Canterbury Downtown


Welcome to Canterbury Downtown, a community of students from New York University, The New School, Cooper Union, Hunter College, Pace University and more.

This is an open and inclusive Christian community of, by, and for university students of all campuses in lower Manhattan. During the academic year we gather for weekly worship and a free meal, service-learning opportunities, and adventurous outings. We enjoy taking time to play, pray and serve together. Students of all religious backgrounds are invited to join us as we seek to grow together in community and Christ.

Students gather for worship and a home-cooked meal, conversation and community building during the academic year on Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church (10th Street and Broadway).

Canterbury Downtown is a ministry of The Diocese of New York.



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The Rev. Mary Cat Young joined the Canterbury Downtown community in August of 2011 as Chaplain.  She loves her work in the Episcopal Church and the world as a reflection of thanksgiving and action in response to God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. Mary Cat looks forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and walking with you as a companion on your spiritual journey as we strive to grow together in community and Christ. Chaplain Mary Cat also serves as the Liaison for Young Adults in the Diocese of New York.

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Madeline Pantalena is a seminarian in their third year at Union Theological Seminary and a postulant for Holy Orders (studying to become a priest) in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Madeline has had a passion for campus ministry since being a part of Canterbury Club at Columbia University while an undergraduate. An avid fiber artist, Madeline is never without at least one knitting project on their person, usually socks. If you would like to share a story, grab a cup of coffee, or learn how to knit or crochet, be in touch!

Madeline uses “they/them” pronouns. For more information, see here or ask.


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About the Episcopal Diocese of New York

The Episcopal Diocese of New York includes 199 local congregations (parishes) with about 66,000 members, 72 deacons, 600 priests and two bishops – Bishop Diocesan Andrew ML Dietsche and Bishop Suffragen Allen Shin. Extending from Tottenville, Staten Island, well over 100 miles north to rural Callicoon, Sullivan County, in the northwest, the diocese covers 4,739 urban, suburban and rural square miles in ten of the state’s southeastern counties: New York City’s boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island; and Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties.  More information on the Episcopal Diocese of New York is available here.

Growing together in community and Christ