President's Office

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in St. Joseph’s Prep. Whether this is your first time visiting our website or you’re a long-time friend of the Prep, welcome! I invite you to explore our Program of Studies and the many opportunities beyond the classroom that are available for our students. The Prep is a vibrant community with chances for students to find their vocation as scientist, artist, mathematician, writer, explore a wide range of clubs and excel at sports, drama, music, service projects and so much more.

As an alumnus and now President of the Prep, I’m happy to share some of the highlights of my first year at 17th and Girard through the slideshow below.  I feel blessed to be leading the Prep at this important time in our history, a place that is dear to the hearts of so many including Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney ’76. During his inauguration speech, Kenney reflected on the impact of the Prep in his life and thanked his parents for sending him to the Prep. He reflected on the values he learned here which are the foundation for his life in public service. “You can never truly be happy unless you are in service to others.” We were honored that he joined us at the Father/Son Alumni Breakfast in February.

The most rewarding aspect of my job is developing relationships with our students and celebrating their accomplishments. It was a privilege to confer degrees for the Class of 2016 at Commencement in June. I look forward to welcoming the Class of 2020 and their families in September, a generation of future leaders who will begin to form relationships, as men for and with others, that will last a lifetime. 


Rev. John W. Swope, SJ ’72

Year in Review

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Prep Jesuits with their vow​ crosses

(l-r) Fr. Swope, Bro. Carson, Fr. Surovick, Mr. Rosinski

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Former Prep Presidents (l-r): Fr. Bur, Fr. Swope, Fr. Byron, Fr. Jordan

The Swope Family

(lr-) Thomas Swope, MD '83, Melissa Butler, Fr. Swope with Kael Butler, John W. Swope, Cathleen Moynihan, Brendan Moynihan.

Leaders of Philadelphia Jesuit Institutions

(l-r) Mark Reed '92, President of Saint Joseph's University, Fr. Swope and Fr. Phil Florio '83, Pastor of Old St. Joe's

To Philly for Francis

Fr. Swope and Prep students, along with Vittoria Woodill lead the Papal pilgrimage to Independence Hall during the 2P4F pilgrimage.

Mother-Son Communion Breakfast

Prep students with Fr. Swope

Alumni/Father-Son Communion Breakfast

Stephen Kriz '92 and Fr. Swope present Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney '76 with a Prep jacket

Stand Up for the Prep

Michael Nutter '75 was honored with the Villiger Award

Prep Trustees

(l-r) Chris Tretta '71, Bill McKernan '87, Jim Mergiotti '71, Fr. Swope '72, Joe Mancano '72, Paul Geraghty, Fr. Dan Joyce and Jerry Buckley '78

Honoring Coach Speedy Morris

Fr. Swope, Fran Dunphy, Speedy Morris and Dennis Hart

Flag Blessing and Presentation

(l-r) Antony Braithwaite '89, Mr. and Mrs. DiDonato and Lt. Michael DiDonato '08

Inspired by Philly LOVE

Prep students celebrate with Fr. Swope

Class of 2016 Commencement

Jason Zazyczny '90, Principal and Fr. Swope

Listen. Learn. Lead.

"I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to be the next President of St. Joseph’s Prep and to continue the legacy that has stretched over 163 years.

My goal during this transition time is to LISTEN to my new community, LEARN from them, and then LEAD us into a next phase of adaptation and forward thinking.

In essence, and in true Jesuit fashion, to help guide us 'further still.'"

-- Fr. Swope

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