Alumnae News


Attention Class Reunion Planners:  Please email us at with the details of your upcoming reunion plans and we will post them on this web site and in the Harvester. Include the contact information you would like to see posted

Alumnae Association:  The Alumnae Board is comprised of representatives from various classes.  We meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month from September through May.  The Board would like to expand and welcomes any graduate who would like to join.  Our By-Laws allow for up to 6 members from each class.  If you are interested, please contact Pat McLaughlin on 610-544-0708 or send an email via this website,  We look forward to hearing from you.

2019 Annual Spring Luncheon and Fundraiser…. Our annual Spring Luncheon was held April 14, 2019 at the Porch at Lamb Tavern in Springfield, PA with over 170 in attendance.  We had raffles for baskets donated by our Alumnae board members and door prizes, as well as, our chance drive for two mini vacations in Sea Isle City and Townsend Inlet, generously donated by Mary Maxwell Flynn, ’50 and Peggy Henry Glancey, ’55.  All proceeds from the chances go to the Scholarship Fund for deserving West Catholic Prep female students. This year’s co-chairs Lucille Madalion, ’68 and Peggy Ford Rhoades, ’71 chose a theme of “Music of Our Lives” with a DJ playing tunes from our past. Congratulations to our two winners, first prize went to Karen DeCesare and the second prize was won by Karen James.  Thank you to all who attended, purchased chances and/or raffles, and contributed in any way.  The day was a successful fundraiser for our Scholarship Fund.

West Catholic Prep will again have a Night at the Phillies. This year’s game with the Washington Nationals will be on Friday night, July 12, 2019.  Game starts at 6:05PM with fireworks after the game.Tickets can be purchased on line on the West Catholic Prep website, or directly from the Phillies site, Tickets for Sections 108-110 are $40.00, Section 208 are $30.00 and Section 308 are $20.00.

Congratulations to Pat McLaughlin, Class of 1961 on receiving the Margaret Porter Blue and Gold Award at the Alumni Communion Breakfast on April 28, 2019. Pat was recognized for her tireless hard work in support of both the Alumnae Association and WCP.  Pat has served as the President of the Alumnae Association for the past 4 years and during that time has worn many hats to meet the needs of the Alumnae Association. She wishes a special thank you to Betsy Gleason Cunningham, Class of 1961 for being her mentor and assisting her in her role as President. Thank You Pat for all you do for our Alma Mater.

Alumnae Appreciation DayAlumnae Appreciation Day…The West Girls’ Basketball Team, “The Lady Burrs”, held an Alumnae Appreciation Day on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in conjunction with their game against Central Bucks West.  The team won by 63-58.  At half time all Alumnae in attendance were recognized by the team, each lady was presented with a red rose by a member of the team.  After the game a reception was held for all Alumnae in attendance.  Thank you and congratulations to the team, the coaches, and the Administration at WCP.  Pictures from the day were posted on the West Catholic Alums Facebook page by Tom McGinn.

2018 Annual Alumnae Communion Breakfast:  Our 90th Annual Communion Breakfast was held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Drexelbrook , 4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.  The mass was celebrated by Father Joseph Meehan.  Anne Datte provided the music for the mass.  The mass and luncheon were well attended with over 165 in attendance. We were fortunate to have several guests join us, Paul Colistra, WCP President, Kelly Lanza, Principal of WCP, Andrew Brady, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Brother Richard Kestler, FSC former President of West. Thank you and congratulations to our co-chairs, Rosalie Dugan McNeff, ’61 and Mary Maguin Small, ’60 and also to Sr. Denise Ware, SFCC, ’70 for developing and providing the program for the mass.

CONGRATULATIONS to our three chance ticket winners. Nancy McAneny Pomilo, Class of 1963 held the $1,000 1st prize winning ticket,  2nd prize winning ticket of $500 went to Regina Carcanague Brady, Class of 1956 and 3rd prize winning ticket of $300 went to Edna Lockwood Hneleski.


West Catholic Girls’ History

original sealOriginal West Girls’ Seal…We have located and purchased the original drawing of our school seal.  Thanks to Hannah Dougherty Campbell, ’69 for locating this on Ebay.  The drawing of the seal along with the original envelope post marked 1930 and addressed to Rev. Burns, the first principal of the school was placed on Ebay after it was found in a box of papers purchased at an auction in Lancaster.  It is a mystery who had it and how it left the school.  The seal has been framed and presented to the school, where it will be displayed.

conduct book1936 HOW and WHAT Handbook…This book was also found on Ebay.  It appears to be a handbook for new students on how to find their way around the building and also what is expected of them as students.

 Alumnae Gifts for Sale

Due to a increase in postal rates by the US Post Office, we unfortunately had to raise our shipping charges from $3.00 to $4.00

001Our popular West Catholic bracelets are back in stock. The bracelets are $12.00 and $4.00 postage.  To order your bracelet, send your check made payable to WCGAA to Mrs. Rosalie McNeff, 5 Park Ave, Norwood PA 19074. Rosalie can be reached on 610-532-1827 or 484-467-0918. Her email is  The bracelets are presently SOLD OUT.

20170222_190834 (1)We have added another item to our West Catholic Alumnae store.  We now have pens with WEST CATHOLIC GIRLS’ ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION imprinted on them.  The pens are blue metal and are a combination ball point pen and stylus.  They are $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00.  Postage is $4.00.  The pens can also be ordered from Rose McNeff, see her information above.

20170416_193746    20170416_194005 These are just 2 of the note cards designed by the Art Students at WCP, They have designed 6 note cards that are available for sale.  The cost is $5.00 plus $4.00 postage.  Each pack contains 6 cards, each card is a different design and the cards are blank on the inside.  The back of the card is marked “Created by West Catholic Prep Students”. To order send a check for $9.00 (includes $4.00 postage) to Mrs. Rosalie McNeff, 5 Park Ave, Norwood, PA 19074.

Lucite ornamentOur latest gift item is a clear Lucite ornament with a picture of the school and engraved with the words, “West Catholic Girls High School”.  The ornament is $10.00 and can be ordered by sending a check for $14.00 (includes $4.00 shipping cost) to Mrs. Rosalie McNeff, 5 Park Ave, Norwood, PA 19074.

  Blanket  Blankets/ Throws…Our newest item is a blue blanket with our seal in gold in the center.  This versatile item can be used as a beach blanket or a throw for over a chair, back of the sofa, on the bed, or in the car. The cost is $20.00 plus $8.00 shipping. To order send a check for $28.00 (includes shipping) made payable to WCGAA to Mrs. Rosalie McNeff, 5 Park Ave, Norwood, PA 19074.

All of the above items are sold at all West Girls’ Alumnae events.