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February 9, 2018     


Nine HGP seniors recognized in early-decision acceptance ceremony  

Nine members of Holy Ghost Prep's Class of 2018 recently received early-decision acceptance into some of the country's most prestigious universitiesTo read more about the Feb. 6 ceremony that recognized them, click here(Missing from photo is Brian Gabriele) 




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Getting their Hall pass 

Eight former Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes were inducted into HGP Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 27 at the Maltese Room in Bensalem. (photo by Don Otto/Catalano Studio). Missing from photo is Philip Thompson '97, who resides in Hawaii. To read more about the newest inductees, click here.

President Geruson, four HGP student-athletes appear on area high school sports show

On Feb. 6, Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory Geruson '79 and HGP student-athletes Cole Martillotti, Shawn Donohue, Becket Chapin, and Tony Carbino joined radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show. The show will air Feb. 11. To read more about the show, click here



Nominations needed for "30 under 40" issue of Holy Ghost Prep Magazine   

The next issue of Holy Ghost Prep Magazine will be our first-ever "30 under 40" issue. in that issue, we will spotlight 30 amazing HGP alums under the age of 40. To nominate a young alum, just email Bill Doherty, HGP's director of communications, at with the nominee's name and a brief description of why that person is "30 under 40" worthy.

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




Founders Week Charity Drives -- Deadline to donate is Feb. 16

As a celebration of our Spiritan Identity,  we are having each of the four cohorts working to facilitate drives to help local charities and schools. Items can be dropped off in the back of the Chapel until February 16.  Boxes are marked for each cohort.


Cohorts Des Places and Brottier, so McGurk, Griffin, Rosemarynowsky, Roach, Healy, McGlade, Vonderwinkle, Huber: will be collecting for Legacy for Life.  Items to bring in:

Baby Supplies

Similac Advanced Formula

Baby Bottles

Sippy Cups

Baby Clothing New Size Newborn to 4T-boys and girls

Baby Towels

Baby Shoes

Baby Socks

Baby Bibs

2T-3T Pull Ups

Newborn Diapers (not size 1 but Newborn)

Other Supplies

Toilet Paper

Lysol Wipes

Hand Soap

Paper Towels


Libermann and Laval, so Murphy, McCabe, Weigard, Fitzgibbon, Bevan, Hehir, Wagner, McGovern:  will be collecting Hygiene Kits that will go to both the Trenton Area Rescue Mission and Cornwells Methodist Church.  Students  are asked to bring in assembled kits.

A large Ziploc bag is the preferred container for the kits.

A basic kit would include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, and deodorant.


Extra items you can add to a pack are: razor, shaving cream, and socks.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mark Whartenby, our director of campus ministry. 



Upcoming Alumni Events 

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.

Spring Auction - Save The Date 

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


Two HGP students qualify for French Honors Society

The two HGP students who are part of the National French Honor Society are Mark Pabalan and Owen Sienko. Way to go, guys!

Five HGP students become Latin Honor Society members 

Congratulations to the five HGP students (from left to right)—Matthew Doucette, Kevin Mulcahy, Paul Bizzaro, Anthony Baum, and Steven Macchione—who qualified to be members of the Latin Honor Society. The Latin Honor Society requires HGP students to possess an A average and “good citizenship.” HGP also adds that students be active members of the Classics Club and that they help with tutoring in Latin either independently or through National Honor Society. 

Course registration begins for 2018-19    

The 2018-2019 Course Registration process has begun! Juniors met with Department Chairs on January 23 and January 31 to hear information regarding electives and course selection. The College Guidance Department has begun meeting individually with juniors 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.




Senior class portrait will be taken April 24

FYI: HGP senior students will be photographed April 24th (rain date 4/26) for their commemorative Class Portrait. This image, taken by Catalano Studio, will be created on the school campus with the seniors in their NAVY BLUE BLAZERS, khaki pants and tie featuring the cherry blossoms. To find out more information or to order this keepsake, click here

Athletics News

Spring Sports Registration - Tuesday, February 13th during AM Assembly.  Please read the important information letter at

Winter Sports Team Updates-

Grade School Basketball Clinic begins Tuesday, February 20th Read the information flyer at

HGP Mothers' Guild News 

Volunteers Needed For Mother-Son Dance

The Mother-Son Dance Committee has been hard at work planning all the details for this year’s Mother-Son Dance, which will take place on Saturday, March 10.

