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C Cashman ColorChristian CashmanHARTFORD — Former East Catholic High School principal/chief administrator Christian Cashman has been named president of Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford.

“Mr. Cashman’s background and experience make him an ideal choice to lead Northwest Catholic into the future, said Michael Griffin, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford, in a press release. "His academic background, teaching and administrative experience, commitment to Catholic identity and excellent communication skills will serve the school well as he joins with faculty, board members, alumni and parents in shaping a strong and bright future for the Northwest Catholic High School.” 

Dr. Griffin said Cashman will serve as the head of the school, overseeing all aspects of the institution, including interactions with students, faculty and parents; finances; advancement; alumni relations; strategic planning; board initiatives; and marketing.

The hiring was announced at a meeting of the school's board members, search committee and faculty on May 23. According to the release, Cashman said that he was "humbled and honored" to have been selected.

"I am eager to begin serving the excellent, faith-filled students of Northwest Catholic. I truly look forward to collaborating with the committed and generous faculty, staff, parents and graduates of Northwest Catholic High School. In this moment of great transition in our Church and in our region, I am confident that God will bless our work abundantly,” Cashman said.

He has taught theology at Fairfield College Preparatory School since 2010. While there, he also has been active in faculty professional formation and mentorship, campus ministry, international service outreach and the school’s music program.

Previously, he had been principal of St. Timothy Middle School in West Hartford for two years. He was principal of East Catholic from 2006 to 2010. He also has taught theology and English and directed campus ministry at a Catholic high school in Cincinnatti and at East Catholic and has been an associate retreat director at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford.

Cashman, who grew up in Indiana, received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in philosophy and his Master of Education degree in secondary education and English from Xavier University in Cincinnati.  He did postgraduate course work in Catholic educational leadership at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He also graduated fromthe Seminars in Ignatian Leadership sponsored by the U.S. Jesuit Secondary School Network. 

Cashman and his wife, Janet, live in West Hartford,where Janet Cashman is an educator at St. Thomas the Apostle School. 

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.