics can visit


Thank you message from Tony Chapman '71

Holy Ghost Prep head coach Tony Chapman '71 was honored at the inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer High School Legends Dinner April 5 at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken. He wanted to thank everyone involved in the letter below: 

To the Holy Ghost Prep Community:

Two weeks ago, I was honored, along with four other local high school basketball coaches, at what was called the Legends Dinner that took place in Conshohocken, Pa.  Benefits from the event went to the Coaches vs. Cancer Society in Philadelphia.

In part of my presentation, I gave thanks to those who have helped me  in various capacities over the years and used the phrase - “you know who you are.”  I would now like to publicly thank the individuals who helped put THAT evening together.

Special thanks go to Mr. Bill Doherty and Mr. Matt Dwyer and their staffs for their tremendous efforts;  to Mr. Greg Geruson, Mr. Jeff Danilak, Mr. Jim Stewart, and Mr. Ryan Abramson for their continued guidance and support; to Mr. Joe Quinlan for all he has done not only for Holy Ghost Prep but for me personally;  a special thank you to my wife Jane for my wonderful introduction and to my entire family for attending;  and finally to all of my assistant coaches,  faculty, alumni and friends from Holy Ghost who attended that night.  I spoke to many but not to all. I want you ALL to know that I appreciate incredibly your willingness to sacrifice a long evening in order to be part of what I felt was a fantastic night for all five coaches.

Thank you again,

Tony Chapman


Mothers' Guild News 

Monday, May 1, 2017 - Final Mothers’ Guild Meeting, Senior Mothers Dinner, and Remembrance Mass - 7:00 p.m.

All are invited to our final meeting on Monday, May 1st. It's Senior Mom Decision Day! We will honor our Senior moms with a light dinner, dessert, and wine.

Senior moms, feel free to wear your college spirit wear and tell us where your graduate is intending to head! Click here to RSVP.

Junior moms, help us make this a memorable occasion for Senior Moms. Click here to access the Sign-Up Genius. We will need help setting up, serving, and cleaning up. Donations of dessert and wine are also requested.

Please join us for our annual Remembrance Mass at 7:00 p.m. on May 1st in the chapel. Following mass will be the final Mothers Guild Meeting of the school year.

If you have a loved one you would like us to pray for at our Remembrance Mass on May 1st, or if you know of any past or present HGP student that has lost a loved one, please click here to submit their name.



Senior Class of 2017 Portrait and Video

Click here to order the senior portrait from Catalano Studio. The deadline for portrait orders is Friday, April 21. 


Click here to print and mail the order form for the senior memory video through All Occasion Video Productions. The video will include footage from the Charity Ball, Mother-Son Dance, Prom, Graduation, etc. The deadline for video orders is April 30.



Graduation Reception - June 3, 2017

Graduation is right around the corner! Traditionally, the junior, sophomore, and freshman mothers join together to host a reception honoring our graduates and their families after the ceremony.

We invite all moms to participate in this event. Help is needed setting up the Field House on Friday June 2, serving and cleaning up on Saturday June 3, and donating cases of water, desserts, and fruit. A Sign-Up Genius will soon be posted on the Mothers' Guild webpage. Please save the date and check back on the website to sign up!


Alumni Dinner Thank You

Thank you to our senior reps, alumni reps, and all who volunteered and donated items for the Alumni Dinner on April 3rd. It was a lovely evening and we were happy to welcome back our alumni moms.


Mothers' Guild Dues Reminder

We will continue to collect dues throughout the remainder of the school year. These dues help to fund the many community building social events for both students and Mothers' Guild members. Dues may be brought to the May 1st meeting or can now be paid conveniently online. Click here to submit your dues and read more about the events funded by the dues. Thank you!


Thank you to Catalano Studio

The Mothers' Guild wishes to extend a warm thank you to Jeani Grady of Catalano Studio for your generous support of the Mothers' Guild and HGP this year!

To view the full HGP photo gallery on the Catalano Studio website, please click here. If you see a photo you like, you may order it through the studio.


Give Back Greetings

Consider Give Back Greetings personalized stationary for all your special events this spring. It is a great alternative to Shutterfly, Snapfish, and other online greeting card companies, with 10% of each order going back to HGP! 

