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Third Form Students Participate in Retreat

Meredith Berry-Toon

Third Form students, Sacristans, and faculty chaperones travelled to Lover's Leap State Park in New Milford on Wednesday, October 10 for the Annual Third Form Retreat. Students began the day with a special breakfast and prayer before piling into Canterbury busses for the short drive over to the park.

The Sacristans, many of whom had been on the retreat during their first year at the School, were charged with leading the Third Formers to stations across the wooded park and to various overlooks of Lake Lillinonah. Students reflected on their initial six weeks at Canterbury and what they hope to accomplish by the end of their first year as well as the end of their time at the School. Students and faculty advisors discussed challenges faced so far this year and the people and resources at Canterbury that students have already turned to for guidance.

"The Third Form Retreat is an opportunity for students to get to know themselves, others, and God in a more meaningful way," noted Tracy Garcia-LaVigne, the Director of the Center for Spirituality, Service, and Justice. "Stepping away from campus and spending time at nearby Lover's Leap State Park allows the students the space, environment, and opportunity for intentional conversations and reflection. The Sacristans guided the small group discussions and shared their own journeys and experiences with the younger students. We were additionally blessed with a beautiful fall day!"

All Forms at Canterbury partake in a Form Retreat each year. The Retreats serve as a way to bring each class together for reflection, unity, and contemplation.

Photos of Third Form Retreat