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Mission and Momentum Campaign

The Opportunity is Now

Join us at this critical juncture in our Campaign as we secure the brightest possible future for Canterbury.

Creating a cohesive and unified campus that supports our academic and co-curricular initiatives is the touchstone for our ambitious fundraising campaign.


An unprecedented landmark gift of $15 million has been pledged to the School by an anonymous donor, the single largest contribution to Canterbury of its kind. While $5 million has already been granted, a $10 Million Challenge Match has been presented to inspire the generosity of our community. 

All new gifts for the Transforming the Hilltop construction and renovation projects are match eligible. Meeting the challenge is essential to moving forward with our meaningful work ahead.

Help Us Meet the Match

For further information or to discuss your gift directly, please contact Associate Director of Advancement Jen Loprinzo at 860.210.3941 or  



The Student Commons

This striking, new building seated at the heart of campus and set seamlessly into the hillside beside the Chapel of Our Lady will provide flexible, student-centered space for educational innovation and new technology.

The purpose of the The Commons is to engage students in activities that nurture mind and spirit—an environment that promotes balance and enriched learning in a high-tech and relaxed atmosphere—a place where student-driven programming is fostered and positive faculty and student relationships encouraged. The Commons will serve as the core of campus life, for a wide variety of functions where students and teachers interact daily. The Commons will inspire meaningful connections and collaborative learning.

The Commons is the result of an extensive community-wide study focused on the day-to-day academic and extracurricular lives of students and faculty.

The Commons is strategically placed at the natural crossroad of campus life, where students instinctively converge among academic buildings, athletic facilities, and residential dormitories. Its location will strengthen the interconnectivity of our physical campus at the intersection of Elkington Farm Road and Aspetuck Avenue and anchor the daily pace and pattern of our community to the center of our hilltop.  


Campus Square and Streetscape

The intersection of Aspetuck Avenue and Elkington Farm Road, at the center of School, naturally unifies the two sides of Canterbury’s campus.


Progress to Date


Maguire Auditorium Renovation
A buildings and grounds study in 2017 revealed a significant inventory of needs on campus. Among the highest priorities was the renovation of Maguire Auditorium, the central, daily gathering place for all students and faculty within Hume Hall. $1.1 million was gifted to the School in support of a summer-long project to completely renovate the 400-seat performance venue, providing improved acoustics and a modern aesthetic. The newly revitalized space, a significant enhancement to community life, was celebrated at the opening of the 2018-19 School year. 

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Student Commons
• Digital Analytics Lab
• Innovation Lab
• M. & D. D'Amour Center for 
   Faith, Service & Justice
• Flexible Classrooms     
• Group Study & Breakout Space  
• School Store

• Student Center & Café

Campus Square and    Streetscape

Check back soon for the launch of our new and expanded campaign site

The Campaign for Canterbury is a comprehensive fundraising effort that is focused on both our present and our future. We are asking all members of the Canterbury family to take part, knowing that it is only with the broad and sustaining support of many that that we will achieve our goals. In the strategic planning process all our work focused squarely on the student experience. Canterbury’s abiding belief in service and its mission of “inspiring students to become moral leaders in a complex world” impacted by life and the lives of so many and is worthy of your generous philanthropic support.

Robert Steers ’71 P '11
President, Board of Trustees