View this email in your browser

Welcome Alumni, Supporters, and Students.

Welcome to the first edition of the (hopefully) semi-annual Campus Ministry Alumni and Supporters newsletter for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. We want to maintain connection with our previous students and supporters and share with you all that is happening with Young Adult and Campus Ministry in Kansas. 

First, meet this year's Formation Team:

  • Karen Schlabach, Youth, Young Adult & Campus Missioner (middle right)
  • Michael Funston, Associate for Youth, Young Adult & Campus Ministry (middle left)
  • Deacon Mary Donovan, Curate for Campus Ministry
  • Anastasia Cunningham, Program Assistant at the Canterbury House at K-State (left)
  • Clarke Mortensen, Program Assistant at the Canterbury House of Lawrence (right)

Depending on when you were involved with campus ministry in Kansas, you may notice a couple of very different things. First, we have one group of people who work together to make youth, young adult, and campus ministry in Kansas happen -- it's the same total number of people, but with a shared vision and shared workload. Second, we no longer call the staff living in our Canterbury Houses "interns." Their new(ish) title is "Program Assistant" to mirror the concept of "Resident Assistant" used in residence halls on-campus. 

We hope you find this newsletter fun and informative. If you have any suggestions for future editions about what you'd like to hear, just drop us a note! You're always welcome to come by the houses for a quick tour if you're in town, too. 

Grace & Peace,

Karen, Michael, Mary, Anastasia, & Clarke

Meet the 2020 Campus Peer Ministers. TOP ROW: Ben Ali (KU), Josie Hayes (KU), Alex Baldwin (Washburn), Weston Curnow (KU), and Clarke Mortensen (Program Assistant, St. Anselm's). BOTTOM ROW: Cole Griffin (KSU), Anastasia Cunningham (Program Assistant, St. Francis), Carson Avery (KSU), Jeremiah Shipman (KSU), and Laurie Bush (KU). Not pictured: Rachel Peyton (HCC), Eliza Seagrist (KSU), Hannah Nuest (KU), and Will Chaney (KU). 
First Day of School photos for the Canterbury House residents, Fall 2020. Top Photo: Rachel Peyton, Carson Avery, Eliza Seagrist, Jeremiah Shipman, and Cole Griffin. Bottom Left: Clarke Mortensen; Bottom Right: Will Chaney
How has COVID-19 effected Campus Ministry in Kansas? 
COVID-19 has turned our world upside-down and forced us to think creatively about how to make ministry happen, safely. A lot has changed, but a lot remains essentially the same. 

Weekly programs at the Canterbury Houses are currently being held outside, with social distancing, and masks required. We purchased tailgating tents to provide some shade and weather protection. Food-prep for the weekly meal is done by a maximum of two people and meals are individually packaged in biodegradable to-go boxes. Our program assistant at the Canterbury House at K-State has previous experience in food service and worked with Ecumenical Campus Ministries to record a food safety video focusing on preparing food for others.

Worship services are held outside with masks required, social distancing, and spiritual communion. Our small groups are online. Since fans are not allowed to attend football games, the Lawrence House is unable to sell their parking lot this year as their fundraiser. Happy Kitchen at St. Paul's in Manhattan isn't happening, so students there are unable to serve on Tuesday mornings. House residents spend a little bit of time each day sanitizing all frequently touched surfaces. Students have more of their classes online, with a regular lecture offered via Zoom. This has necessitated a beefed up internet connection to support all those video feeds! 

Any student with any symptoms (even if they think it is just allergies) is asked to stay home. We can bring them food if they would like. Students who have been in contact with someone known to have the virus are asked to self-quarantine until they can get a negative test. 

Photo: Rachel Peyton packaging meals for program at the Canterbury House at K-State. 

Upcoming Events:
Alumni and supporters are always welcome at our events! We'd love to see and hear from you.  
  • Youth & Young Adult Worship on Zoom, Sunday, September 20, 11 am
  • Blessing of the Animals in Lawrence, Tuesday, September 29, 6:30-7:15 pm
  • Blessing of the Animals in Manhattan, Monday, October 5, 6:30-7:15 pm
  • Lawrence Workday, Saturday, September 26, 9 am - 1 pm
  • Campus Ministry Harvest Fest at ECM at K-State, Friday, October 2, 6:30-8 pm
  • Bishop's Bowl, Saturday, October 10 @ Canterbury House at K-State 
    This was the original date of the KU v. KSU football game which has now been rescheduled to overlap with Diocesan Convention, so we're still having the Bishop's Bowl on the 10th. 
  • St. Anselm's Worship, Thursday, October 15, 6 pm, in-person and on Facebook Live
  • Manhattan Workday, Sunday, October 18, 2-6 pm
  • St. Francis' Worship, Thursday, October 22, 6:30 pm, in-person and on Facebook Live
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 3
  • Youth & Young Adult Worship on Zoom, Sunday, November 8, 11 am. 
Weekly Events supported by both Canterbury Houses
  • Young Adult & Graduate Student Small Group, Wednesdays 7-8 pm on Zoom
  • College Student Small Group, Wednesdays 8:15-9:15 pm on Zoom
  • Tea and Compline, Thursdays 9 pm on Facebook live
Photo: Playing games in the front lawn the first week of program at the Canterbury House at K-State

Meet our Curate: Deacon Mary Donovan

Rev. Mary Donovan is the new Curate for Young Adult and Campus Ministry. After years in New York City as a teacher and school administrator, Mary moved to Kansas and became a Benedictine Oblate, associated with the Atchison monastery. That spiritual training led her to the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry. Mary explains: “I would describe my spiritual journey as a spiral, leading me as a mother, a teacher, and now an ordained Deacon, and at all times into God.” Mary lives in Lawrence with her husband Charles. She has two children, Molly who lives in Guatemala and Alice who lives in New York City, they are both teachers.

