Welcome to the President’s page of St. Joseph’s Prep website. Thank you for your interest in our school, our students and our Jesuit legacy. St. Joseph’s Prep, founded in 1851, and has been a beacon of education in Philadelphia from our beginnings at Old St. Joseph’s Parish on Willings Alley. We are proud of our heritage, our alumni and our students. Our home in Philadelphia is an important part of the opportunities that we are able to offer to our students. We are fortunate to have the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Schuylkill River and City Hall just short rides away--and we use those locations to our advantage every day! If you are interested in learning more about the Prep, stop by and see what the excitement is all about.
I am pleased to welcome the Class of 2022 and all returning students for the 2018-19 academic year. I know that a student's four years at the Prep fly by, but I am energized by seeing the joy on their faces and growth along their journey. Their Prep story will not end with Commencement--their unique stories will continue to be written as those young men are flung into the world to make it better and to be the men that God wants them to be.
We are grateful to the many families who entrust their sons to us. We are proud of that trust and colleagues at the Prep work each and every day to live up to those high expectations. May God bless you, your families and St. Joseph’s Prep.
Rev. John W. Swope, SJ ’72
2017-18 Year in Review
The 2017-18 President's Leadership Team
John Petruzzelli, Beth Vander Vennet, Betsy Courtney, Fr. Swope, Joseph Dougherty, Rick Scanlan, Rev. Chuck Frederico, SJ.
Mass of the Holy Spirit 2017
First Celebration of the Eucharist at the Church of the Gesu for AJ Rizzo, SJ (front, center)
Back row: Rev. Chuck Frederico, SJ, Rev. Thomas Pesci, SJ, Rev. Dan Joyce, SJ, Rev. Vincent Genovesi, SJ
Front row: Bro. Bob Carson, SJ, AJ Rizzo, SJ, Fr. Swope, Rev. Rich McCouch, SJ
Mothers' Club Mother-Son Communion Brunch
Debbie Bevilacqua, Monica Mohler, Fr. Swope, Sr. Mary Scullion, Tina Clayton
Stand Up for Speedy
Fr. Swope with Mimi and Speedy Morris
Alumni/Father-Son Communion Breakfast
Mark Miller ’18 and Michael Miller ‘18 with their father, Matt Miller, and Jim O'Brien '62 as they receive the David A. Sauter, SJ, Award
An Evening with Lidia
Tara McFadden, Rev. Chuck Frederico, SJ, Debbie Bevilacqua, Lidia Bastianich, Fr. Swope and Kristen Talke
2018-19 Trustee Leadership
M. Shawn Bort, Chair, Fr. Swope, and Dr. Mark C. Reed, Vice Chair
Fr. Swope with members of the St. Joseph's Prep Golf Team
Aidan Kelly ’18 carries a candle in memory of Ryan Gillyard ’18 at the Class of 2018 Baccalaureate Mass