President's Office

Dear Friends,

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

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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

2017-18 Trustees

2018-19 Trustee Leadership

M. Shawn Bort, Chair, Fr. Swope, and Dr. Mark C. Reed, Vice Chair

Prep Classic

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

Philly Phun!

Summer service learning students present to City Hall.
Fr. Swope and Iggy, the Prep dog, on the first day of the 2018-19 academic year.

Listen. Understand. Act.

"I look forward to working with all of the Prep constituencies to move the school forward toward a successful future.

St. Joseph's Prep has a proud tradition and a 167-year legacy to uphold. Its mission inspires and brings us together. The Prep is steeped in a firm foundation of Jesuit education, but enters a future full of new frontiers. I am eager to embark on a new focus, building upon our legacy, strengthening our Prep community and creating a future where all citizens of the Prep proudly fulfill their obligations and responsibilities.

Thank you for your feedback, thoughts and prayers as we work together to guide the young men of St. Joseph's Prep as they become men, for and with others."

--Rev. John W. Swope, SJ '72

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
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