The Cana team has an opportunity to work among some distant neighbors who could benefit from the kind of learning culture we develop. In late September I was invited to give a presentation to a board of reviewers of the Gila River Indian Community. My hosts were the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit, a recently formed order of priests and brothers who have responded to the call to minister to the Native Americans just south of Phoenix, Arizona. Their hope is to open a mission high school in two years, and they have turned to Cana Academy to help them get that done. I was on site to propose a vision for the curriculum, and the friars have accepted the proposal. Now, the Cana team is constructing the curriculum.
In July, Cana Academy president Andrew Zwerneman participated in the Regional Conference for the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. Cana Academy conducted our latest VISIONS seminar at Hubbard Hill Retirement Community and hosted clergy and staff from Saint Philip Catholic Church for our first Cana Table Seminar in our now fully furnished headquarters in Falls Church.
Billed as VISIONS: Inspirational People, Art & Music, the series engages senior participants in a lively kind of learning: Each month a Cana Academy presenter offers a brief, visual-based lecture and leads a seminar discussion on the topic at hand. The title of the inaugural VISIONS event was Marc Chagall: Émigré Artist who Loved America.