Cardinal Newman Academy Annual Pilgrimage

Cardinal Newman Academy Annual Pilgrimage

Cardinal Newman Academy invites you to join us on our annual pilgrimage!

Meet Friday, November 30 at 9:15am on the steps of The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart 800 S. Cathedral Place, Richmond VA 23220.

After a visit at the Cathedral and tour of this historic landmark, we will walk to St Peter Catholic Church, the first Catholic church in Richmond and the original cathedral of the diocese.

Once at St Peter (800 E. Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219) pilgrims will have the opportunity for Confession and then we will attend Mass at 12:05pm.

For more information, send us a message today, or email

Role of Families: Hearts shaping hearts in community

Role of Families: Hearts shaping hearts in community

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.

Join us!

In Christ,
John P. O’Herron

October News at Cardinal Newman Academy

October News at Cardinal Newman Academy

Dear Friends,

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.

Cross Country

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.

Go Riverhawks!

In Christ,
Eileen Lapington

Our Year So Far, and the Upcoming Admissions Schedule

Our Year So Far, and the Upcoming Admissions Schedule

Dear Friends,

Our academic year is off to a great start!

Cross-country is well underway, the Natural History course has completed a half-dozen field studies, and today the students visit Maymont. In English, students have been reading The Iliad, Beowulf, and G.K. Chesterton. With Enrichment and weekly mass providing spiritual life for our community, we are busy with the work of education and formation.

Like most schools, October is a busy time of year for us at Cardinal Newman Academy. Our upcoming admissions schedule includes the following:

  • Family Picnic: October 8, 5-7 pm. (Open to all families).
  • St. Mary’s High School Fair: October 11, 5-7 pm.
  • Open House: October 14, 1-3 pm.
  • Applications available online: October 15.
  • Prospective Parent Coffee: October 18, 9 am.
  • Media Literacy Workshop: October 21, 3-5 pm.
  • Prospective Student Day: November 6th.
  • Open House: November 11, 1-3 pm.

We are excited to share our growing academic and faith community with interested parents and students, and we hope to see many new faces at one or more of these upcoming events.

Go Riverhawks!

In Christ,

Eileen Lapington

Meet Our New Staff

Meet Our New Staff

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to introduce you to the newest members of our staff at Cardinal Newman Academy.

Jessica Pedersen joins us as music instructor. Jessica sings alto in James River Singers and previously was a soloist with the Richmond Choral Society and alto section leader in the choir at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. She has also sung in the Schola at St. Joseph Catholic Church and the University of Richmond Women’s Chorale. Before moving to Virginia, Jessica sang in Idaho with the Boise Baroque Chamber Choir, Opera Idaho and the Boise Master Chorale, and in Arizona with the choir program at Northern Arizona University, where she studied history and music. Jessica and her husband David live in Chesterfield with their three sons.

Kate Lagarde teaches Latin and Invitation to the Pain of Learning. Kate previously taught at Veritas Preparatory School in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, teaching courses in Latin, Theology, choir, and math, and led an extra-curricular Irish Dance club. Kate graduated summa cum laude, as the salutatorian from Christendom College with a major in philosophy and minor in liturgical music.

Susana Mulcahey teaches French. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in French and a minor in Portuguese. Susana has also studied Italian, Spanish, and Arabic. She has also studied at the University of Lisbon and the University of Haute Normandie, Mont St. Aignan, France. Susana also has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from North Carolina Central University. Susana has worked in a variety of settings, including French Language immersion, special needs education, Reggio Amelia, Montessori, and English Second Language (ESL).

Maya Walters is our Administrative Assistant. Maya attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Peninsula Catholic High School. She graduated with a B.A. in History from VCU, where she served as a celebration leader for the Vacation Bible School and a religious education teacher at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Following graduation Maya worked as a classroom assistant at Central Montessori School. She has also spent time volunteering for Sportsbackers Stadium, Hands On Greater Richmond, and as a DJ on WRIR. Maya is also an arboreal climbing assistant at Riverside Outfitters and is the community liaison at Gallery5.

I am humbled to add these excellent individuals to our team at Cardinal Newman Academy, and I hope you have a chance to meet them at one of our upcoming events.


Eileen Lapington

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