Who We Are
Cana Family Institute exists to support you in your efforts to build a strong family life and find the peace of knowing your family is on the right track.
Our Four Pillars
Cana Family Institute is an independent, lay-driven organization organized and established in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 2012 as a non-profit 501c3. The founding board, with the encouragement of the chancellor for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, began to establish statutes outlining Cana Family Institute as a private association of the lay faithful in 2013. In addition to outreach in 3 other dioceses, in 2014 Cana programming began in parishes and Catholic schools in the northwest suburbs of St. Paul-Minneapolis under the guidance of The Most Reverend Andrew H. Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Father Joe Bambenek, pastor of the Church of St. Pius X in White Bear Lake, MN, joined the board of directors in 2015 as Bishop Cozzens’ representative.
In 2016 the board of directors unanimously decided to embark on a comprehensive strategic planning process in order to position the organization to have an even greater impact for marriage and family for decades to come. A Catholic strategic planner, hired in the Spring of 2017, spent nearly a year researching, analyzing and reviewing resources, interviewing constituents and asking the questions necessary to ensure sustainability and impact that would embrace and embody both excellence and faithfulness. The result is a clear mission and vision that was launched at the 2018 Cana Banquet.
Cana Family Institute’s core programming, formerly called Familia, has over 26 years of history and over 20,000 alumni around the country. The heart of The Cana Experience is
bringing to life Saint John Paul II’s brilliant papal writings on marriage and family – as well as other church documents including Saint Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae - by seamlessly weaving them with the Catechism and Gospel, and then encouraging practical ways to integrate that knowledge into practice. All learning materials have Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. The transformation impact truly awakens faith and vocational and missionary vigor in those who participate and in those who serve in the organization as missionary disciples.
More committed to living the Church’s teachings on family life
More involved in parish ministries
More committed to sharing / teaching the Catholic faith in general
The majority of our
- Increased time spent in daily prayer
- Embraced more strongly the Church’s teachings on openness to life
- Became more supportive of their children choosing a religious vocation