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September 15, 2017   


Holy Ghost Prep celebrates its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit 

Holy Ghost Prep officially kicked off the 2017-18 academic year with an outdoor Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 10 in the school's courtyard. To read more about the event, click here.  (photo courtesy of Catalano Studio) 



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Holy Ghost's LEAP program to be featured in Suburban Life Magazine  

Holy Ghost Prep's distinctive Leadership Externship Advantage Program (LEAP) will be the cover story in the next issue of Suburban Life Magazine. The cover of Suburban Life Magazine will feature a picture of Bob Watters ’81, a partner at Ernst & Young, and the two LEAP students he hosted last year, current HGP seniors Jack Elliott and Matt Doucette. To learn more about LEAP, click here. (photo by Catalano Studio)



Seven HGP seniors receive National Merit recognition 

Seven Holy Ghost Prep seniors were recently recognized by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program for their outstanding academic prowess. Holy Ghost Prep seniors Anthony Baum, Mason El-Habr, Brian Gabriele, and Kevin Mulcahy were all named National Merit semifinalists. In addition, three Holy Ghost Prep students—Zach Chipperfield ’18, Owen Sienko ’18, and Brendan Mindiak ’18—were recognized as National Merit Commended scholars. To read more about them, click more

Bring Your Brother to School Day will be Sept. 29, 2017

Register by September 27, 2017
Catered by Carlucci's Grill - Yardley, PA
Click Here for more info and to register:

Mothers' Guild News 

Mothers' Tea/Freshman and New Moms Welcome: This Sunday, Sept. 17,

Our annual Mothers' Tea will take place this Sunday! It's not too late to RSVP! Please click here to view the invitation. Please click here to RSVP.


2017 Mothers' Guild Craft Show - November 11-12, 2017 

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 & 12th.

Basket Donations: Each year, the Mothers' Guild puts together several themed baskets that are raffled off at the Craft Show, generating nearly $13,000 in funds to directly help our boys. We could use your help with donations of items for these baskets. Please click here to select an item to purchase, if you are able. Cash donations/gift cards to cover an item on our list are also appreciated. Please bring your donations to the September 17 or October 2 Mothers' Guild meeting.  You may also send the item with your son to drop off at the main office (no alcohol sent in). If this is not possible, please contact Becky Gabriele to arrange for a committee member to pick up your item.

Please call Becky Gabriele at (215) 499-7750 with any questions or email at

Please click here to access the Craft Show Baskets Sign-Up Genius.

Committee Volunteers: We will be seeking volunteers for many of the Craft Show committees. A Sign-Up Genius will be available in mid-September on the Mothers' Guild website, and also at our upcoming Mothers' Guild meetings. For a description of the committees, please click here. For more information, please contact Kate Braunstein at


Vendors: Our Craft Show is two months away! Interested vendors who would like an opportunity to be placed on our juried waitlist may contact us at:

Mothers' Guild Dues Donation
The Mothers' Guild would appreciate a suggested donation of $15 per son/class to assist with offsetting the costs of the various community-building events we host each year, such as the graduation reception, Ring Mass reception, Alumni Mom and Senior Mom celebrations, and Christmas dinner. To read more about the dues and conveniently pay online, please click here.


HGP Alumni News 

The HGP Class of 2017 Yearbook Party is scheduled for November 22. Please click here to view a "Save The Date" announcement.

Alumni Moms - we want to stay in touch! Please take a moment to visit the "Alumni Moms" page by clicking on the "Important Information for Alumni Moms" tab on Mothers' Guild page of the HGP website. Please complete the contact information and check the Mothers' Guild website frequently for updates.


Mothers' Guild webpage

Please visit the Mothers' Guild webpage at to stay current on all Mothers' Guild upcoming events!



Save the Date: Educators' Symposium on Oct. 11

Holy Ghost Prep will be hosting its annual Educators' Symposium on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 on campus.  Mariale M. Hardiman, Ed.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education will be our guest speaker.  Dr. Hardiman's topic is How the Learning Sciences Inform Teaching and Learning: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Method. The evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception.  Dr. Hardiman's presentation will be at 6:15 p.m.  After the presentation, dinner will be served. Anyone that would like to attend this event, please contact Cindy McDonald in the Admissions Office at or at 215-639-0811 by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.



