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Spiritual Life

At Canterbury, we recognize that spiritual growth is a vitally important part of a complete education—touching every aspect of learning and life at the School and key to the overall experience of personal growth that defines us. We prepare our students not only for success in higher learning and in life, but also to step forward as moral leaders in a complex, secular world.

We are open and inclusive.

Canterbury is a school with a foundation in the Catholic tradition that is warmly welcoming to students of all backgrounds and beliefs. We guide and encourage each student to pursue his or her own path of spiritual growth. Here, students’ individual explorations are enriched by encounters with friends who hold different beliefs as well as those who share their own. Canterbury provides transportation to various local places of worship.


We take pride in our core values.

Inspiring all we do at Canterbury is a set of five core values: Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Spirituality, and Self-Reliance.



We honor our Catholic heritage.

We offer Catholic students many opportunities to practice and deepen their faith: through celebration of Mass in The Chapel of Our Lady, class retreats, campus ministry events, and a program for those seeking to serve as sacristans. Read more about our spiritual heritage.


We encourage intellectual exploration.

A challenging theology curriculum explores the Catholic faith in depth as well as other world religions and topics in ethics and social justice. Read more about our theology course offerings.


We are dedicated to service and justice.

We put our beliefs into action through service to others in the cause of social justice. We take pride in the heartfelt commitment to service that unites our school community and in experiences of that service many Cantuarians describe as life-changing. Read more about our service trips and opportunities.


Fr. Mark Connell
Executive Director
San Miguel Academy of Newburgh


Center for Spirituality, Service & Justice

Sacred Space

The Chapel of Our Lady

The Chapel of Our Lady is open during the day and on designated evenings for silent reflection and prayer.


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