The Canterbury House of Lawrence

The St. Anselm’s Canterbury House of Lawrence was established in its current form in the fall of 2006. It provides a safe place where students can come together and explore their life of faith as shown to them through the life of Jesus Christ as they ask critical questions and experience the love of Christ through others and thereby find their spirituality deepened.

The house holds up to four student peer ministers (students selected for their desire to lead ministry in the wider KU community while deepening their own faith) and one intern at a time with any number of out-of-house peer ministers who, with the guidance of the campus missioner, carry out the daily work of the ministry.


The main ministry at the KU Canterbury House is our Tuesday Night Dinner program. Peer ministers invite the student community to the house for dinner, program, and worship. The dinner is either prepared by the peer ministers and intern or donated by a supporting parishioner from one of the local Episcopal churches. The programs offered could be anything from traditional Bible study, to guided meditation, to guest speakers on special topics. We cycle through different forms and styles of evening prayer, including Night Prayer from The New Zealand Prayer Book, Aidan Compline, and a Taize-style Compline.

Canterbury House
1116 Louisiana St.
Lawrence, KS 66044


Contact: Will Chaney, campus ministry intern, 205-913-1189,

Bishop’s Advisory Committee
The Canterbury House is governed by a Bishop’s Advisory Committee. This group of volunteers from area parishes oversees the budget and policy decisions for the house and functions similar to a vestry of a parish. Current members of the B.A.C. are:

  • Deacon Rob Schwaller, Vice President
  • Debbie Beckley, treasurer
  • Donna Griffin, clerk
  • John Broholm, faculty advisor
  • Jennifer Attocknie
  • Antha Cotton-Spreckelmeyer
  • Mary Donovan
  • David Griffin

If you are interested in serving on the BAC for the Canterbury House of Lawrence, please contact the Interim Campus Missioner, Karen Schlabach, at or 913-708-5927, who also serves as President of this group.


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