The peace of knowing your family is on the right track!!
Familia exists to support you in your efforts to build a strong family life. It is Familia's mission to strengthen families by helping men and women live their mission to marriage and parenthood in all its fullnesssing with the richness and beauty of the Catholic faith.
The family is the bedrock of our society. This is where God has made known his presence in a most unique and unrepeatable way. Familia equips men and women with practical tools that will enable them to become spouses, fathers and mothers their family needs.
How do I participate?
Familia is strengthening and enriching families across the country by bringing teams together that not only form strong friendships, but also bring a richer attitude and experience to each couples' marriage. Small groups lead by 2 trained facilitators lead teams of 8-10 participants in your parish or community. With Familia you can trust that the time you invest in the program translates to ideas, techniques and understanding that you can bring immediately to your family. The dynamic team discussions are led by people you know, who live the way you do, who have the same hopes, desires and struggles. Participating on a Familia Family Life Team will bring clarity and a consistent means to reach your goals.
Familia has 2 core programs for parents of young children - Mothers of Young Children, Husbands and Fathers. Each program includes 4 courses designed specifically mothers or fathers of young children giving them practical tools to help the know they are on the right track as parents. Click 'Programs' for more information on each program and or course.
If you need more information about how to facilitate a team, please call us at 763-391-0205 and we will be happy to help you. Click the 'Get Started' tab for team information in your diocese.
How can my parish participate?
When a diocesan approved Cana Family Institute(CFI) Leadership Team is established parishes have the opportunity to sponsor Familia programs. With the pastors approval and a designated parish Familia coordinator, collaboration with the CFI Leadership Team can begin to make plans for promotion of teams and monthly faciliator training.
If you need more information about beginning Familia in a parish 'Click' the 'Get Started' tab to contact the CFI Leadership Team in your diocese or call Cana Family Institute at 763-391-0205 and we will be happy to help you.
How does a leadership team start?
It’s an important task to form families but its much more than a task. Forming a Cana Family Institute leadership team comes from a desire for families to be all they can be as the ‘first community called to announce the Gospel’. (Familiaris Consortio 2) The first step in the process to establishing Cana Family Institute in a diocese is to begin a discernment process. A discernment process starts with individuals who may be called to be part of a team that directs and supports Familia. A primary function of this team is to train and accompany the parents, facilitators and trainers. Initially, a leadership team consists of a ‘director couple’ with 2 ‘trainers’ for the program course that will be started (i.e. Year 1 Mothers of Young Children or Year 1 Husbands and Fathers)
If you need more information about beginning a Cana Family Insitute leadership team in your diocese, contact Cana Family Institute at via 'Contact Us' or please call 763-391-0205 and we will be happy to help you.
Click the link to hear the Most Reverend Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, KY, endorsment of Familia.
Training and Facilitator Support:
Better results are achieved in Familia teams with 2 facilitators who receive support from each other and, if possible, another person in the parish or diocese who meets with them regularly to follow the progress of their work, encourage them in their work of conversion in their lives and the lives of others, and review difficult concepts in the lessons to strengthen their confidence in leading their team. Some cities have regular facilitator training meetings where this is offered, but it can easily be implemented at any diocesan or parish level. Contact us for more information.
Comprehensive training resources are available to Familia Faciltiators.
The Facilitators Essentials Online Course, Answer Keys, and Lesson Training Audios are provided at no cost for Facilitators who have purchased their workbooks. Just click Contact Us to request access. Please include your name and the program you need access for.
Facilitators Essentials Course: This is a 6-session online course that takes about 2 hours to complete. The contents include the purpose and how to lead each part of a lesson, group dynamics, and how to give personalized attention to each participant. Click the Resources tab to experience this course at no charge.
Answer Keys: Familia programs all contain suggested answers to help spur and develop discussions, as well as to guide the facilitator in keeping discussions on track and in line with the teachings of the Church. These are available online.
Online Lesson Training Audios: Most Familia programs also contain 10-20 minute MP3 audios for each lesson. These audios help to model facilitator techniques as well as how to field potential questions that may arise during the lesson.
To request facilitator access, simply send us an email through the contact us area of the website with your name, email, and the program you would like access for.