The Families of Cana began when the Power Family felt the call of God to share with other families their particular style of living as a Domestic Church.
Niall, born on 24 December 1970, is Irish, native of Waterford, and seventh in a family of ten brothers and sisters. Educated in the Catholic faith, Niall was a member of the scouts and always participated in the life of his parish with his family. During his youth he had the grace to travel to Taizé and during his courtship with Teresa participated in a Convívio Fraterno (a retreat organised by the Convívio Fraterno youth movement in Portugal).
Teresa, born in Lisbon, Portugal, on 3 June 1972, the eldest of three sisters, was brought up and lived in Castelo Branco. From a very early age she participated with her family in the activities of her parish. In her youth she joined the Convívio Fraterno youth movement, participated in numerous meetings of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and made pilgrimages to Taizé, Lourdes and Mejugorje.
Niall and Teresa met in Germany in 1992 during their university studies while participating in the Erasmus student exchange project. From the beginning they were united by the catholic faith and by their great love of Our Lady, to Whom they consecrated themselves on the day of their wedding in Fátima on 27 July 1996.
At the beginning of their married life, they lived in Aveiro, and a few years later, in Gafanha da Encarnação. In 2007 they moved to Mogofores, Anadia, where they now live closeby the Our Lady Help of Christians national santuary, the place where the Families of Cana movement took root. Both work in full-time profissions, Niall at the University of Aveiro, Teresa as an English teacher in Anadia. Open to life and love, they were blessed with eight children, one of whom left for heaven when he was only one and a half years old. They are Frankie, Clare, Tommy (who died), David, Lúcia, Anthony, Sara and finally Daniel, who was born when the Families of Cana movement was already in place.
Over the years of family life, the Powers developed a spirituality which, on September 14, 2013, the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, they formally proposed to other families for the first time. Since then, the family’s mission, which involves the parents and all their children, has been brining the joy of the Wedding at Cana to as many families as possible, according to the Word of the Gospel
Therefore, go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding. (Mt 22, 9)
Through a blog called Uma Família Católica (a Catholic Family), the Power Family shared, over a period of two and a half years, their experience of the Word of God in their daily lives and told many family stories. Listening to interviews with the Power Family is also a great way to get to know the Families fo Cana movement. The Power Family can be contacted directly through the main e-mail of this website: firstname.lastname@example.org