April 20/20 Promotion: This offer includes a 20% discount for the purchaser in addition to a 20% discount given back to HGP! Click here to view the offer.


Or enjoy 35% off their entire selection through June 30 using discount code HGPSAVE. The website for the fundraiser is http// 


Custom Made Comfort

Custom Made Comfort sells unique, personalized HGP products. Orders for graduation are still being accepted; regular shipping rates will apply. Visit their website by clicking here.



Order the HGP Class of 2017 portrait today

Catalano Studio once again took the Class of 2017 Senior portrait order. If you are interested in ordering the portrait, please click here. 


Catalano - HGP sports and event photos

Catalano Studio also takes photos of important school events and team sports. To browse through the Catalano photos from this school year that are available for purchase, click here. 





HGP Fathers' Association Upcoming Events 

Fathers’ Association General Meeting: Just a reminder that our next meeting has been scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Curran’s. Look for a meeting reminder email from Joe Pawluczyk.

Graduation Parking: Volunteers are needed to assist with parking for the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday evening as well as commencement activities on the school grounds on Saturday, June 3.



Communion Breakfast: The Communion Breakfast has been canceled.


Order your 2017 Firebird Yearbook today

The 2016-17 school year at Holy Ghost Prep will end soon, but yearbooks last forever. So please click here to order the 2017 Firebird Yearbook today. 


Go see the Spring Show: Anything Goes 


Important News from College Guidance


All seniors who receive any scholarship or grant awards from any organization or college (whether or not they intend to enroll) must bring a copy of the award letter to the College Guidance Office by Monday, May 1, 2017. In order for a student's name to appear in the Graduation Program as a scholarship recipient, he must follow this procedure.,

Be prepared to enroll at ONE college by that college's registration deadline. May 1, 2017 is the date viewed by the collegiate community as the universal reply date for regular admission. You will be required to send an admission and/or housing deposit to confirm your enrollment intentions.


Parents of the Class of 2018 are invited to the Application Next Steps for Junior Parents on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Sager Library.  Any questions contact AnnMarie Dougherty at

Main Line College Fair
Monday, May 15, 2017
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
The Pavilion
Villanova University

Admission counselors from over 300 hundred colleges and universities will be present to discuss entrance requirements, curriculum offerings, and financial aid. The event will provide students and their families the opportunity to gather information about colleges and universities from across the country.



Summer Class: Indie Film and Theater 

Spots are filling up fast! Interested students and parents, email Mr. Jordan at 

Overview: This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of classic and contemporary film and theater. We will take both a critical and experiential approach to these films and plays. In other words, we will study and research them critically, and then see them performed. We will follow various works from page to stage, studying them first in the classroom and then watching them come alive on stage and screen.

Class Schedule: Tuesdays through Thursdays for 5-6 weeks in the first half of the summer. The class should be completed by the third week of July at the latest. In scheduling those 5-6 weeks, we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s summer plans. Last year, we scheduled around the service trip to the Dominican Republic. We can do the same for the week of July 4 if necessary.  

Classes meet from 9:00-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wednesdays are field trip days. On those days, we will meet between 10:00-11:00 and return to school between 4:00-6:00, depending on the activity. Trips will only be planned on class dates. One Wednesday trip will be an overnight trip to New York. We will leave Wednesday morning from Holy Ghost and return to school by noon of the following day.

Summer 2016 Field Trips

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY

Film: Under the Sun (documentary), Film Forum, New York, NY

Film: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Ritz 5 Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Play: Hillary and Clinton, Philadelphia Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA

Play: 36 Views, Lantern Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA

Museum Exhibit: The Science of Pixar, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Museum: National Museum of American Jewish History

Reading: Rutgers Summer Writing Conference, Camden, NJ

In-Class Screenings

The films that we watch in class are chosen to expose students to a range of styles, genres, cultures, and subjects. Some films we watched last summer:

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)

The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)

Chinatown (Roman Polanski)

Shane (George Stevens)

The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)

Interested students and parents, email Mr. Jordan at mjordan@holyghostprep for more information.


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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