Each year, the Emmaus retreat is offered to Canterbury V and VI Form students. Students often refer to the Emmaus retreat as ‘an amazing spiritual experience’ no matter where they are in their life and faith journeys. The retreat takes place at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, CT.
This was a trip offered to students in all grades. Eight students and two faculty chaperones went to South Chicago for an “urban plunge” experience. The group became completely immersed into urban life. They will ate and slept, debriefed and spent time at the Brother David Darst Center. The Brother David Darst Center provides unique learning and immersion opportunities that explore issues of social justice through the lens of Christian social teachings of peace, justice and respect for human dignity and the environment. See link below.
Students prepared, served and ate meals with clients at a soup kitchen. Students also spent time talking with and learning about the lives of the residents at a women’s shelter.
Web site: http://darstcenter.org/
Each year since 2005, ten Canterbury students and two faculty chaperones have traveled to Nicaragua for ten days of service with Familia Padre Fabretto. Fabretto is an NGO whose mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education.
The Students play and work with Nicaraguan students served by the Fabretto Foundation. In the past the Canterbury group has worked construction and demolition, and started and planted a community garden, built a wall around the garden. Spending time with the children of Fabretto’s Nicaraguan children is a large part of the trip.
Web site: https://fabretto.org/
This will be an opportunity for students in all grades. This is an academic and homestay experience for Canterbury students. They will travel to the Cerdanya region of northern Spain, in the Pyrenees, on the French border. The students will stay with Spanish host families, go to classes each weekday morning, and go on afternoon trips in the surrounding region (hiking, mountain biking, ropes course, etc.). They will eat meals at their host homes.
The focus of this ten-day pilgrimage to Lourdes, France is to serve the sick and elderly, who travel to this famous Marian shrine seeking spiritual renewal and healing. Canterbury students work at the train station, baths, hospital, and grotto assisting maladies--the visiting sick--in completing their pilgrimage. In addition, Canterbury volunteers embark on their own pilgrimage through daily liturgy, prayer, and reflection. This trip is run by Our Lady’s Pilgrimage (OLP), a non-profit organization led by Hope Carter. Hope is a former parent, grandparent and President of Canterbury’s Board of Trustees.
This is an opportunity for rising V Form students. Since August 2005 students enjoy a10 day trip to Montana. They spend their time on challenging hikes in Glacier National Park, The Great Bear Wilderness, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness each day. White water rafting is another favorite activity. Students participate in a service day – pulling invasive plant species in Glacier National Park. For 10 years having focused on the same area and made a significant difference.
Classroom and outdoor studies:
Geology of the area
- Native animal studies – grizzly and black bears, elk, moose, deer, rodents, birds, wolves, and wolverines
- Native and invasive plant species
- Astronomy, with night viewing
- Forest fires and forest fire ecology
- Endangered animals
- Tree identification
- Climate change and its influences on plants and animals
- Leadership discussions, training, and development
- Each participant has work responsibilities around the house and for meals.
This is an opportunity for IV Form and V Form students. This is a five-week family-to-family exchange. Canterbury students travel and live with a Spanish family on the island of Mallorca. In turn, Spanish students come to New Milford to live with their Canterbury host family. Canterbury students travel and live in Mallorca at the end of summer in to the start of the school year, attending classes for the last two weeks of the exchange. Students from Colegio San Cayetano come to the US in mid October and stay through Thanksgiving.
Each March, student athletes make a trip with teammates to practice and scrimmage with other schools to help prepare them for the spring season ahead. Teams that have historically made the trip to the warmer weather have included Baseball, Boys & Girl’s Lacrosse and Crew.