The Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center is a beautiful jewel in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida. Unfortunately, at the same time, it is “the best kept secret” which I hope will soon change.
My first visit to Canterbury was in 1995 for an All Saints Vestry Retreat and Planning Session. The seclusion and facilities of Canterbury then wonderfully met our needs for quality time to reflect and plan for a building campaign and significant expansion of our church facilities.
For the last 17 years, as a member of the Commission on Ministry, I have attended the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Aspirants to the Ministry (BACAM) meeting each spring held at Canterbury. The Retreat Center wonderfully hosts 75 to 100 people over a two-day period. It has been my pleasure to see the upgraded quality of operations, including food and grounds, as well as a tremendous personable staff. Welcoming hospitality rolled out by all of those working at Canterbury make for most productive and meaningful opportunities for all attending.
Even though Canterbury is no longer “in the country”, you will always feel your blood pressure drop when you turn onto the grounds. It still is removed from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Orlando, and you will always have a positive experience whether attending Canterbury individually or in small or large groups. I am pleased to be a Canterbury partner to help in support of this most important asset of our Episcopal community and beyond. Please consider becoming a partner too. If you have not been there, you need to go; and if you have not been in a long time, it is time to return.