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May 12, 2017   


Edmund Walsh '95 to deliver HGP's 2017 commencemnt address

Holy Ghost Prep alum Edmund A. Walsh '95 will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2017 on Saturday, June 3. To read more about Ed, click more.   





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HGP's Spring Auction: An evening of fellowship and fun

Holy Ghost Prep's Spring Auction was a terrific night of fellowship and fun that will benefit HGP students and teachers. One of the many highlights of the evening: New Holy Ghost Prep parents Vince and Joanne Ranieri (pictured) were overjoyed after winning full tuition for next year for their son at last weekend's HGP Spring Auction. To view of a full gallery of Catalano Studio photos from the Spring Auction, click more

HGP's mission trip to West Virginia is a rousing success  

Holy Ghost Prep's annual mission trip to West Virginia allowed 16 HGP students the opportunity to practice Spiritan principles and serve people in need.  To read more about the trip, click more


Six HGP students become Eagle Scouts

HGP students Jack Pinkstone, Brendan Mindiak, Cooper Pandorf, Tom Horgan, Paul Horgan, and Trevor Zuech '17 (not pictured) recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. To read more about them, click more.


Forensics Reunion for HGP alums from the 1970s, 80s, 90s

Join Fig, JB, and fellow HGP alums from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s for an evening of fellowship, fun, and your favorite forensics memories! 
DATE: Saturday, June 10 on the HGP campus, beginning at 6 p.m.
For additional information and to RSVP, click here.

Two HGP students enjoy inside access to the 2017 NFL draft  

HGP students Will Abbamont '17 and Tony Carbino '19 were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the 2017 NFL draft as student reporters. To read more about their experience at the draft, click more


Athletics News

Deadline for the Annual Varsity Athletic Recognition Night: Friday, May 19th Read the information letter and register at

Fall Sports Registration: Tuesday, May 16th for all students who intend to play fall sports.  Read the information letter at

HGP Soccer to play William Tennent at Talen Energy Stadium next season!  Read the information flyer at

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Exciting times for Holy Ghost Prep lacrosse

HGP's lacrosse team improved to 11-6 in 2017 after defeating Neshaminy (on Senior Day for Jimmy Brook, Conor Sablich, and Nick Aregnano) and then Archbishop Wood. To read more HGP's two most recent wins, click more.

Mothers' Guild News 

Graduation Reception - All Junior/Sophomore/Freshman Moms

The Class of 2017 graduation is right around the corner on June 3rd! Traditionally, junior, sophomore, and freshman mothers come together to host a reception honoring our graduates after the ceremony.  

We invite all moms and guardians to help us make this celebration spectacular for our seniors! Your help is needed in 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. Please click here to access the Sign-Up Genius and be a part of the 2017 graduation! If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Rusnak at

Senior Class of 2017 Portrait  

The Senior Portrait was taken on April 26th. The portrait can be ordered from Catalano Studios by clicking here. You may also call the studio directly to order at (215) 604-4000.


Senior Memory Video

The Class of 2017 Senior Memory Video will include footage from the Prom, Charity Ball, Mother/Son Dance, Baccalaureate Mass, and Graduation. Orders may be placed directly through All Occasion Video Productions. Please click here to print out the order form and mail your payment. The deadline for orders is Thursday, June 1.


2017 Mothers' Guild Craft Show - Volunteers Needed for Committee Positions

The HGP Mothers' Guild runs the most successful craft show in the area. Planning has begun for the 2017 craft show, which will take place on November 11th and 12th. At this time, we are recruiting Committee Co-chairs for Cafe, Relief, and Baskets. For a description of these positions, please click here. Please be a part of this exciting event! For more information, please contact Ellen Rusnak at


HGP teacher Brandon Petcaugh to present at national conference

This coming October, Brandon Petcaugh will be speaking at the national conference for Project Lead the Way, which boasts the nation's largest and most comprehensive engineering and computer science curriculum for primary and secondary schools. His workshop is titled "Python to Java: It's All in the Details," which focuses on the complex differences between two programming languages, and how teachers can help students to overcome the learning difficulties when moving from one to the other. 

HGP Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Info 

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


Job opening: Full-time custodian

Holy Ghost Preparatory School is seeking a full-time custodian to join their maintenance staff. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This individual will assist the Facilities Director with campus-wide maintenance projects to ensure a safe and healthy environment for the students, faculty and staff of Holy Ghost Prep. The ideal candidate would have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record, the ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously, the ability to work effectively individually and with a team, the ability to work long hours on one’s feet, and be agile enough to perform physical tasks constantly.  Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.  Competitive salary and benefits.  If interested, please email your resume with cover letter to Tina Soule: or Jeannine Chimbos at

Lunch accounts -- Class of 2017 students

If you are the parent of a graduating senior who participates in the online lunch payment program Pay for It, please go onto the program and turn off the auto refill function.

Aramark will start the week of the 15th refunding the students' accounts.  If you are an HGP family that has a younger siblings attending here, the balance gets transferred into the younger sibling's account. Otherwise, we put the refund money in an envelope that your son will receive at graduation.

If you have any questions, email Kellie Bonner at



May 2017 Cafeteria Menu

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.

HGP Annual Guitar Night: May 17

The Music Department will hold its Annual Guitar Night on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Featured performers are the Introduction to Guitar, Intermediate Guitar, and Guitar Ensemble students, as well as the Holy Ghost rock band, under the direction of Mr. Peter Devine. Parents, faculty, and friends are welcome. Please join us for an evening of great music!



Summer Rock Band Camp 
Camp Dates: July 10 to July 14, 2017
Camp Times: 2:00-5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
Camp Instructors: Pete Devine and William Marconi
Camp Cost $175 per camper
The HGP Summer Music Camp will take place in our newly renovated and air-conditioned Music Technology Studio and include instructors Peter Devine and Wlliam Marconi. This Summer Program is open to boys and girls, grades 6, 7, and 8, as well as to high school boys and girls. Large Ensemble, music theory, individual coaching and small ensembles are all part of this learning experience.


Catalano Studio -- HGP sports and events photos  

Looking for a meaningful graduation gift for a member of the HGP Class of 2017? Catalano Studio took photos of many of the important school events and team sports during this academic year. To browse through the Catalano photos from this school year that are available for purchase, click here. 




HGP Fathers' Association  

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.



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. 


Important News from College Guidance


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.



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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