Prison and Outreach Ministries
The word "Cana" is taken from the biblical story of the Wedding Feast of Cana. The story provides the narrative for the Cana Communities' approach to delivering their mission - the idea that everyone's life deserves to be celebrated, and that miracles are possible. Cana Communities focuses on the right of every human being to receive forgiveness and the opportunity to share experiences through relationships that nurture dignity, hope, and a sense of belonging.
Cana Communities' choice is always for the person with the least options. At the heart of the Cana Community are those who are most in need, who are suffering from loneliness, mental illness, addictions, homelessness, and other factors which alienate them within society.
Cana Communities is mainly run by volunteers and solely relies on donations. Cana Communities is an independent charity that receives no government funding and is grateful for any support.
Peter Carroll [Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC)] was involved in this initiative.
EASTworks is a program that supports those with the least options, such as people leaving prison, refugees, people without homes, and those with mental illness, addiction or other factors that may marginalise them. EASTworks seeks to confront these socialisation issues.
EAST stands for:
- Transition to life in the community
Companioning those with the least options allows them to experience forgiveness, acceptance, and love, which can offer the best platform to recreate themselves.
Peter Carroll [Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC)] and Anne Jordon from the Cana Communities started this initiative and have been a significant help and support for many people.