Memory Project portraits were delivered to Tanzania  

Fifteen HGP artists participated in the Memory Project during the 2016-2017 school year. Last year, HGP artists created portraits of children from Tanzania. Karen Smallen and her students were especially happy to get the photos of Tanzanian children because of the Holy Ghost Fathers’ presence in that African nation. The drawings took several hours to complete.

The portraits were delivered over the summer and the Memory Project recipients put together a thank you video. To view the video, click here.

Last year’s Memory Project artists were Hugh Collins, Graham Gibbs, Pioty Cymbalski, Jake Lawall, Dante DeSanctis, Jack Zhou, Cooper Pandorf, Patrick Oniate, Tom Forkin, Chris Aileo, Own Yake, Bryan Kelleher, Bruce Jiang, Eric Lorenzo, and Dean Guiliano.


Alumni Soccer Game & Dedication of Fran Nick Memorial Field

Join us on Saturday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m. for the Alumni Soccer Game Dedication of the Fran Nick Memorial Field, along with a special recognition of the 1992 State Championship Team! For those who have not yet registered, please click here for additional information and to RSVP.

Class of 2016 Alumni Parents Social 

Join your fellow 2016 Alumni Parents at the home of Sharon & Bob Joyce on Sunday, September 24th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. We look forward to connecting with all of the parents from 2016 to honor your sons and reconnect with one another. Casual HGP attire or something to represent your son's college or university is welcome! For those who have not yet responded, please click here for additional information and to RSVP. 

Freshman Parents Social will be held Oct. 5

The Freshman Parents Social will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 7-9 p.m. in Founders Hall. Click here to RSVP.

HGP students enjoy production of Mozart's Magic Flute" 

Nine Holy Ghost Prep students, along with students from Nazareth Academy, attended a cutting-edge Opera Philadelphia production of Mozart's "Magic Flute" on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The show used modern technology in lieu of traditional scenery. A great time was had by all!

Class Notes needed for next issue of Holy Ghost Prep Magazine 

HGP alums, we are interested in hearing about the sweet promotion you just landed, your weddings, new babies, your retirement travels, or your latest get-together with other Ghost alums. Please take a moment to send us an update and a photo for possible inclusion in the Class Notes section of the next issue of Holy Ghost Prep Magazine.  Please email your update (including a high-res photo) to Bill Doherty, our director of communications, at 



2017-2018 student schedule changes 

Student schedule changes must be finalized by the end of the second cycle of classes, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Schedule changes are made with consideration given to the student’s academic record and scheduling constraints. Students should see Mrs. Carmine with any scheduling concerns.


Athletics News

13th Annual C.A.R.E.S. Walk - Sunday, October 1st at 9 a.m.   Join the Holy Ghost Prep community and Coaches vs. Cancer as we continue this important service tradition.  View the information flyer and register at


Fall Sports Updates: Visit our athletics page,

Grade School Basketball Clinic is up and running!  Visit for details and registration.

HGP Golf Classic - Organize your foursome today!

MondayOctober, 23, 2017 at The Union League Torresdale  

All proceeds from the HGP Golf Classic benefit HGP athletics. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available for families or businesses.

Registration and sponsorship information is available at


Nice additions to the nurse's office

The nurse's office has two notable additions to its décor this year, a Holy Ghost Prep blanket that science teacher Amanda Coopersmith made out of HGP t-shirts (it took eight hours from start to finish, she says) and a shirt pillow that Ann Bushek, R.N., our school nurse, made out of old forensics shirts.

“I heard Ryan Abramson talking about extra shirts and thought it would be a good addition to the wonderful decorations Anne always has in the nurse's office,” says Coopersmith. “I also know each of my children really liked having a piece of home with them when they each got sick the first semester (as college students tend to do) and thought it might bring a bit of comfort to any sick students while waiting to go home. I think the shirt pillow Ann made finishes off the set nicely.”

