What we do

Committed to guiding adults to healthy relationships, The Cana Institute was founded by Bridget Brennan in 2001. The Institute provides programs and publications that will teach you to personally and spiritually, grow together as a couple, while growing closer to God.

Bridget Brennan and Jerome Shen, who were married in 1976, frequently travel throughout the United States presenting retreats and workshops for married couples:

  • Using a Marriage Prep seminar she developed and directed, Bridget has coached more than 5,000 couples preparing for first- and second-time marriages

  • Their “Living Ignatian Spirituality in Marriage” workshop has been presented at four Ignatian conferences at St. Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri

  • “Smart Marriages,” a program developed by Bridget, has been presented to the State of Missouri Human Services and the U.S. Office of Health and Human Services


Visit the Books page for details about each of these publications:

  • Falling in Love…Finding God, Marriage and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

  • Claiming Your Deepest Desires, The Power of an Intimate Marriage

  • The Marriage Connection, Wedding the Spiritual and Practical


What they're saying...


"Ever unfolding and updating to share the Good News that Healthy Relationships make the world go round and keep it in orbit." 

— Sharon and Bryan


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