With great excitement, I am pleased to announce the hiring of our next Head of School: Stephen Fitzpatrick. Starting this Fall, Steve will lead our continued growth and will work closely with the Board of Directors and faculty in shepherding our vision for a unique academic and faith environment that serves the Richmond Catholic community.
He will also work closely with Dr. Eileen Lapington, who will be stepping down from her role as Director at the end of the academic year. Eileen looks forward to contributing to the life and growth of our school in new ways, both inside and outside the classroom.
Steve holds an undergraduate degree in the Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and a master’s degree in Theology from the University of Scranton.
Steve has been a teacher, administrator, and coach in several public and Catholic schools in both Canada and the United States, most recently Gregory the Great Academy in Pennsylvania where he currently teaches. He has taught a wide array of disciplines including Latin, algebra, geometry, humanities, physics, science, music, and writing. He has also held several administrative positions and has considerable experience in teacher training and development.
Steve and his wife Vanessa are the proud parents of five children, and in his spare time he enjoys playing music, reading, and playing with his kids. Steve has contributed to Crisis Magazine and has lectured at the Wojtyla Summer Institute for Teachers.
“I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to join the wonderful team at Cardinal Newman Academy and will strive every day to be worthy of the great trust and responsibility placed in me. I look forward to begin working with the young men and women at the school and helping them ‘to reach out towards truth, and to grasp it.’ It is my goal to lead a school where the academic life is rigorous yet joyful, where the students and teachers alike look forward to being there, and where we all grow in wonder, wisdom, and holiness together.”
We have been immeasurably blessed by Eileen’s leadership as our Founding Director, and we are grateful for her continued role at Cardinal Newman Academy moving forward. And as we welcome Steve as our Head of School, we thank our community for your support and prayers as we continue to build our vision for education in Richmond.
John P. O’Herron
Cardinal Newman Academy
I am pleased to introduce the newest member of our Board of Directors: Fernando Metcalf.
Fernando has over 20 years of global executive management experience and is the Regional Director for the Southwest and Midwest regions of Movement Mortgage, overseeing a total of 17 states.
Fernando is a graduate of the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain (Law and Theology) and the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain (International Executive MBA), where he has also served on the Senior Leadership Forum under the leadership of Spain’s former Finance Minister and current European Central Bank Vice President. Most recently, Fernando completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School.
“I am very excited to join Cardinal Newman Academy in its efforts to ‘reach out towards truth and grasp it.’ I am humbled by the prospect of serving with such a talented group of individuals and pray that our Mother Mary, Sedes Sapientiae, will intercede and guide us in fulfilling the will of Her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Throughout his career, Fernando has served in different capacities helping organizations expand and grow in various industries, including manufacturing, finance, real estate development, and education. Fernando and his wife Olga have 4 children and attend Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church. He spends his free time with his family and volunteering with his local church and several international non-profit organizations. He is passionate about growth, leadership development, building high performing teams and empowering communities.
We are fortunate to have Fernando’s passion and experience on our Board, and we are looking forward to his contributions to the continued growth of our school.
John P. O’Herron
Cardinal Newman Academy
Thanks to our generous donors, we finished 2018 celebrating another milestone: a successful Christmas Campaign! In total, your support helped us raise over $34,000, exceeding our goal of $30,000.
As we continue to grow and serve the Richmond Catholic community, our community’s support and generosity help shape the education and culture at Cardinal Newman Academy, now and into the future.
You are helping educate the next generation of leaders who will seek in wonder, and serve with joy.
We now look with joyful excitement to 2019 and sharing with you our continued growth and success and how your support is changing lives!
Throughout the year, our benefactors and supporters are remembered in prayer at Cardinal Newman Academy. Thank you!
It struck me Monday as our school gathered for our 2nd annual Feast Day Picnic: I am privileged to be a part of the CNA family and thankful to God for the role our community plays in the formation of our students.
Blessed John Henry Newman, whose feast we celebrated October 9th, believed that true learning takes place person to person, with hearts shaping hearts in community.
He believed it so deeply he put it in his crest, and we put it in ours: the Blessed Trinity in a personal relationship of mutual love is represented in the upper left quadrant.
CNA parent Tony Douglas with some future Riverhawks
At Cardinal Newman Academy, our board, faculty, parents, and students all play an integral role in our community of faith and learning. Through their attendance at school functions, weekly mass, or events serving the poor of Richmond, our school families and leaders provide faithful witness to our mission and enrich the formation of our students and the culture of our school.
John P. O’Herron
Happy feast of All Saints!! With the growth of our school, there is more and more to share all the time! With that in mind, we will be making one of our regular weekly emails a monthly newsletter to share recent happenings. Enjoy!
Maymont Scavenger Hunt
Our students visited Maymont Park in October for an exploration of the wildlife and history of the park, and to compete in a scavenger hunt.
Science at CNA
Mr. Tito’s passion is Biology and Natural History, so this year brings double the joy, both inside and outside the classroom. This month, our Natural History class put in significant field work! Students visited Pony Pasture, Huguenot Flatwater, York River State Park, and Bryan Park. Observing and discussing the natural world is a highlight of every month, but the welcoming Fall weather makes October a special one!
In Biology , our students made model proteins and have been using Legos to help construct and visualize what they’re learning. Hands-on learning is an important part of academic life at CNA.
The first season of Cross Country has ended, and we are so proud of our runners. Lucy and Isabella Siwko, Christian Hale, Wes Bowers, and Alexander Clark all ran exceptionally well, improved their personal best times, and represented our school well during this inaugural season. We’re grateful for Coach Wagenaar’s leadership and excited to build on this success with Track in the Spring.
Media Literacy workshop
Our students recently participated in a workshop presented by the Shades Media Literacy Project, which helped our students examine the role media plays in our lives, the ways in which the consumption of different media change the way we behave, and whether it leads to a joyful life. We’re grateful to the Shades Media Literacy Project for visiting us from Northern Virginia.
Looking ahead :
- Our first Prospective Student Day will be next Tuesday, November 6th, and our second Admissions Open House is on November 11th, from 1-3 pm. We are looking forward to welcoming interested students and their families to our school!
- We will gather for the third consecutive year at East End Cemetery on Saturday, December 1 at 10 am to pray for the dead and help the volunteers cleaning the cemetery grounds. Please join us!
- Fencing and squash start soon as part of our winter sports offerings.
- Classroom snapshots: in English, students will be reading short stories by J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Louis Stevenson, and in Theology students are learning about the Paschal Mystery and beginning a section on ecclesiology.