On behalf of our Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Cardinal Newman Academy is officially in the candidacy phase for canonical recognition by His Excellency, Bishop Knestout, as an independent Catholic school.
The Diocesan process includes review of both the academic and spiritual life at Cardinal Newman Academy. The candidacy phase will continue until the Office of Catholic Schools conducts a review and offers a recommendation to the Bishop based on our curriculum and instruction. This review is tentatively scheduled for the 2020-21 school year.
In addition, the Vicar for Catholic Mission and Vision will review our adherence to the Diocesan religion curriculum and education guidelines. Following these reviews, Bishop Knestout will make a determination of our status as a Catholic school.
Since our founding, our efforts have been directed at growing an excellent college preparatory high school, preparing our students for college and the modern world, and contributing to the life of the Church here in Richmond and beyond. Critical to these goals is our desire that Cardinal Newman Academy be imbued with the spirit of the Gospel and in communion with the Bishop of Richmond.
We are grateful for this milestone in our continue growth and look forward to working with His Excellency, the Office of Catholic Schools, and the Vicar for Catholic Mission and Vision.
John P. O’Herron