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Saints Return Home for Alumni Weekend 2022

Jim Norman

Alumni Weekend was a rousing success once again, and it was wonderful to see so many Saints come back to campus! The sounds of laughter and excitement could be heard all around the hilltop throughout the four-day event. 

Members of the Class of 2021 were welcomed home Thursday night, and on Friday things got rolling with the Athletics Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Congratulations to our 2022 Hall of Fame class—Kevin Sheehan ’62, Francis Bice ’77, Byron Landers ’81, Andrew Flood ’82, Megan McDonald Collins ’90, and Timothy Fingerhut ’90. 

The Class of 1970’s 50th Reunion celebration was another highlight of the day as 29 members finally got to reunite  after a two-year delay. According to Class Ambassador Stephen Cunningham ’70, it was well worth the wait. “Getting back to where we once belonged was fantastic,” he said. “The joy and delight were contagious, and nothing makes you feel younger than being with those who knew you when you were actually younger. Go ’70! See you in three!”

Later, Litchfield Distillery shared complimentary spirits tastings. Alumni and their families then relaxed under the tent and enjoyed diverse cuisine from a number of food trucks, which were very well-received by guests. Bright smiles lit up the starry night as friends and classmates roasted S’mores around the fire pits and shared fond memories.

The good times kept rolling on Saturday. At the Society of Alumni (SOA) Annual Meeting, Head of School Rachel Stone P ’23, ’24 gave a State of the School address and Canterbury presented its major alumni awards—Miriam “Duchess” Harris ’87, James P. Stearns ’66, and Matthew R. Weir ’70 received the Thomas J. Sheehy III Distinguished Alumni Award, and Katherine “Katie” Grill ’10, Elizabeth “Libby” Foley ’06, and Margaret “Meg” Caswell ’95 were recognized with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Kudos to these extraordinary graduates!

The Around the World Luncheon offered a true international flair, showcasing the foods of China, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. Alumni then gathered on Sheehy Family Field for the Alumni Lacrosse Game, face-painting, lawn games, and an ice cream truck. The grand finale Saturday was a spirited night of dinner and dancing at Steers Center that included an acoustic guitar player on the patio for cocktail hour and a live band inside during the meal. 

The weekend concluded Sunday with the traditional Alumni Memorial Mass held at the Chapel of Our Lady. 

Allison (Trowbridge) Scheckner ’97, who attended with her family, was beyond thrilled to be back at her alma mater. “Even after 25 years, the excitement I get driving up Aspetuck Avenue has not changed. As Canterbury continues to flourish, grow, and expand, the essence remains constant and the traditions and values hold strong,” Allison said. “The friendships formed many years ago are still so dear to me, making events like this sacred. No matter how much we, as alumni, have aged and been apart, we come back and pick up right where we left off.  I am truly grateful for my time at Canterbury and am proud to be an alumna of the school.”