BENSALEM, PA (September 13, 2016)
Holy Ghost Preparatory School (HGP) opened its 2016-17 academic year with the traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, September 11. In his welcome address to those in attendance, HGP President Gregory J. Geruson ’79, invoked the Holy Spirit, “to bless and strengthen the United States on the 15th. Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. We also ask the Holy Spirit to be present in the hearts and minds of our 485 students, along with the faculty, staff, administration and families of our students as we begin this 119th school year.”
Several hundred students, staff, administration, friends of the school and their families attend the Mass and opening ceremonies in the main courtyard of the school.
Featured during the day’s activities were an overview of HGP’s new Arts and Athletic Activity Center, which will house a performing arts theater and music and choral instruction, along with indoor athletic facilities with a multi-purpose gymnasium. In addition, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiative is a new facility in the school’s Cornwells Hall, which will allow students to participate in hands-on, inquiry-based learning to prepare HGP students for future careers. All are meant to showcase Holy Ghost Preparatory School as the area’s premier Catholic college-prep institution.
President Geruson pointed to the incoming freshman Class of 2020 of 124 students as being a sign of the continued robust class enrollment at Holy Ghost Prep. He indicated that the school is on solid financial footing with exciting plans for the future.
Holy Ghost Prep was founded in 1897 as Holy Ghost Apostolic College, a six-year seminary for the education of the Holy Ghost priests and brothers. HGP today is a vibrant community of nearly 500 young men from more than 100 elementary feeder schools from throughout metropolitan Philadelphia counties and New Jersey. HGP students prepare for college and adult life through a challenging program which stresses the cultivation of students’ unique gifts and talents, academic excellence, and generous service to the poor, forming young men morally, intellectually, and spiritually in the Spiritan tradition.