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A Wonderful Christmastime for Alumni

Nick Ragland and friends at 2023 Alumni Christmas Party

Four regional Christmas parties helped Canterbury alumni and friends get into the holiday spirit this December. Saints in and around New York City, Boston, and, for the first time, Washington, DC, and Chicago celebrated the season together.

The merriment kicked off in our nation’s capital at The Wells, a casual setting ideal for lively conversation and re-connecting—and that is just what our alumni did! During the evening, James “JP” Loughran ’16 and Wade Jones ’15 announced the formation of the Washington, DC, Alumni Chapter to the Saints in attendance. JP and Wade are the initial Co-Presidents of the chapter.

The next night, more than 50 Boston-area graduates met up at the Hampshire House in the heart of the city’s famed Beacon Hill. The fabulous historic venue offered the warmth of a charming mansion with views of the Boston Public Garden. A new regional chapter—the Boston Alumni Chapter—was announced there as well, with Connor Collier ’14 sharing the news on behalf of Co-Presidents EmilyRose Martino ’17 and Christian Procaccino ’13, who were unable to attend.

“From our hilltop school atop Aspetuck Avenue to the ‘City Upon a Hill’ many of us now call home, the party in Boston brought us full circle and was a great success,” Connor said. “The night spent reminiscing about the past and being eager about the future reminded us how special the Canterbury community is. Here’s to many more of these as it becomes a longstanding tradition!” 

The good times continued the following week on back-to-back nights—first for a more intimate evening at Oriole, an award-winning contemporary American restaurant in Chicago, then at a festive party at The Harvard Club in Midtown Manhattan, where nearly 140 Canterbury alumni enjoyed a night out in the Big Apple.

Board of Trustees President H. Nicholas Ragland ’88, P ’21 attended the latter two events and came away delighted by the positive vibes of each. “It was great catching up with friends and classmates and meeting alumni both old and new,” said Nick. “The energy was terrific. The Canterbury community continues to be strong and engaged.” 

A heartfelt thank you to everyone in our Saints family who joined us to celebrate the bonds that tie our community together during this joyous time of year.

And there are more to come! Be sure to check back at our Events page often for upcoming alumni gatherings in your area.