Stanford Canterbury Foundation


What is Stanford Canterbury?

Stanford Canterbury is the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Stanford University. Canterbury is the name given to Episcopal chaplaincies on college campuses, much the same as Newman is given to Roman Catholic groups and Hillel is given to Jewish groups.

Stanford Canterbury was created to provide an Episcopal ministry to Stanford University. Stanford is training the leaders of tomorrow and the Episcopal Church is here to be a part of that training.


Who participates?

Students, staff, and faculty of the University community are regular participants in the ministries of Stanford Canterbury. We also welcome spouses, alumni, and other supporters, as well.


What is the program?

  • We gather for weekly dinner and conversation in a program called Bread and Belonging.
  • The Thursday Eucharist, at 12:10 has a faithful group of students, faculty, staff, and tourists each week in Memorial Church.
  • Service Retreats provide students with the opportunity to practice the justice side of their faith.
  • Vocational Discernment is provided for students (and staff and faculty) as they engage in some serious questions about who God is calling them to be.
  • Community involvement is incorporated for the Ascension Day and Easter Vigil services on campus; and
  • We are involved with many activities around campus, increasing ELCM’s profile in the Stanford community.


What is the relationship between the University and Canterbury?

Stanford's Office for Religious Life provides office and meeting space for the various campus ministries on the third floor of the Old Union Building under an umbrella organization called Stanford Associated Religions. They are located in the Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences (CIRCLE), which also includes a library and a worship space.


Is it involved with the local Episcopal parishes?

Yes. Stanford Canterbury is supported by local parishes, especially through laity and clergy who serve on the Canterbury Board of Directors and through donations from individuals.


How is Stanford Canterbury organized?

It is managed by a Board of Directors, with representation from local parishes, the Diocese of California, the Diocese of El Camino Real, and students and alumni from Stanford.


How is it funded?

Stanford Canterbury is funded primarily through the Department of Campus Ministry of the Diocese of California, with additional funding coming from the local parish churches, other supporting churches and church groups, and from individual donors.


How can people support Stanford Canterbury?

There are a number of ways to provide support. Providing dinner occasionally for the weekly Bread and Belonging is a special gift. Altar guild volunteers are needed for the Thursday noon Eucharist, financial donations are most welcome, and your prayers are always appreciated.


How can I learn more about Stanford Canterbury?

Email the Canterbury Board of Directors at

Stanford Canterbury Foundation
P.O. Box 18687, Stanford, CA 94305