Colegio Cardenal Newman

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Cardinal Newman College
Colegio Cardenal Newman
Colegio Cardenal Newman seal.png
Cardinal Newman College is located in Greater Buenos Aires
Cardinal Newman College
Cardinal Newman College
Cardinal Newman College is located in Buenos Aires Province
Cardinal Newman College
Cardinal Newman College
Cardinal Newman College is located in Argentina
Cardinal Newman College
Cardinal Newman College

CoordinatesCoordinates: 34°29′11″S 58°33′44″W / 34.4865°S 58.5622°W / -34.4865; -58.5622
TypePrivate secondary school
MottoCerta Bonum Certamen
(Fight the Good Fight)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic (Congregation of Christian Brothers)
Established29 March 1948; 71 years ago
AdministratorMarcelo Trohavcic
DirectorAlberto Olivero
Head teacherLiliana Facciola
Medium of languageSpanish, English

Colegio Cardenal Newman or Cardinal Newman College is Catholic, bilingual, day, primary and secondary school for boys in San Isidro, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, in Greater Buenos Aires.


All its students are expected to complete seven IGCSE exams (Cambridge University) in year 10 and receive an International Baccalaureate diploma in their last year at school. The college is located in the area of San Isidro. It was founded by the Irish Christian Brothers who still provide staff. The motto of the college is "Fight the Good Fight" (in Latin: Certa Bonum Certamen) which is taken from St. Paul's first letter to Timothy in which Paul writes "fight the good fight of faith to win for yourself eternal life" (Timothy 6:12)." The Christian Brothers seek to educate men with the vision of his founder, Edmund Ignatius Rice (1762–1844). "Honesty, loyalty, solidarity, and deep moral values; give them the strength to fight for good causes, with honor and moral integrity". The college is an important centre for Rugby union in Argentina and Club Newman has close connections with it.[1]


The college was founded in 1948 as the result of many years' effort by the Irish immigrant community in Argentina to obtain a pastoral and education ministry from the Irish Catholic Church. The Passionists had arrived in the mid-19th century and one of their priests, Father Fahy, who had established a boys’ school in 1860, suggested then that the Christian Brothers should take it over. However, this request was refused by the order because they were concentrating their efforts in the United States and, later, in Australia and New Zealand, where much greater numbers of Irish people had migrated. In 1946, Father Dominic Moore, provincial of the Passionist Order, visited the Superior of the Christian Brothers in Dublin, and once again promoted a new foundation in Argentina. His request was accepted, and in November 1947, Brothers Joseph Ignatius Doorley (founder of various schools in USA) and Cornelius O’Reilly arrived in Buenos Aires. Father Moore found a suitable building in Belgrano 1548 and the new school was named after Cardinal Newman. Colegio Cardenal Newman was opened on the Belgrano site on 29 March 1948. The national education programme in Spanish was followed during the morning, allowing the afternoons to be devoted to English. Brother Alphonsus L. Pakenham was the first Rector. He presided over a community of 7 brothers, 8 lay teachers, and 148 students, 27 of whom were boarders. In 1949 the roll increased to 200 boys and there "would have been more had there been more vacancies".[2] The Christian Brothers encouraged the playing of Rugby Union[3] and so began a great tradition at the college which led also to the founding of Club Newman in 1975.[2]


In 1971 the college changed its location to San Isidro where a new complex was built on a large campus with ample space for sports fields and other facilities.[4] The college offers wide curricula and extra-carricula choices.[4]


  • Brother Alphonsus L. Pakenham, (1948)
  • Br. Hayes
  • Br. John Burke[5]
  • Br. O'Brien
  • Br. Gallaher
  • Br. Derham
  • Br. Finnegan
  • Br. Keohane[5]
  • Sr. Alberto Olivero

Notable alumni[edit]


Art and Music[edit]



  • Alberto B. Bianchi (born Buenos Aires, 1954), Argentinian legal scholar; constitutionalist


  • Carlos José (Bebe) Contepomi, known by his alias "Bebe" (Buenos Aires, September 28, 1970), Argentine journalist, writer and media presenter, specialising in popular music

Military and Police[edit]

Politics and public service[edit]

  • Enrique Avogadro (born Buenos Aires, October 25, 1976), politician; Minister of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires (12 December 2017 – present)

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Cardenal Newman[permanent dead link] (retrieved 31 May 2016)
  2. ^ a b María José Roger, "The Children of the Diaspora: Irish Schools and Educators in Argentina, 1850-1950", Society for Irish Latin American Studies (retrieved 22 May 2012)
  3. ^ Brother Sean Hayes, "Why did the Christian Brothers choose Rugby?", Club Newman website (Retrieved 2 February 2018)
  4. ^ a b "Historia del Colegio Cardenal Newman", Colegio cardenal Newman website (Retrieved 24 January 2018)
  5. ^ a b "Una Aventura en el Hemisferio Sur – Seis Meses en Buenos Aires, Por Billy Lynch". Hermanos Cristianos. 2016-01-27. Archived from the original on 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  6. ^ "Nicolás Caputo, el amigo y recaudador en las sombras de Mauricio Macri", Nexofin (Retrieved 24 January 2018)