Spiritual Heritage


Our Catholic heritage includes a spiritual dimension that has a profound impact on students and teachers from all faiths and traditions. As such, Canterbury is a school grounded in our Catholic heritage and warmly welcoming to students of all faiths. Many of our families come from other religious backgrounds, and whatever their individual beliefs, all of our students share an experience shaped by the same set of unchanging convictions: spiritual growth is an important part of any truly complete education. The wide-ranging backgrounds of our community speak to the inclusive atmosphere found on campus and the importance that our students and their families place on an education that fosters moral development and spiritual growth.

Spirituality is a vital part of the values-based education Canterbury provides. Highlights of spiritual life include Sunday Mass, Form Retreats, and the Sacristan and Interfaith Council programs. Service, celebration, and compassion are cornerstones of the education of our students, and specific community service projects throughout the year help build our community. While not required, the Canterbury community is proud of its commitment to serving others. Our theology curriculum combines breadth and depth, with courses ranging from an in-depth study of the life of Jesus and his mission, Scripture and Tradition, Social Justice: Service Learning, Grief and Loss to Introduction to Philosophy, and World Religions. And while the framework for spiritual life is provided by the teachings of the Catholic Church, students of all faiths are encouraged to draw on their own religious traditions.

In keeping with Canterbury's mission to educate and develop moral leaders in a secular world, students are challenged to incorporate the School's Five Values into their lives and to make service to others a permanent component of their lives.

Canterbury's Five Values

We are truthful with ourselves and with each other.

Our words and actions reflect our respect for each other.

We show empathy for the hardships and difficulties of others.

Our relationship with God is important. We respect the beliefs and rituals of others.

We make decisions based on principle and belief.


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“I saw God in this pattern of moss. I know it was created by God just for this moment; the unique and completely random pattern has never been seen before and will never be seen again.”

—Submitted by Sabrina Capodicci  ’20

“Half of the picture is the blue sky with white clouds, and half of it is the green leaves and brown branches. How wonderful it is to witness the tree and clouds, which are far from each other, to be so harmonious in one scene. It is a perfect combination of land and sky, and I see God in the harmony.”

—Submitted by Jane Wu ’20

“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”
—St. Catherine of Sienna