History of the Academy

Cardinal James Hickey dedicates the school in 1997.

Cardinal James Hickey dedicates the school in 1997.

  • For twenty years the Church of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. benefited from the spiritual leadership and pastoral care of its fourth Archbishop, His Eminence James Cardinal Hickey. When Monsignor Paul Dudziak, the founding pastor of the Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and his parishioners opened the school they decided to name it for the Cardinal with the intention of honoring him in his lifetime with a living legacy, a tribute to his years of dedicated service and commitment to Catholic education.

  • In the fall of 1997 the new school, Cardinal Hickey Academy, was opened in Owings, Maryland. Cardinal James Hickey was present for the dedication of the Academy on September 4. The school opened for kindergarten through fourth grade. A new addition, consisting of a family center and additional classroom space, was completed in the fall of 2000. A third addition to include the Media Center, Technology Lab and a Lecture room was completed in 2007.

  • When asked by a Washington Post reporter how he would like to be remembered, Cardinal Hickey told her, “First, I’d like them to say he was always loyal to his church. Second, that he was a friend to Catholic education. And third, if they don’t want to say the first two, at least I would hope they would chisel on the stone, ‘He served the poor.'”

Landmark Dates

  •  1997 Opening of the Academy & Dedication of school by Cardinal James Hickey

  •  2000 Second phase of building completed

  •  2001 First 8th grade graduating class

  •  2003 Accreditation granted by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

  •  2006 Shepherd’s Flock Preschool became part of Cardinal Hickey Academy

  •  2007 Third phase of building completed

  •  2010 became a Regional school

  •  2013 Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and School Councils

  •  2014 Catholic Montessori Preschool opened

  •  2015 National Blue Ribbon Awarded