Spiritual Life

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 program. Service, celebration, and compassion are cornerstones of the education of our students, and specific community service projects throughout the year help build our Christian community. While not required, the Canterbury community is proud of its commitment to serving others both locally and internationally. Our theology curriculum combines breadth and depth, with courses ranging from Introduction to Philosophy, Service Learning, 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.



We show empathy for the hardships and difficulties of others.



We are truthful with ourselves and with each other.



Our words and actions reflect our respect for each other.



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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