Ghost Stories

January 26, 2018     


From HGP to Team USA  

HGP alum Ryan Gunderson has gone on an amazing journey from Bristol Pike to a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team. To read a Philly Voice feature on Ryan's road to being an Olympian, click here




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Senior Owen Yake captures first place for painting   

Holy Ghost Prep senior Owen Yake (pictured) captured first prize in painting on January 20 for his self-portrait at the Phillips Mill Community Association 5th Annual Youth Art Exhibition. To read more about Owen, click more.  

HGP's forensics team excels at Columbia University

Holy Ghost Prep’s speech and debate team turned in some impressive performances at last weekend’s tournament at Columbia University. Seniors Luke Muller and Colin Landers (pictured) took home first place in duo interpretation. Other stellar HGP results at the Columbia University competition were Colton El-Habr (semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking); Stefano Arnone and Kevin Nowicke (semifinalists in duo); Pat Byrnes and Kevin D’Auria (quarterfinalists in oral interpretative); and Matt Davies (quarterfinalist in dramatic interpretation).


A surprise visitor  

HGP senior Michael DiNofa was presenting in his economics and political science elective course on Jan. 25 about the recently passed tax cut legislation when U.S. representative Brian Fitzpatrick (center), who voted in favor of the law, walked into the room. To read about Fitzpatrick's visit, click here.   

Order your 2018 Firebird Yearbook today

The 2017-18 school year at Holy Ghost Prep will end soon, but yearbooks last forever. So please click here to order the 2018 Firebird Yearbook today. 



HGP to host Innovation and Technology Fair at the Sixers game on March 26

Holy Ghost Prep will be hosting an Innovation and Technology Fair before, and during, the Philadelphia 76ers game on March 26th. HGP will be bringing some of our more recent technological achievements and acquisitions, including: VEX competitive robots, a 3-D printer, and a Virtual Reality setup. There will be other local middle schools, high schools, and universities in attendance as well, all showcasing some of the amazing things they have been doing at their schools. Anyone interested just needs to purchase a ticket to the game. This should be done by emailing Brandon Petcaugh (, all tickets can be picked up the week before the event. Ticket-holders are allowed special access to the concourse before the general public (around 5:30 PM). The fair will be located on the concourse, and will run until halftime, at which point the students will be treated to talks by local professional engineers. The focus of this fair is on learning about new and exciting technologies, from the perspective of students of all ages. So get a ticket, and come out to learn something and support our newer HGP programs!  

To learn more the March 26th Innovation and Technology Fair, click here



Tuition reminder from the Finance Office

Just a reminder that all semi-annual and quarterly tuition payments are due on January 31, 2018.  Please remit your checks to HES Plan, PO Box 2653, Harrisburg, PA 17105 or online at


Upcoming Alumni Events 


HGP Alumni Basketball Game - Last Call! Tomorrow, January 27, 2:00 p.m. Click here for details and to register. 

Junior Class Parent Social - Friday, February 16, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.: Click here to RSVP.

Forensics Pasta Dinner - Click here to register.

HGP Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet - Saturday, January 27, 6:00 p.m. 

Spring Auction - Save The Date 

*Donate an item*, *Become a sponsor*, *Volunteer*


Seven HGP students qualify for Spanish Honors Society

The following seven HGP students who are part of the National Spanish Honor Society are (from left to right): Brian Gabriele, Alex Taylor, Brendan Mindiak, Chris Aileo, Matthew Hofmann, Connor DiMarco and Albert Johnston-Ramirez.

Course registration begins for 2018-19    

The 2018-2019 Course Registration process has begun! Juniors met with Department Chairs on January 23 and will meet again on January 31 to hear information regarding electives and course selection. The College Guidance Department will meet individually with juniors starting Monday, February 5, to discuss options and register classes for senior year. Once courses are entered in PowerSchool they can be viewed by choosing the "Class Registration" tab on the left upon login.

All students will receive recommendations from their teachers for placement into core courses which will be taken home for parent or guardian signatures. Sophomores will meet with the College Guidance Department to select possible seventh or co-curricular courses starting Monday, February 12. Freshmen and their parents or guardians will receive a Google Form through email the week of February 12 to select possible seventh or co-curricular courses.

A complete description of the course offerings for the 2018-2019 School Year can be found here: 2018-2019 Program of Study.




Athletics News


Winter Sports Teams Updates: Visit

Grade School Basketball Clinic Registration is now open!  Visit to register. 

HGP Mothers' Guild News 

Next Mothers' Guild Meeting - Monday, February 5, 2018

All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next general meeting on Monday, February 5. We begin our gathering with 7 p.m. Mass in the Chapel, followed by our meeting and refreshments in the dining hall. At the February meeting, we will be treated to a presentation by our HGP Forensics team, and we will hear more about the upcoming Mother-Son Dance. We will also have raffle drawings and 'HGP Mom' aprons for sale.

Exciting News: We are collecting clean, gently-used blazers, suits, and ties at the February meeting and future meetings for our new HGP Suit and Blazer Swap program. Please read below for details.

Our Hospitality Committee is in need of volunteers to donate refreshments and to assist with setting up and cleaning up. If you would like to help out, please click here.

All are welcome to participate in our February liturgy as readers or gift bearers. To sign up, please click here.


Mother-Son Dance

Registrations taking place now for the most anticipated event of the year! The Mother-Son Dance/Rock and Roll Tour will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Click here to register.




