In the beginning the community gathered together in the basement of Emmaus House and eventually outgrew that space. It became more difficult for the whole community to gather together comfortably.

When Bethany House was built a suggestion to use steel beams rather than posts in the basement resulted in an open space, which many people recognized could be transformed into a place for the community to gather. The dream took hold and Cana was officially opened in July 2007.

The name ‘Cana’ comes from a story in the Gospel of St. John. Cana was the town to which Jesus and his disciples travelled in order to celebrate a family wedding – a celebration of life with which we are all familiar. It was here, John tells us, that Jesus turned water into wine and we who count on his presence among us when we gather know the truth of that story – that Jesus continues to transform the ordinary things in our lives into the extraordinary.

We gather at Cana for weekly prayer night, monthly community dinners, holiday celebrations as well spontaneous parties. This is the space used for meetings of our many community groups – it is also space for assistants to find quiet from their busy homes when they are on time away.

We are grateful for this multi-use space and we are grateful to all our community’s friends who have contributed to finishing and furnishing it for us.

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