Sacred Marriage

Madonna House's family retreat program, called Cana Colony, provides a unique way for families to learn together how to incarnate the Gospel
in daily life with reflection from Joanne Weisbeck, director, Cana Colony: Madonna House.



Program Three: Sacred Marriage


Madonna House Click Here

Cana Colony Click Here


Restoration Click Here


A Woman in Love: A docudrama on the life of Catherine Doherty Click Here


Nazareth Family Spirituality Click Here
Catherine Doherty. Madonna House Publications. 2013.

Marriage: A Fountain of Grace Click Here
Rosalie McPhee-Douthwright. Madonna House Publications. 2002.

Mothering: Becoming the Heart of the Home Click Here
Rosalie McPhee-Douthwright. Madonna House Publications. 2000.

Fathering: Building the New Civilization of Love Click Here
Christopher de Vinck. Madonna House Publications. 2000.

Gall and Honey:The Story of a Newspaperman Click Here
Eddie Doherty. Madonna House Publications. 1989.

The Life of Catherine de Hueck Doherty Click Here
Mary Bazzett. Madonna House Publications. 1998.

The Life of Eddie Doherty Click Here
Mary Bazzet. Madonna House Publications. 1998.



Study Guide


The goal of Program Three is to introduce students to Cana Colony for families and Catherine Doherty's relationship with Edward Doherty.


1. Show the video "Program Three: Sacred Marriage"

2. Ask students to form small groups to discuss the following:

  • What is Cana Colony? Why is it called that name? Whom does it serve?
  • What do families do there? What do they learn there? Would you like to go with your family? Why or why not?
  • Why did Catherine Doherty begin Cana Colony? Who asked her to care for families and why?
  • Who was Eddie Doherty? How did he meet Catherine? Why did he and Catherine take a promise of chastity?

3. Option for Take-Home Assignment. Find out more about:

  • Cana Colony and other family retreat centers. How are they different and how the same?
  • Eddie Doherty's life.
  • The Church’s teaching on the sacrament of Matrimony.