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January 20, 2017 


16 HGP artists exhibit their work in Bucks County

Sixteen HGP student artists have their work displayed in two Bucks County exhibits, the Phillips Mill Youth Art Exhibit in New Hope and the "Emergence" show in Bristol (the "Emergence" artists are pictured here). To read more about them, click more.   




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 Mothers Guild News

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

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. The Aramark school store will be open until the start of the meeting. Hope to see everyone on February 6th!

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. The "Save the Date" flyer is below. The formal invitation will be posted on the Mothers' Guild website, so be sure to check it out next week!

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.

Give Back Greetings Fundraiser Update

Thank you to the 16 families that purchased photo Christmas cards from Give Back Greetings. We recently received a check for $176.74 that represents 10% back on these purchases.

Give Back Greetings is an ongoing HGP fundraiser. For those special occasions coming up this Spring—such as graduation, birthday parties, Confirmation, First Holy Communion—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.

Enjoy 35% off their entire selection through June 30 using discount code HGPSAVE. Our website for the fundraiser is


In memoriam: Former HGP teacher Vince Hausmann

Vince Hausmann, Ph.D., a former Holy Ghost Prep teacher during the mid-1980s, passed away on January 9 from lung cancer at the age of 57. To read more about Vince, click here


HGP students participate in annual MLK Day of Service  

On January 16, several groups of Holy Ghost Prep students participated in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by working at the Saint Katherine Drexel Shrine. To read more about it, click here


Class Registration begins for 2017-18  

The 2017-2018 course registration process will begin soon! Juniors meet with department chairs on January 24 and January 31 to hear information regarding electives and course selection. The College Guidance department will meet individually with juniors starting Monday, February 6, 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 that will be on your left after you login. A complete description of the course offerings for the 2017-2018 school year will be available starting January 23 on the HGP website under “Quick Links.”

Going the extra 26.2 miles  

Dave Ventresca ’87, senior manager of marketing and digital strategy at Accenture, Inc, lost his wife My Luu to cancer in September, 2015 to cancer. In addition to her many professional achievements, My Luu was on a quest to run marathons on all seven continents.  She completed eight races on six continents, missing only Antarctica. In March of 2017, Dave Ventresca and My’s brother Sang Luu (pictured here with Dave and My on their wedding day) will be running the Antarctica Marathon as a tribute to her and to help promote the the My Luu Memorial Fund, which benefits Y-Apply, a national 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to educating high-achieving public school students from diverse backgrounds on the applications and financial aid processes for top-tier colleges and institutions. To learn more about Dave's tribute to My Luu or to make a donation, click here


HGP's Spring Auction: May 6, 2017  



More "Save the Dates"

HGP Lacrosse Night January 21, 2017, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Chickie's and Pete's (Boulevard Plaza Location, 11000 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19116). Join all fellow alumni and the entire HGP Lacrosse Community for a night of fellowship and fun! Click here to RSVP.

Alumni Basketball Game - January 28, 2017, 2:30 p.m. Following the 1 p.m. Varsity Game against Devon Prep, join fellow HGP basketball alumni for friendly competition at an ALUMNI Basketball Game! Start time is approximately 2:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP.


Junior Class Parent Social February 17, 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Founders' Hall. Click here for additional information and to RSVP. 


The Forensics Pasta Dinner will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. 


Admissions Office News

7th grade practice examSaturday, Feb 25 -

Transfer applications for new students for 2017-2018. Contact the admissions office. 


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

Coaches vs. Cancer Classic set for tomorrow, January 21st!  The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will feature a marathon day of basketball starting at 10 a.m., all to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer's School Initiative.  Read more at



Last day to register for the HGP Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet!  Today is the last day to register for the Annual Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet.  Read about our inductees and register at



Winter Team Updates: Catch up on the latest accomplishments of our winter teams at



HGP Seeking Assistant Rowing Coaches. Learn more about coaching opportunities by visiting our Employment Opportunities Page at



Lacrosse Reception at Chickie’s and Pete’s Tomorrow Night! The lacrosse program will have a reception at Chickie’s and Pete’s NE Philly tomorrow, January 21st from 7-10 p.m.  Read more at



Important News from College Guidance

Kaplan STAT 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 March 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



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 Fathers' Association Upcoming Events

HGP Fathers' Association go-cart outing was a great success

On Sunday January 15, the first annual go-kart event for fathers, guardians and students of HGP was held to test their driving skills against each other and Speed Raceway’s indoor electric go-kart track. Over 40 individuals participated to determine if the next Lewis Hamilton was present at the Horsham track. A great time was had by all. Click on this link to view some photos from the go-kart event. You can download them by clicking the download on the top right next to the buy button. 

Next Fathers' Association General Meeting: Monday Feb. 13th at 7 p.m., Sager Conference Room in Founders Hall.

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



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  


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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