About Cana

The CANA Mission to the World

We all dream of starting a family and living in harmony, but it is often difficult.

CANA provides an answer to this desire of couples all over the world and to the many challenges they face today.

Its mission is to help everyone build the foundations for a lasting and fruitful union, to deepen the vocation of marriage and the family as a pillar for the construction of the individual and society, and as a place for welcoming life and learning about love.

CANA is a mission of the Chemin Neuf Community, a catholic community with an ecumenical vocation.

It is open to all couples, married or not, and single parents. CANA welcomes people of all Christian denominations, who are regular or casual practitioners or not.

Working with local churches, CANA adapts to the culture and languages of the 50 countries where it is present. CANA develops various activities, with pedagogy adapted to and respectful of the freedom and the progress of each person. These can be for a one-time appointment, a weekend, a week or annual courses with regular meetings.

The CANA Week of 6 days to find the meaning of the life of a couple, of commitment, of family, is the heart of the proposals. This is followed by a 6-day CANA Retreat to provide an opportunity for each couple and each person to deepen their relationship with God in prayer and in the word of God. CANA also welcomes those who are wondering about a future commitment (CANA Marriage Prep), who wish to be accompanied in their mission as parents (CANA Family & Parents), or who are going through a difficult period (CANA Inner Healing for the Couple) or a separation (CANA Hope). Finally, a course for “taking care of one’s couple” is particularly adapted to the parish context (CANA Welcome).

CANA has helped enrich and deepen the lives of thousands of couples, whether married or in a long-term relationship. In its 41st year, CANA is present in nearly 50 countries around the world addressing the different realities of couple and family life. CANA welcomes those who want to deepen their relationship.

"The Joy of Love", Pope Francis (2016)

Trusting in the action of the Holy Spirit in the heart of each person, CANA wishes to embody the words of Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love (2016): “In every situation that presents itself, “the Church is conscious of the need to offer a word of truth and hope… The great values of marriage and the Christian family correspond to a yearning that is part and parcel of human existence”. If we see any number of problems, these should be, a summons to “revive our hope and to make it the source of prophetic visions, transformative actions and creative forms of charity (AL 57).  A true “school” for the family and the couple where one experiences the joy of loving, CANA expresses its mission by this formula: “to love better”.