What is Familia?

How Familia Began

In 1993 several Regnum Christi couples in Minneapolis, Minnesota worked as a team to develop materials, structure and training to promote the well-being of the family. Each element was thought through carefully. The many challenges families face today needed to addressed and real attainable solutions provided. Familia works hard to transmit the ideas, principles and practical tools that bring clarity and peace to family life. Families built on the bedrock of truth know what love is and how to transmit it.

In 1998, Familia was introduced to Canada and with the help of Familia USA, established its own national office. Since then programs have expanded and the participant base has grown beyond all expectations. Familia Canada will forever be endebted to Familia USA for its support, guidance and continued willingness to be only a phone call away for us. 

June 29, 2012 Cana Family Institute, a private not-for-profit operating out of Brooklyn Park, MN assumed full rights and ownership of the Familia materials and programs making them part of Cana Family Institute family.  Cana Family Institute intends to build upon the experience Familia brings by continuing to offer parish based prorams that form leaders in the area of marriage and family life.

Since that time Familia Canada and Cana Family Institute have continued their ongoing relationship and Cana Family Institute has granted full license agreement for Familia content and leadership formation to Familia Canada.  

Click the link to hear the Most Reverend Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, KY, endorsment of Familia.

Web Clip Archbishop Kurtz 2010.mp3



Comprehensive training resources and website access 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.  Contact our national co-ordinator @ 780-727-2174 or familiacanada2014 [at] gmail [dot] com

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.

Teamwork 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 Donna for more information.