The Ghosts of Westthorpe Academy, written by Graduate School alumnus Joseph Lewis ’95, is an engaging and fun-to-read mystery/suspense/thriller centered around a small, private all-boys Catholic high school (Westthorpe Academy) located on the Philadelphia Mainline.
George Owen “Joe” Pryce is a newly arrived freshman at the school. He and his fellow first-year classmates quickly become acquainted with the stories of how the mansion, known as Moreau Hall (named after Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Hoy Cross, the order that runs the school) is supposedly haunted by the former mistress of the house, Madame Duchesne, who may also have hidden a considerable fortune somewhere on the property before her untimely death many years ago.
While Joe is hardly one to believe such stories, his best friend Pete is increasingly fascinated by them, especially when listening to some of the veteran teachers who delight in sharing tales of mysterious and unexplained occurrences within the mansion. But what becomes more frightening for Joe is the news he receives that his beloved school is facing money problems and may soon be closing. While relying on his strong Catholic faith and fervent prayer life, especially his family’s steadfast devotion to the Rosary, Joe begins experiencing a series of dreams where he is visited by two heavenly beings who express a desire in helping him save his school. But is it too late?
Who are Joe’s celestial visitors and can they not only help him save his school, but help secure the hidden money from unscrupulous fortune hunters? Can the stories about Madame Duchesne lurking in the darkened halls of the mansion be true after all? And how is it possible that the President of the United States, himself a convert to the Catholic faith, is somehow involved in helping Joe solve these compelling mysteries? Find out in The Ghosts of Westthorpe Academy.
After earning his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Christendom, Lewis taught theology at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia, followed by a three year term serving as the Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Soon after, Lewis returned to the classroom where he taught theology and was the theology department chair at Devon Preparatory School for eleven years, before teaching high school history at Regina Luminis Academy in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and serving as an adjunct professor of theology at Immaculata University.
The Ghosts of Westthorpe Academy is published by eLectio Publishing and is available on Amazon.com. Since its release in August 20018, the book has been very well received, and establishing itself at #1 in new releases for several weeks in Amazon’s category for Young Adult Christian Mysteries and Thrillers as well as in the same category for Action and Adventure books.