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January 6, 2017 


Callahan Lennon '17 is back on track 

Callahan Lennon '17 has overcome last year's foot injury and is trying to shave enough time off his one-mile and 3,000-meter times to impress college coachesTo read more about him, click more.   




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HGP hires new computer science teacher  

Holy Ghost Prep has hired Brandon Petcaugh (pictured) as a computer science teacher, effective February 6th. He will join Holy Ghost from New Foundations Charter School where he served as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) coordinator, computer science teacher and robotics moderator. To read more about him, click here



Save the Date -- Forensics Pasta Dinner is on March 5

The Forensics Pasta Dinner will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. 


First snowfall of 2017

The first snowfall of 2017 on Jan. 6 made Holy Ghost Prep's already scenic campus even prettier.

RSVP for Founders Mass on Feb. 2

Thursday, February 2nd is the feast day of Francis Libermann, C.S.Sp. (1802-1852). Libermann founded the Society of the Holy Heart of Mary and was instructed by the Pope to unite his congregation with the Spiritans who almost had become extinct as a religious order as a result of the French Revolution. Libermann was then elected 11th Superior General of the Spiritans and was responsible for expanding the missionary efforts of the Spiritans into east Africa.  Libermann was declared Venerable by Pope Pius IX in 1876.  Libermann is considered to be one of the great spiritual masters of his time and a pioneer of contemporary missionary philosophy.

Venerable Francis Libermann, pray for us! 

We will hold a special Mass to honor his feast day on Feb. 2 at 8:45 a.m. To RSVP, click here

Athletic News

HGP Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday, January 28th Register now at
Lacrosse Night at Chickie's and Pete's NE Saturday, January 21st.  Register now at
HGP Winter Team Updates at
Interested in getting recruited at the next level?  Camps drive the recruiting process.  Read more at
Basketball to compete in the inaugural BAL Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday, January 7th at Dock Mennonite Academy (formerly Christopher Dock Mennonite HS). Read more at
Spring sports registration information is now posted at All athletes and a parent are required to attend the registration on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  Read the information letter on the athletics page for more details.

Important 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 Ms. Kudla at in the College Guidance Office.  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 (see list below). All applications are due to Ms. Dougherty in College Guidance no later than February 21, 2017.  If you have any questions, please email

To be eligible for the Maguire Scholarship Program students must:

- Demonstrate financial need by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0-10,000.

- Qualify for admission to selected institutions (see below).

- Have at least a 3.0 GPA or equivalent in high school.

- Be engaged in community service and/or extracurricular activities.

- Participate in regular counseling in accordance with university requirements.

- Agree to participate in an annual Maguire Scholars Program event.

- Complete a Maguire Scholars Program application (include a letter of recommendation from supervisor of a volunteer/community service or extracurricular activity).

- Student or family must contribute at least $5,000 per year to tuition, room, and board ($1,000 at a community college).

The following is a list of participating colleges: Boston College, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, College of the Holy Cross, Drexel University, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Gwynedd Mercy University, Immaculata University, LaSalle University, Loyola University Maryland, Neumann University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Penn State - Main Campus, Philadelphia University, Rosemont College, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Scranton, Villanova University, Widener University, Community College of Philadelphia, and Montgomery County Community College.

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



HGP to host leading expert on the development of the teenage mind

As part of its 2016-17 Parent Education Series, Holy Ghost Prep will welcome Dr. Phillip Kendall (pictured), the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University, to discuss the development of the teenage mind on Tuesday, February 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the school’s dining hall. To learn more about Dr. Kendall, click more

January 2017 Cafeteria Menu  


Mothers' Guild News 

Next Mothers' Guild General Meeting - Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. Mass

There will not be a general meeting in January. Please join us on Monday, February 6 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.

Our guest speaker at the Feb. 6th Mothers Guild meeting will be Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson, who will share his photos and experiences from his Tanzania trip.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase "HGP Mom" aprons and Herff Jones HGP charms. Tony McBryan of Custom Made Comfort items will be offering two new products: 1) spring sports blankets; and 2) a new HGP blanket for the home.

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

Save the Date: Mother-Son Dance on Saturday, March 4, 2017
We invite all moms and guardians to join us on Saturday, March 4, 2017 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 Masquerade Ball.

At the Mother-Son Dance, we recognize the seniors in a special way with a senior baby photo contest and a senior slide show. 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 slide show is a video of pictures of the Class of 2017 from freshman through senior year. The boys really enjoy seeing these pictures and we need you to email photos to be included in this slide show. 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 of HGP seniors must be received by February 17.

HGP Fathers' Association Upcoming Events

HGP Fathers' Association Father/Guardian Electric Go-Kart Outing  
Sunday, January 15, 2017              

WHERE: Speed Raceway, 200 Blair Mill Rd. in Horsham Pa 19044

WHEN: Noon to 2pm (arrive by 11:30 am)

COST: $65.00 per person (cost includes 2 races per person and light snacks/drinks)

Additional races may be purchased by individuals for $20.00 at day of event

DEADLINE: Deadline to sign up is this Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ski trip to Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Poconos -- February 26, 2017  (Greg Braun will be coordinating this event)

Communion Breakfast: May, 2017
Suggestions welcomed for both keynote speaker and Service Award nominees. 


Save the Date --- HGP Auction: May 6, 2017

To join our Auction team, please contact Christine Seighman, Coordinator of Special Events, at  



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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