Bridget Brennan, founder and president of The Cana Institute, holds Masters Degrees in both Human Relations and Religious Studies. She has more than twenty years experience as a Family Life Minister and is a Certified Family Life Educator and a Relationship Skills Master Coach. She has also served as adjunct instructor at Aquinas Institute School of Theology teaching graduate students the theology and spirituality of Marriage.

In a program hosted by St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in Saint Louis, Bridget developed and directed Marriage Prep seminars for first- and second-time marriages. Since 1997, when the program was implemented, Bridget has coached more than 5,000 couples preparing for marriage.

Author of The Marriage Connection, A Facilitator's Guide for Young Marrieds Retreats, Bridget, along with Jerry Shen, her husband of more than 30 years, frequently travels throughout the United States presenting retreats and workshops for married couples.

SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS:

  • "Living Ignatian Spirituality in Marriage" at four Ignatian Conferences, St. Louis University, St.Louis, Missouri
  • "Smart Marriages" NACFLM; State of Missouri Human Services and U.S. Office of Health & Human Services

TRAVELS:

  • Bridget and Jerry have been to Bukoba, Tanzania where Jerry taught a group of women how to make soy milk and Bridget taught them personal development skills.

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • National Association of Lay Ministers
    (NALM)
  • National Association of Catholic Family
    Life Ministers (NACFLM)
  • Coalition for Marriage, Family & Couples Education (Smart Marriages)
  • National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
  • Spiritual Directors International
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)

AUTHOR:

  • Your Marriage, Ligouri Press, 2015 (contributing author: "Intimacy")
  • Claiming Your Deepest Desires,
    The Power of an Intimate Marriage,
    Liturgical Press, 2004
  • The Marriage Connection, Wedding the Spiritual and Practical, The Cana Institute, 2001

AWARDS:

  • Development of Peoples Award, July 2014, from National Christian Life Community
    of the U.S. Given in recognition of carrying
    out principles and ideals of Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical, Populorum Progressio.
  • Spiritual Guide Award, March 2000, from Archdiocese of St. Louis Woman's Award

 

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