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    Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School

    Operated by the Diocese of Venice and accredited by the Southern Regional Association of Colleges and Schools, CMHS has been able to serve families in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte Counties since 1959.

    Located close to Interstate 75 within a beautifully tree-lined Sarasota campus, we are dedicated to providing a values-based education for high school students of all faiths and backgrounds. Our motto is "Serving God in the Community" which is demonstrated by our faculty and staff commitment to offering your child a high quality, affordable private school education centered in Gospel values.

    You are invited to spend time with us in order to become familiar with the wide range of student activities, academic programs, athletics, community service, ministry, and instructional technologies that we offer. What you’ll discover is a community of caring people who proudly call themselves Cougars. Most of all, you’ll become a part of the Cardinal Mooney Catholic tradition, legacy, and family as we grow together in the next 50 years!

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    Alumni Return for Hall Of Fame Dinner

    On Saturday evening, December 1st, Cardinal Mooney held its first, formal athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Sara Bay Country Club.  Thirty-six original members of the school’s Wall of Honor were formally inducted into the Hall of Fame.  In addition, six new members were recognized.

    This event represents just one recent example of the ways in which the Cougar family can stay in touch and celebrate the many achievements of our graduates. Among 160 attendees, a total of 29 Hall of Fame recipients returned to Sarasota from out-of-state. You can see a complete listing of those who were honored, here.     

    At left: Monsigner Gerard Finnegan and Alumni Olympian, Lacy Janson, share the spotlight at the Hall of Fame Dinner.

    You can watch a YouTube video of Lacy's speech by clicking, here. More information on this event can be found in the Recent News section!

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    CMHS Welcomes Father Matthew Grady!

    Diocese of Venice assigns pastor as full-time Chaplain  

    Fr. Matt comes to Cardinal Mooney as a recently ordained priest. This is his first assignment in the Diocese, as Chaplain at Cardinal Mooney and associate at Incarnation Parish in Sarasota. Fr. Matt is originally from Philadelphia, PA, and is the oldest of three children. He felt an attraction to priesthood from an early age and especially loves being involved in parish life and activities. Fr. Matt attended a high school program in La Crosse, WI, where he attended Catholic School and lived with other young men interested in priesthood. Fr. Matt’s activities included track and cross country sports, Academic Olympics and an interest in foreign languages and biology. He was introduced to the southwest Florida area when he moved to Naples to attend college at Ave Maria University. Fr. Matt earned a B.A. in Classics and Early Christian Literature, served as President of the Student Government and got involved with some local parish activities which ultimately led him to discern that he would follow God’s call to the priesthood. Upon Graduation from AMU Fr. Matt joined the Diocese of Venice as a seminarian. He was sent to the North American College in Rome, Italy for his formal preparation. Fr. Matt lived and studied in the Eternal City for five years total, four as a seminarian and one as a priest earning an STL degree in Biblical Theology.





















Recent News

April/May Newsletter!

Find out what's happening at Cardinal Mooney High School! Click here for our latest Newsletter.

Release Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Register Now for our 1st Annual Corn Toss Challenge!

Register Now for our 1st Annual Corn Toss Challenge!

Please join us as we engage in some friendly competition on the CMHS football field Friday, May 9. We are looking for teams of two for $50, which includes a barbecue dinner. Prize money will be awarded to first and second place teams. Not much of a bag thrower? No problem! 

We will have music, dinner, ice cream and beverages. All are guaranteed to have a good time. Bring your family and friends to this new event hosted by CMHS! 

For more information or to be a sponsor, mail your payment and register here or call the Advancement Office at 941-379-2647. 

Release Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Highlights From Our Cardinal Mooney Day

Highlights From Our Cardinal Mooney Day

          On February 14th, 2014, Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School celebrated our annual Mooney Day. To begin the day, Father Matt delivered an outstanding school wide Mass telling the students about how Cardinal Mooney earned its name. After Mass, a few students among the school demonstrated their multiple talents before a panel of faculty/staff, judges, and the student body. The best performances were: third place, senior Lexi Barbour played a wonderful “Mash Up” of popular songs all through memorization on the piano. Second place was shared by two separate singers Jill Polk and Alana Sherman. Jill sang the song “Listen” by Beyoncé and Alana sang the song “Stay” by Rihanna. Both singers captivated the audience resulting in a standing ovation from many in the audience. The Musical Trio consisting of Dylan Dupree, Cal Davidson – Turner, and Camden Jenkins performed through multiple instruments with Dylan on guitar, Cal on the drums, and Camden on electric violin earning them first place. Many students were impressed with the amazing performance as shown by enthusiastic applause. After the show, the staff gathered the students and constructed a school wide picture forming the letters “CMHS” on the athletic field. To end the day, students had the opportunity to participate in many staff ran games and or activities setup by various clubs.     

See the Cardinal Mooney program here 

Release Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud

January 24, 2014

See the Gallery! Part A

See the Gallery! Part B

Congratulations to Senior, Sarah Coffey who represented Cardinal Mooney on March 1, 2014 in the annual State Level Competition of Poetry Out Loud! Competitors are judged on accuracy, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, and level of difficulty. Sarah recited 2 poems on stage to a crowd of nearly 100 spectators with a 100% accuracy. Congratulations Sarah!

London by William Blake

Abandoned Farmhouse by Ted Kooser


For more information on the National Poetry Contest, click here.

Release Date: Friday, March 21, 2014

Attention Alumni

Attention Alumni

Cardinal Mooney's student, Sean McNelis, interviews Andrew Haddad of the CMHS Alumni Association:

Question 1: When was the association formed?

Answer: The association is in the process of forming.


Question 2: What motivated you to start the Alumni Association?

Answer: Connecting with old students and to be with the people who provided my best memories.


Question 3: What are your goals and objectives for the association in 2014?

Answer: Bring people back to the Cardinal Mooney family. There are so many alumni making a difference today in society and this provides a way for people to see their accomplishments.


Students from the Video and Web Class with '98 Alumnus Andrew Haddad

You can refer to the Alumni page to stay updated with future events! 


Release Date: Friday, January 17, 2014


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