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Emmaus Retreat Life Changing

Meredith Berry-Toon

Forty-one Canterbury students took part in the School's 12th annual Emmaus retreat, November 12-14, at Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT. In addition, seven sacristans and seven adults served as group leaders.

Emmaus at Canterbury is a three-day retreat for Fifth and Sixth Formers of all faiths to deepen their relationships with themselves and their peers through small group discussions and individual reflection. Bella Capanna '17 served as this year's rector, the retreat's main facilitator. The group leaders gave personal, inspirational talks to the participants.

Canterbury's Emmaus program also seeks to produce a powerful retreat experience that benefits all participants, regardless of their religious perspective, by empowering them to transform their living and working environments into deeper spiritual environments.

"This experience truly changed my life," said Jenna Trezza '18.

In addition to the Emmaus retreat, the School's Theology Department organizes a retreat for each Form. Thus far this year, Third Formers established stronger bonds with each other through a series of group experiences during a hike at Lovers Leap State Park, and Fourth Formers participated in a food drive to stock the shelves of New Milford's Food Bank. Canterbury's tradition of retreats reflects our Catholic heritage, which informs our commitment to the School's Five Values: Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Spirituality, and Self-Reliance.