Job opening -- Director of Counseling

Director of Counseling: The Director of Counseling develops, maintains, organizes, and implements programs and classes which help foster adolescent development of HGP students.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years counseling in the high school setting or its equivalent. Certification in counseling with a master’s degree is preferred. The candidate’s primary focus is to work with  existing programs and special initiatives to promote the social, emotional and academic development of college-bound young men. This person will also help us build out  and further enhance a best practices approach for our social and emotional programs, as well as managing appropriate records for students.

HGP Fathers' Association  

Fathers Association Monthly Meeting

We invite all dads/guardians to join us at our next Fathers’ Association monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 PM in the Sager Conference Room. 


Fathers Association webpage

Please visit the Fathers Association webpage at to stay current on upcoming events!

Upcoming activities/events

10/1 – CARES Walk: Donations of snacks for after the walk.

10/7 – Soccer alumni picnic & Fran Nick Field dedication: Volunteers are needed to assist with the cookout  (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).

10/10 - Fathers' Association General Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sager Conference Room

Libertae Community Service Project

HGP Dance - parking

10/21 - Chapel Cleanup [Father/Son]

10/22 - Open House [11 a.m. – 2 p.m.]: Parking


The Fathers Association is a service organization.  Membership is open to fathers and guardians of students and alumni of Holy Ghost Preparatory School.  Monthly membership meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Sager Conference Room.

As a service organization, the Fathers’ Association provides socialcultural, and service benefits to HGP. 

·         The social events include, but are not limited to providing support for planning and conducting the soccer tailgate event, ski trip, go-kart racing and the father/son retreat.

·         Cultural activities include the planning and key note speaker arrangements for the Communion Breakfast in May and speakers and programs that may include faculty members.

·         Service events include parking support and management at HGP school activities including the Open House, Mother’s Guild Craft Fair, dances and HGP graduation, the planning, managing, and implementation of the Christmas Blessing donations to needy families in surrounding parishes, as well as community service projects such as the HGP Chapel Cleanup and Libertae grounds work days.



Important News from College Guidance  

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Financial Aid Night (FAFSA) (Senior Parents), 6:30 p.m. in library

Friday, Sept. 29 Coffee Talk: What You Can Be Doing Now (Sophomore Parents), 8 a.m. in library 

Follow The College Guidance Office on Twitter. You will get the latest college information, scholarship updates, deadline reminders and much more! Join them on Twitter now, @HGP_College.

Kaplan SAT Prep Class

Holy Ghost Prep is partnering with Kaplan to prepare our students for the SAT test. Through this partnership, Kaplan will provide, at a discounted price, a Fundamental SAT Test Preparation course for students at Holy Ghost Prep. This prep class will be for the December 2017 SAT Test.

To find out more information and if you are interested in registering for this SAT Course, please see the attached flyer.   If you have any further questions please contact AnnMarie Dougherty, Director of College Guidance at

Catalano Studio's "Senior Experience"

This September, Holy Ghost and Catalano Studio partner together capturing the essence of "THE SENIOR EXPERIENCE." We will showcase various HGP seniors and the components of strong young men guilded by a stellar education.  Whether it be on the sports field, masterminding a science project or playing an instrument, their passion will be reflected. To remember this time at Holy Ghost, never forgetting how these past years have shaped both your son's character and his life, is a tribute to us all! 

FYI: Be on the lookout for Matt Doucette and Jack Elliott on the upcoming cover of Surburban Life.
Call Catalano Studio today to schedule "The Senior Experience" session for your son! 


HGP Class of 2018: It's time to register for Senior Retreats 

It is time to register for senior retreats. The HGPACT retreat is an opportunity for seniors to reflect on their time at HGP, grown their spirituality, and experience time away with their class. 
The three retreat dates will be:
Oct. 18-21, 2017
Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2017
Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2018
Students can register for the retreats now by  "Click here to access the HGPACT Registration form and then simply fill it out and return it to the Campus Ministry office. There is limited space on each retreat.
If you have any questions, contact Mark Whartenby at


Access medical forms on HGP's Health page

Ann Bushek, R.N., our school nurse, has continued to keep our students  safe, and most importantly, HEALTHY this school year!  She has also created a new Health page on our school’s website.  On this page, our HGP parents can quickly access forms for school such as asthma, severe allergy, and medication, as well as accessing the 11th grade physical and immunizations form.  The Health page can be reached



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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