Canterbury College (Windsor, Ontario)

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Canterbury College
Motto Let Reasonableness Flourish
Type Theological college & Seminary
Established 1957
Affiliation University of Windsor
President R. Bruck Easton
Location 2500 University Avenue West
, Ontario, Canada
N9B 3Y1
Campus Urban
Colours blue      and White     
Affiliations Anglican Church of Canada.
Website Official website

Canterbury College is a small liberal arts college affiliated with the University of Windsor founded by the Anglican Church of Canada.


Canterbury College was incorporated in June 1957. The College appointed its first Principal, Canon Rayson, in September 1957. Canterbury College, an Anglican College and Assumption University, a Roman Catholic University signed an affiliation agreement on November 4, 1957 in the presence of Bishop Luxton and Bishop Cody. It was the first Anglican College in the world to affiliate with a Roman Catholic University.

The College purchased Canterbury House, 172 Patricia Road, St. Augustine from Clyde W. Curry, Sr., in March 1958. Classes began in September 1958. The first staff member, Canon Rayson gave 7 lectures each week to the twenty-seven students enrolled in a Religious Knowledge course. In June 1959, the Rev. F. Temple Kingston, Ph.D., from British Columbia, was hired to teach Philosophy. In the second year of the College, five courses were taught to seventy-four students. The Anglican parishes of Essex Deanery funded the College which, in turn gave lectures and presentations to the parishes. In 1959, Scholarship Funds were established and a Building Fund was created. In 1962-7, Canterbury College participated in a Building Fund Campaign with Assumption University to raising $2,500,000. The College was allocated 4% of the target amount for $100,000 in building funds.

In December 1962, the Ontario Legislature incorporated a secular University of Windsor. In December 1963, Canterbury College, Assumption University of Windsor, Holy Redeemer College (now Académie Sainte-Cécile), and the Iona College (Windsor, Ontario) (United Church Affiliate), and the University of Windsor joined in an affiliation agreement.[1]

By 1963, Canterbury had four staff members, (the Rev. Henry Hill [later Bishop], and the Rev. Peter Wilkinson, and 245 students registered in twelve courses. Canterbury staff were integrated with the University with tenure and Department Head eligibility. Canterbury College's focus shifted from teaching to maintaining and developing a viable Christian presence within the rapidly secularizing University setting. Nevertheless, Canterbury College retained its building as a Chapel and social centre, had representation on the University Board of Governors, continued to give Awards and Bursaries, continued to appoint staff in the Department of Religious Studies, initiated courses and continued to serve students.

On November 4, 1967, Canterbury College celebrated its tenth anniversary by opening the first on-campus residence for married students in Canada. Geoffrey Fisher Hall, a 38 unit apartment building, was opened by His Grace, Geoffrey Francis Fisher, 99th Archbishop of Canterbury, and Lady Fisher. For the first time in four hundred years, an Archbishop of Canterbury received a degree from a Roman Catholic institution when Assumption University conferred an honorary degree on Archbishop Lord Fisher.

In November 1982, Canterbury College celebrated the 20th anniversary by unveiling the Armorial Bearings of Canterbury College. His Lordship Theodore David Butler Ragg, Bishop of Huron, petitioned His Grace the Earl Marshall, the Duke of Norfolk, for a grant of armorial bearings. The armorial bearings were granted by the College of Heralds in the spring of 1977. The motto for Canterbury College is: “Let Reasonableness Flourish”.

In 1987, Canterbury College celebrated the Silver Jubilee. The Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral in England presented Canterbury College with a Canterbury Cross which was incorporated into the Ceremonial Mace. The Ceremonial Mace was used for the first time during the Anniversary celebrations. Mr. Allan Gotlieb, the Canadian ambassador to Washington, received an honorary degree at a special convocation ceremony at the University of Windsor.

In 1988, four residences for single students with 48 bedrooms were built to replace two older houses.

In 2002, Canterbury College celebrated the 40th Anniversary by expanding to occupy most of a city block, with thirteen houses, and Geoffrey Fisher Hall. 2500 University Avenue West, which includes College classrooms, offices and meeting rooms, replaced the former Ramsey and Davidson Houses. St. Paul's at Canterbury, the new chapel can accommodate up to 100 people or be sectioned off to a smaller area to provide meeting rooms and a banquet hall. The former Anglican parish of St. Paul's brought the pictorial glass windows, altar, pulpit, font, lights and many other items from their former building on Ouellette Avenue.

Augustine House, a residence with ten bedrooms was formerly St. Augustine House, which held offices, chapel and classrooms. The eleven residences house students of the University of Windsor. Five houses are for men and six for women, all contain a kitchen, common room, laundry room, several bathrooms. There are in total, 104 individual rooms, as residences for single students.


The College offers courses for a Doctor of Ministry Degree (in affiliation with Ashland Theological Seminary at Ashland University), certificate courses for the Anglican Community of Deacons, as well as other interested lay people, and professional courses for the community.

Canterbury ElderCollege is an educational program at Canterbury College for adults over 55.


The scholarship program at Canterbury has grown to twenty-nine awards, and from the interest on endowments, there will be over $8,600.00 available to be distributed this year in prizes and bursaries.

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