Volunteers are needed to help transform the Firebird Fieldhouse into the perfect setting for our rock and roll-themed evening for HGP mothers and sons. Also greatly needed is help cleaning up after the dance. Please consider volunteering an hour or two of  your time. Remember “Many hands make light work,” so kindly help out if you are able to.  Visit our SignUp Genius for the volunteer schedule by clicking here.



Mother-Son Dance - Saturday, March 10, 2018: Registrations Needed By March 3

We invite all moms and guardians to join us on Saturday, March 10, 2018 for our annual Mother-Son Dance.

Please come and join us for an evening of dinner and dancing, and some Mother-Son bonding time. Whether you are a freshman mom, a senior mom, or somewhere in between, this evening promises to be fun for all! This year’s theme is “Mother-Son Rock and Roll Tour.”

Please click here to register.



Senior Moms - Pictures Needed ASAP!

At the Mother-Son Dance, we recognize the HGP seniors in a special way with a Senior Baby Photo Contest and a Senior Slideshow. We need you to mail an 8x10 baby photo of your son (COPIES ONLY! NO ORIGINALS!) These photos are displayed at the Mother-Son Dance and voted upon by the students for various awards. The Senior Slideshow is a video of pictures of the Class of 2018 from freshman through senior year. The boys really enjoy seeing these pictures and we need you to email photos to be included in this slideshow. Make this night memorable and fun ~ SEND PICTURES!! Please click here to view the flyer containing specific instructions on how to submit your photos. All photos must be received by February 21.


 Next Mothers’ Guild General Meeting - Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Mass

Please join us on Monday, March 5 for our next meeting. We will begin with 7:00 p.m. mass in the Chapel, followed by refreshments and fellowship in the Dining Hall. You could be a winner at our monthly raffle or 50/50 drawings. “HGP MOM” aprons will be available for purchase. Custom Made Comfort will be taking orders for their unique HGP products, and the Aramark school store will be open until the start of the meeting.

We will continue our collection of suits and blazers at the March meeting. If your son has any clean, gently used suits and/or blazers which no longer fit, please bring them to the meeting.

Hospitality Volunteers are needed for the March 5 meeting. If you would like to donate a dessert/appetizer or help with set up or clean up, please click here.

All are welcome to participate in our March 5 liturgy as readers or gift bearers. To sign up, please click here.

Hope to see everyone on March 5th!


Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2017-18 Mothers’ Guild Executive Board will be accepted at the March 5th Mothers’ Guild meeting.  If you or someone you know has been considering joining the Mothers’ Guild Board, now is your opportunity! 

Volunteering for the Mothers’ Guild Board is a great way to get involved and meet people in our HGP community. Open positions include President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretaries (2), and Alumni Secretaries (2).  Please click here for descriptions of these positions.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to nominate yourself or another candidate for one of these positions, please click here for the nomination form.


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.


Catalano Studio News

Thank you to Jeani Grady of Catalano Studio for your participation in our 2017 Craft Show and for your generous donation which we received at the February meeting!

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.


Custom Made Comfort

Thank you to Tony and Janis McBryan of Custom Made Comfort for your support of Holy Ghost Prep. Custom Made Comfort sells pillows, blankets, and scarves with the HGP logo, perfect for gift giving! You can view the full HGP product line by clicking here


Give Back Greetings Fundraiser Update

Give Back Greetings is an ongoing HGP Mothers’ Guild fundraiser. For those special occasions coming up this spring—such as graduations, birthday parties, confirmations, first holy communions—be sure to order your 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. Visit to place your orders. Enter code 90033 to enjoy a generous 35% off through June 30! To visit their website, please click here.   




HGP Fathers' Association News 

Father-Son Event Survey
We are planning to create a survey to help drive ideas for upcoming HGP 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



HGP teacher Ted Nunez has book published  

Congratulations to Holy Ghost Prep teacher Ted Nunez recently had a book, Sustainable Abundance for All: Catholic Social Thought and Action in a Risky, Runaway World, published. Taking up key themes in the social teaching of Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, Sustainable Abundance for All argues that life in a risky, runaway world requires new forms of Christian praxis that are both forward-looking and rooted in tradition. Among the issues addressed are pathways toward sustainable development in the Anthropocene, automation and the transition to post-jobs society, the proactionary-precautionary debate over new technologies, and the dangers of becoming "people of the device." Sustainable Abundance for All lays the groundwork for new kinds of Christian social action and prophetic witness in the 21st century.


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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