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Institutional Advancement

Advancement  Office

The Office of Advancement at Gloucester Catholic High School is responsible for the development and maintenance of the ongoing comprehensive program of advancement of the school.

These efforts encompass alumni affairs, communications and marketing, publications, web site, student recruitment and retention, fund raising, major gifts, volunteers and support organizations, the annual fund, and capital campaigns.

The efforts are designed to promote understanding, acceptance and support among the various publics (alumni, parents, alumni parents, students, prospective students and families, parishes, businesses, foundations and friends) for the mission of Gloucester Catholic High School.

The Advancement Office exists to enhance the image of Gloucester Catholic High School, communicate the mission and objectives of the school, and obtain the financial support necessary to ensure a strong and vibrant future.


Advancement Staff

Contact us anytime if you have questions about Gloucester Catholic or would like to make a donation to the school:


Gus A. Ostrum
Director of Advancement
(856) 456-4400, Ext. 218 (office)
(609) 969-9114 (cell)


Kathy Coghlan
Assistant Director of Advancement
(856) 456-4400, Ext. 223


Patrick Murphy
Director of Alumni Relations
(856) 456-4400, Ext. 219


Ways to Give

Thank you for considering a gift to Gloucester Catholic High School. The generosity of our alumni, parents, and friends has a tangible and direct impact on the work of GCHS’s faculty and students.

All gifts are made through a secure server. All gifts generate an e-mail confirmation as well as a gift receipt through the mail.

Other ways to give to Gloucester Catholic include:

1. Make a gift by calling (856) 456-4400, Extension 218

2. Mail a check

3. Make a gift of securities

4. Check with your Company’s corporate matching gifts program

5. Establish planned gifts through the School

          Gloucester Catholic High School

          Office of Advancement

          333 Ridgeway Street

          Gloucester City, NJ 08030 

All gifts are tax deductible! For more information on how to make gifts described above, please contact Gus Ostrum, Director of Advancement, at (609) 969-9114 or email him at gostrum@gchsrams.org.


Capital Campaign

THIS IS OUR MOMENT to make Gloucester Catholic the best it can be!  Your support, over and above your support of the Annual Appeals Fund, will allow us to make the physical expansions to our facilities which will help to keep Gloucester Catholic High School at the forefront in a very competitive educational market. 

A capital campaign is a one-time fundraising initiative over a period of time. Its purpose is to raise significant funds for the specific purpose of facilities expansion and renovation.

At this time Gloucester Catholic is actively asking for major gifts to help support the Athletic Fields Campaign.

Gloucester Catholic High School has built an outstanding, challenging, and exciting education program which we look forward to further developing during this next great chapter. Through this Athletic Fields campaign, we will be able to build GCHS’ first centralized athletic complex.

Brief history: In 2010, the Diocese of Camden presented Gloucester Catholic with an important opportunity. Recognizing that the school, unlike any other in the diocese or area, had no home sports fields, Bishop Joseph Galante offered the use of 75 acres located off County Road 603 in Deptford.

Since our founding, we have borrowed fields throughout the area. Only our Ram basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams enjoy a true home game advantage.

The school administration, with the counsel of alumni and volunteers, decided to take this opportunity and invest in the school’s future. 

This plan is vital to the continued growth of enrollment here at Gloucester Catholic. Attractive, state-of-the-art athletic complex will not only support future enrollment, but the fields are a “footprint” in Gloucester County, where we draw many of our students. Ram teams will draw more interest regionally from media, alumni, and local high school sports fans, bringing positive publicity to GCHS. 

The new facilities will also save travel, time and costs for GCHS teams, who previously played all “home” games at outside high schools.

If you are interested in participating or giving to this project, please contact Gus Ostrum, Director of Advancement, at (609) 969-9114 or gostrum@gchsrams.org


Annual Alumni Appeal

Gloucester Catholic’s Annual Alumni Appeal supports scholarships and student activities for current and incoming students. Sponsored by the GCHS Alumni Association, Annual Alumni Appeal raises funds for scholarships that are generously supported by our active alumni and friends of Gloucester Catholic.

Last year, contributions from GCHS alumni provided scholarships for more than 40 students.  The Alumni Association also provides financial aid for students in need and assumes the cost of leasing a school bus.   The generous spirit of alumni and friends has kept our Ram Pride alive and well in supporting these worthwhile activities

The giving levels at GCHS have been established as follows:


RAM                                        Up to $99

MAROON                               $100 to $199

GOLD                                      $200 to $499

MSGR. LUCITT                       $500 to $749

DIAMOND                              $749 and over

FOUNDER’S SOCIETY          $1,000 to $2,499

LEADERSHIP SOCIETY        $2,500 to $4,999

PRINCIPAL’S CLUB              $5,000 to $9,999

PLATINUM LEVEL                $10,000 and over


For more information on how to start a scholarship fund or to give to the Annual Appeals Campaign, please contact: Patrick Murphy, Director of Alumni Relations at pmurphy@gchsrams.org or (856) 456-4400, Ext. 219


Corporate Giving Campaigns

Local businesses within the community have partnered with Gloucester Catholic to donate proceeds to the school and keep the spirit of Ram Pride alive! Here are some local business partners of Gloucester Catholic:


Rastelli Direct

Shop from home, save time and help GCHS! Gloucester Catholic is partnering with Rastelli Direct to help raise funds for our school. For every order received, Rastelli Direct will donate 20% of all retail purchases and 5% of all ongoing Smart Shoppers Club Member purchases to GCHS. Visit www.MyRastelliDirect.com/GCHS.

Special Events

Gloucester Catholic staff and alumni hold several annual events that attract interest from all over our regional area! Your support of these events help raise funds for important projects and events that take place here at Gloucester Catholic. These events include:


  • Annual Basket Auction (held each February)
  • Rams on the Links (Held each February)
  • Scott Kaplan Memorial Swim Meet (held each May)
  • Father Sullivan Alumni Golf Tournament (held each June)
  • Rams on the Reef (held each August)
  • Annual Browning Ross/Bob Kupcha Memorial Race (held each October)


For more information on how to support these events, please contact Gus Ostrum, Director of Advancement, at (609) 969-9114 or email him at gostrum@gchsrams.org.


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