In her role as curate, Deacon Mary will be offering worship at each house once per month, leading program at each house once every month, and giving Spiritual Direction to the Campus Peer Ministers. Mary will also serve on the Bishop's Advisory Committees for the two Canterbury Houses and the Campus and Youth Ministry Council,

Mary is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence and has been serving on the Bishop's Advisory Committee (BAC) for the Canterbury House of Lawrence for a number of years. She was ordained to the transitional diaconate on June 13. Deacon Mary can be reached at
St. Anselm's Canterbury House of Lawrence, 1116 Louisiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044

Why is it called "Canterbury House of Lawrence" now? We have active programs at Washburn University, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Baker University. We also welcome participants from Johnson County Community College. We want the Canterbury House to feel welcoming to all college students, regardless of the school they attend. 


  • The Word@Washburn, Mondays, 12-1 pm, Student Union
  • Dinner & Program, Tuesdays 6-7:15 pm, Canterbury House
  • Blessings on the Go, Wednesdays, 11 am-1 pm near Wescoe Beach
  • Haskell Donuts & Discussion, Wednesdays, 3-4 pm, online
  • Baker University Chapel, Thursdays, 11 am
Residents: Currently, the house has two residents, Clarke Mortensen (Program Assistant) and Will Chaney (Graduate Student Peer Minister). We are always actively recruiting additional residents and peer ministers. 

Maintenance: Over the past two years, we've been doing a lot of deferred maintenance on the house. We've replaced two air conditioners and one heater (the house has 3 of each), re-hung the traditional celtic cross in the chapel, repainted the outside (same colors!), got a new roof, installed new LED lights on the main floor, and most recently, removed and replaced the green carpet on the first floor! It's amazing how different the space looks with a different color carpet (photo below).

Upcoming projects: (when time and funding allows) New windows, addition of screen doors, new dishwasher, refinish stairs.  

Social Media

St. Francis Canterbury House at K-State, 1823 Laramie St., Manhattan, KS 66502
  • Dinner & Program, Mondays 6:30-8 pm
  • Happy Kitchen is currently on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Residents: Currently the house has five residents, Anastasia Cunningham (Program Assistant, living in the renovated basement bedroom that has an egress window and full bathroom), and Peer Ministers Eliza Seagrist (living the office on the first floor), Jeremiah Shipman, Carson Avery, and Cole Griffin. 

Maintenance: upgrade internet to support online learning, new stone retaining wall in front yard, new LED lighting throughout the house, replace office patio door with a window, new front lawn after the main water line had to be replaced, paint the dining room and entry-way, paint the office, re-model the 2nd floor bathroom, trim trees, completed the basement renovation to make that space useable. Many thanks to Pat Pesci, aka Mr. P for all the work he does on the Canterbury House. 

Upcoming projects: (when time and funding allows) Remodel the 1st floor bathroom to add a shower, replace kitchen cabinets, improve insulation on 2nd floor to reduce utility costs.

Social Media

Photos from recent programs and events at the Canterbury Houses.
Top: Canterbury at K-State's annual hike at the Konza Prairie with Bishop Bascom. Middle Left: First program at Canterbury at K-State
Middle Right: The Campus Peer Ministry Retreat, part of which was on Zoom. Bottom Left: Canterbury House of Lawrence Peer Ministers prepping for program. Bottom Right: Putting up the new prayer wall in the living room at the Canterbury House of Lawrence (also a great way to cover up those mirrors!)
Bishop's Bowl Resurrected in 2018
After a number of years on hiatus, the Bishop's Bowl returned in 2018 with a gathering at the Canterbury House at K-State. Participants tailgated before the football game, then returned to the house after the game for a rousing cornhole competition. St. Francis won the coveted "Bishop's Miter" for the year. In 2019, the Canterbury House of Lawrence hosted a brunch prior to the football game. Participants competed in giant Jenga with St. Anselm's coming out victorious. Join us this year in Manhattan on October 10 for another cornhole competition! 
Support Canterbury
We are currently selling t-shirts and sweatshirts as a small fundraiser for the Canterbury Houses. They are high-quality soft t-shirts and hoodies. Which house will sell more!?!? Order yours today and support the house of your choice, or get one of each! Additionally, if you'd like to sponsor a college student's t-shirt, you can add a donation on to your purchase. 
Don't want a shirt? You can give us a donation through our database, UltraCamp
Follow EDOK Campus Ministry on social media: Contact Information

Karen Schlabach, Youth, Young Adult & Campus Missioner, 913-708-5927 mobile/text

Michael Funston, Associate for Youth, Young Adult & Campus Ministry, 785-231-8785 mobile/text

Deacon Mary Donovan, Curate for Campus Ministry, 917-880-3844

Anastasia Cunningham, Program Assistant at the Canterbury House at K-State, 920-267-0652

Clarke Mortensen, Program Assistant at the Canterbury House of Lawrence, 937-919-3273

Young Adult & Campus Ministry Facebook
Copyright © 2020 Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.