Reaching Higher and Higher

Dr. Princess Gayles-JonesDr. Princess Gayles-Jones, MSN ’18, DNP ’20, knew she wanted to become a nurse, ever since she opted in 11th grade for the Health Profession Liaison program at Trenton Central High School. Through the program, she began an 11-year relationship with the St. Francis Medical Center, where she practiced nursing on every floor and found her calling on the correctional health floor working with the prison population. Her extensive career experiences and a resolute pursuit of education paved a path to this spring when Gayles-Jones earned her hood and gown and a coveted Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Holy Family University.

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Two Outstanding HFU Alumni Educators Receive Lindback Awards

Lindback Award Recipients Christine Jordan, M’09, Terese Gallen, M’11

Lindback Award Winners (from left to right): Christine Jordan, M'09 and Terese Gallen, M'11

Two Holy Family School of Education alumni, Terese Gallen, M’11 and Christine Jordan, M’09 have been named recipients of the 2020 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teachers. The awards are presented annually by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation to recognize outstanding educators in the Philadelphia School District.  This year’s winners were announced during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8).

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Pomp and (Unusual) Circumstance

Dear Holy Family University Graduates,

While we may have to wait for the pomp and circumstance, there’s no time like the present to celebrate your incredible accomplishments. Congratulations to all of our graduates – from June 2019 to May 2020 – who would have walked today at commencement to receive your Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral diplomas in front of a loving audience.

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Holy Family University Receives CARES ACT Funds Amounting to $1,011,979 to Support Students Affected by COVID19

On April 9, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that funding would be distributed to colleges and universities to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding was available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, that was recently signed into law. A formula was used based on student enrollment, that awarded Holy Family University a total of $2,023,957 of which 50%, or $1,011,979, was to be used to support students directly, who have demonstrated need and are facing significant financial challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The disbursement of the funds were (are) designed to prioritize students with the greatest demonstrated need and ensure that funds are distributed to as many students as possible.

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Celebrating our Graduates and Looking Forward

Dear Holy Family Community,

Alas, our seniors have graduated and we couldn’t be more proud of each and every one in the Class of 2020 who has achieved this momentous milestone! I’m especially proud of this particular class for the determination and resilience they’ve demonstrated to reach their dreams. Please join me in celebrating their success!

This coming Monday would have been our 63rd Commencement ceremony and it makes me sigh to think that nearly 900 of these exemplary graduates should be receiving diplomas on stage, and celebrating in front of family and friends. While we are unable to celebrate together immediately, we remain committed to an in-person celebration at a safe time to be determined in the future. We’re considering options that include December or even next May. I know this feels like a long time to wait, but unfortunately this virus has no timeframe, and we are at its mercy.

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CARES Act Emergency Federal Student Aid Information

May 4, 2020

Dear Students,

Holy Family has just received $2 million in CARES Act funding, with slightly more than $1 million now available to help our students most in need. As a result, we are able to provide some relief in the form of emergency financial aid grants up to $1,500 for expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus.

If you are an undergraduate student, who already received Title IV federal financial aid for the spring 2020 semester, or a graduate student that received federal loans for the spring 2020 semester, you may qualify for emergency financial aid related to food, housing, technology, course materials, healthcare, and childcare. (Eligible students must have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $15,000.)

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Taking a Walk Down Memory Lane to Remember Bill Kellagher and His Name Sake

William J. Kellagher ‘90 (May 1915 – June 1989)William “Bill” Kellagher was a Holy Family student, unlike many others. Before officially enrolling in the University, Bill became a popular figure on campus, attending all of the Philosophy and English classes, studying in the library or outside during nice weather, and treating students to lunch or coffee. His rich connection to the campus community encouraged Bill to register for classes in his golden years, after retiring from a career in manufacturing and serving in the U.S. Marines during World War II.

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Sharing Good News to Help Us Through

April 24, 2020

Dear Holy Family University Community,

I hope you are all doing well as we focus on finals and head towards the end of our spring semester. It has truly been a semester to remember, and I hope what we’ll be able to take from it is the ability to hope, pray and continue to persevere and reach for our dreams. These have been challenging times for all of us, including the University, and I’m heartened to share some good news with you.

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Inspiring Faith and Hope Together: A Special Easter Message

Dear Holy Family University Community,

As we prepare for these Holy Days, I would like to share some thoughts with you face-to-face. Please click on the video.

Wishing you and your families good health, peace and love. I look forward to the time when we can get together again soon in person. Until then, be well.


Sister Maureen
University President, CSFN, PhD