These three phrases sum up perfectly the O’Hara experience. Fulfilling our mission to prepare saints for life in this world and in the next we endeavor to develop each young person into men and women of character. When all is stripped away it is our character which remains. To be of good nature. To be good of good will. To know our value as the sons and daughters of an all-loving God. To do what we can to improve the lives of others. To diminish suffering in the world and to replace it with joy. To stand up against injustice and to be witnesses of Christ in all that we do. This is what we aim to instill in the students of O’Hara.
Competence comes from a rigorous and relevant academic program. Young men and women of competence will leave our halls to pursue their education further and to one day make their way in private industry, medicine, law, politics, research, ministry, the military and in countless other professional endeavors. O’Hara provides the opportunity for each student to excel academically, to develop the habits and attitudes that will set them on a course for success for life.
Confidence is developed systematically through successful goal planning and achievement. Confidence stems from both the individual character and competence of each person. When I have a perspective on life that is properly ordered and possess the skills and abilities to navigate the challenges in it, I can then blaze my own trail - achieving, doing what is right, being all who I was intended to be by my creator. Our students depart from O’Hara, not with an arrogance or with an attitude, but with confidence in who they are and where they are going. They are confident because they have been guided and formed in a tradition-rich environment which applauds hard work and pushes each to be his or her very best.
If you are looking for a school where your son or daughter can be exceptional - where he or she can truly blossom into all that our Lord has designed - then you have arrived at the right place. Developing young men and women of character, confidence and competence is our mission, preparing each to lead in this world and to live forever in the next. This is why we exist. This is what motivates us. This is why you will find no other school that will provide a more caring, nurturing and faith-filled environment than Cardinal O’Hara High School. I guarantee it.
To our alums who are checking in - welcome back! You will find that we are not only faithfully stewarding the school where you spent your formative years, but that we are embarking on new and bold endeavors to ensure that O’Hara continues its legacy as the premier Catholic school in the Delaware Valley. Your support of the school through your gifts of time, talent and treasure are appreciated and are always welcome!
We encourage all to stop in, call, write, email or text. Friends, old and new, will always find a home at 1701 S. Sproul Road.
Thomas S. Fertal