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Mrs. Alicia Farren


Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mrs. Alicia Farren has quickly adapted to South Jersey, where she spent many of her summer vacations on the beach. Although some of her favorite things will always be cheesesteaks, the Philadelphia Phillies, and soft pretzels, she now enjoys the beach life, taking advantage of the sun, sand, and surf with her husband and children.

Mrs. Farren has over 15 years of experience in the field of education, most recently as Principal of St. Luke Catholic School in Glenside, PA. During her time as Principal, Mrs. Farren worked to update and improve an outstanding Catholic institution with the collaboration of her faculty and staff.  Under her leadership, the school reviewed its curriculum; put a focus on a Writer’s Workshop, Interactive Social Studies, and Service Learning; established a new preschool program for three and four year old children; and made improvements in the middle school program, as well as the organizational structure and processes.

A product of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Mrs. Farren earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton and her graduate degree from LaSalle University. Her first position was Director of Institutional Advancement for John W. Hallahan High School for Girls. Through her career, Mrs. Farren taught students at various grade levels as both a special education teacher and classroom teacher in several school districts, including Central Bucks School District in Bucks County, PA.

As Principal at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School, Mrs. Farren looks forward to supporting and working together with the faculty, students, and families of the school community. Specifically, Mrs. Farren will continue the school’s work:

  • To focus on the holistic development of each student academically, emotionally, and socially in the Catholic paradigm of love and mercy;
  • To deepen the connection to spirituality through a life of contemplation and action through prayer and service;
  • To plant the seeds of social justice and cultural concerns in the students, highlighting the Mission of the Sisters of Mercy and carrying on their good work.