Suit & Blazer Swap

HGP Suit & Blazer Swap is gearing up! Donate your son's gently-used, no-longer-fitting
items at the next Mothers' Guild meeting!

The Mothers' Guild is collecting blazers, suits, and ties that no longer fit but still have some life left in them. YES, Suits. Blazers. And ties.  We will collect these items at our next few meetings and then, when we have enough inventory built up, we will schedule SWAP Events open to all so you can donate what doesn’t fit, take what does! This is completely free!

Just bring in your donations to the next Mother’s Guild Meeting clean and on hangers and stay tuned for information about SWAP Events once they are scheduled.

Contact Judy Krohn if you have any questions:



HGP Mom Aprons

If you would like to purchase an 'HGP Mom' apron, please contact us at They will also be available at the February meeting. The cost is $20.

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.



Give Back Greetings Fundraiser Update

Give Back Greetings is an ongoing HGP fundraiser. Be sure to order your holiday greetings, invitations, announcements, and thank you cards from Give Back Greetings. It is a great alternative to Shutterfly, Snapfish, and other online greeting card companies, with 10% of each order given back to Holy Ghost Prep. Save an additional 35% through June 30 with discount code 90033. To visit their website, please click here.   



Catalano Studio News

Thank you to Jeani Grady of Catalano Studio for your support of Holy Ghost Prep!

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



HGP Fathers' Association News 

JV/Varsity Basketball Games

If you are interested in volunteering at any of the following JV/Varsity basketball games, please click on the link below. 

Saturday, January 27  from  11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday. February 2 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For additional information, please outreach to Sean O’Hara at


Father/Son Event Survey
We are planning to create a survey to help drive ideas for upcoming father/son events.    When you receive the link, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey so that we can collect your thoughts and ideas. Your feedback will help identify 2-3 events for all to enjoy; and while I am not sure if there is a single event that would peak everyone’s interest, I am sure in the coming months we can plan a few events that would help in making sure each of us has at least one event we can participate with our son. To receive a copy of the survey, please forward an email to


Updates and Announcements

February 2018 

2/13 - All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next Fathers Association General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Sager Conference Room

Ski Trip


March 2018

3/10 – Mother-Son Dance - Parking

3/13 - Fathers Association General Meeting and at 7:00 p.m. in Sager
Conference Room


April 2018

4/10 - All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next Fathers Association General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Sager Conference Room

Father/Son Retreat


May 2018
5/6 – Father/Son Communion Breakfast

5/8 - All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next Fathers Association General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Sager Conference Room


June 2018

6/1 - Baccalaureate Mass - Parking

6/2 – Graduation - Parking


6/12 - All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next Fathers Association General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Sager Conference Room. 



Fathers Association Dues Donation
The Fathers Association 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.

Donations can also be sent to school with your son, brought to a meeting or mailed directly to the school at:

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Attn:  Fathers Association
2429 Bristol Pike
Bensalem, PA  19020

Please make your Donation check payable to: Holy Ghost Prep Fathers Association.

Thank you for your support.



Have questions about the Fathers Association?

For additional information regarding the Fathers Association, contact Ron Spangler at



Greg Wozniak '13 is drafted by Denver Outlaws

Greg Wozniak '13 (pictured below) was selected by the Denver Outlaws in the fifth round of the 2018 Major League Lacrosse's supplemental draft in mid-January. To read more about Greg, click here

News from College Guidance  

Reminder to All Seniors

Copies of letters of acceptance, waitlist, deferral as well as scholarship awards should be brought to or emailed to your College Counselor.  This information is confidential and is very important to keep our Naviance statistics up-to-date.



The Maguire Foundation

Holy Ghost Preparatory School is a partner with the Maguire Foundation, a philanthropic enterprise  founded by James J. and Frances Maguire in October, 2000 that focuses its resources on education. The Maguire Foundation provides grants to grade school, high school, and college students so that they may have an opportunity to benefit from a quality education.

The Maguire Foundation’s mission is grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola of being men and women for others. The foundation believes that partnering with educational institutions to provide scholarship assistance to children and young adults will help build a strong foundation for success.

HGP’s partnership with Maguire Foundation brings unprecedented value and opportunity to students. The partnership provides scholarship assistance to freshmen each year and supports them through four years of high school, as well as college students with scholarship opportunities to support students in selected institution’s through four years of matriculation.  The goal of the Maguire Scholars Program is to support and enrich the leaders of tomorrow.

The Maguire Scholars Program

These need-based scholarships are available to seniors in high school who are applying to select colleges that are members of the Maguire Scholars Program.  All applications should be submitted online.  The deadline is February 15, 2018

To read more about the Maguire College Scholars program, click here.   


Catalano Studio's "Senior Experience"

Go above and beyond with your son in capturing his monumental high school moments with a Senior Portrait from Catalano Studio. Jeani Grady, award-winning master photographer and owner of Catalano, has been asked to document the Holy Ghost seniors’ drive for excellence.  Her portraits are more than just photos, they capture the face of Holy Ghost and the components of a strong young man.  Your son's portrait will also be featured in special section in the yearbook. 

You send your son to Holy Ghost for an extraordinary experience, so let Catalano capture their picture-perfect senior year in an extraordinary portrait.                            

Contact Catalano Studio today to schedule "The Senior Experience" session for your son! 


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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