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.
- "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
- 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.
- National Association of Lay Ministers
- 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)
- Falling in Love...Finding God, Marriage and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, 2017
- 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
- 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