Strengthening families in faith and relationships.

Our vision is to equip families to discover and fulfill their God-given potential, to be a community of life and love.

About Us

Family Foundations Institute is a Registered Canadian Charity working to strengthen families. We started out small in London and Stratford as three families, meeting at their homes on a regular basis for family rosary, snack, and a time of catechesis. We now run a number of formation initiatives for men, women, boys, girls, teens, and young adults.

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Upcoming Events

Check out our featured upcoming events for an opportunity to #ActivateDomesticChurch

Men

Annual Men's Retreat

Sat, Mar 16, 2024 at

8:30 am

to Sun, Mar 17, 2024 at

1:00 pm

John Paul II Family Centre, 6679 Woodworth Rd, Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0, CA

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This Lent, step away from the confusion and noise of the world and enter into the peace and quiet of a spiritual retreat. The natural setting of the John Paul

Women

Annual Women's Seminar

Sat, Mar 23, 2024 at

9:00 am

to Sat, Mar 23, 2024 at

3:30 pm

Saint André Bessette Catholic Secondary School, 2727 Tokala Trl, London, Ontario N6G 5B4, CA

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Join us for a day of inspiration, connection, and empowerment at the Annual Women's Seminar. "Blessed & Beautiful" celebrates the essence of womanhood, encouraging every woman to recognize her unique

Marriage

Mission: Possible

Fri, Apr 5, 2024 at

5:30 pm

to Fri, Apr 5, 2024 at

11:59 pm

Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3J3, CA

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Please join us as we host our 1st Fundraising Gala, Dinner, and Auction to benefit our programming for 2024. Be a part of building possibilities for families now and in

Men

25th Anniversary

Fri, Jul 5, 2024 at

5:30 pm

to Sat, Jul 6, 2024 at

2:00 pm

John Paul II Family Centre, 6679 Woodworth Rd, Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0, CA

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Join us for a nostalgic celebration as we mark the 25th anniversary of Knight's Quest with a special reunion dedicated to our valued counsellor alumni and volunteer dads. Reminisce, reconnect,

Kids

Summer Camping Program

Sun, Jul 7, 2024 at

3:00 pm

to Fri, Jul 12, 2024 at

1:00 pm

John Paul II Family Centre, 6679 Woodworth Rd, Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0, CA

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Camp is full, please contact info@famfi.ca to be added to the waiting list. Operating since 1999, Knight’s Quest was started by a group of fathers wanting to give their sons

Family

Summer Camping Program

Sun, Jul 14, 2024 at

3:00 pm

to Fri, Jul 19, 2024 at

1:00 pm

John Paul II Family Centre, 6679 Woodworth Rd, Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0, CA

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Family Camp is a wonderful opportunity for families to share vacation time; being active or hanging out together in an enriching atmosphere of outdoor rest and recreation. Each family enjoys

Family

Summer Camping Program

Sun, Aug 4, 2024 at

3:00 pm

to Fri, Aug 9, 2024 at

1:00 pm

John Paul II Family Centre, 6679 Woodworth Rd, Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0, CA

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Family Camp is a wonderful opportunity for families to share vacation time; being active or hanging out together in an enriching atmosphere of outdoor rest and recreation. Each family enjoys

Family

Summer Camping Program

Sun, Aug 11, 2024 at

3:00 pm

to Fri, Aug 16, 2024 at

1:00 pm

John Paul II Family Centre, 6679 Woodworth Rd, Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0, CA

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Family Camp is a wonderful opportunity for families to share vacation time; being active or hanging out together in an enriching atmosphere of outdoor rest and recreation. Each family enjoys

Kids

Summer Camping Program

Sun, Aug 18, 2024 at

3:00 pm

to Fri, Aug 23, 2024 at

1:00 pm

John Paul II Family Centre, 6679 Woodworth Rd, Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0, CA

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Camp is full, please contact info@famfi.ca to be added to the waiting list. Anchor Camp for Girls (ages 9-14) is an exciting camp experience packed with outdoor activities, arts &

Our Team

Brian Simpson

Executive Director

Sarah Simpson

Office Coordinator

Adam Helmers

Communications Coordinator
Paul Trombley

Paul Trombley

Family Catechism Coordinator
Anne Marie Posella

Anne Marie Posella

Mental Wellness Outreach Coordinator

Daryl Longworth

2:12 Men's Ministry

Frequently Asked Questions

FFI is overseen by a Board of Directors. The Executive Director is charged with implementing the organization’s Board-approved initiatives within the annual Board-approved budget. The Executive Director, along with 3 part time staff (2 admin, 1 youth coordinator), coordinate many lay volunteers who implement FFI activities and initiatives. Each event has designated lay coordinators to assist in executing these events.

FFI is guided by Principle #1 and is constantly checking and referencing materials used seeking to ensure there is a Nihil Obstat (i.e., certification by an official censor appointed by a bishop that a book is not objectionable on doctrinal or moral grounds), and by seeking guidance from appropriate individuals (including individuals of the Diocese of London) who are in good standing with their dioceses.

The main curriculum used for Family Catechism is the “Faith and Life” series. Family Catechism and Pure Life Gatherings also rely heavily on Formed.org for teaching materials. For speakers brought in for FFI Events, FFI follows the appropriate vetting process of the Diocese of London.

No, FFI is not a formally approved Secular Institute or Association nor does it seek to be. FFI is a registered charity and is simply a lay endeavor initiated by the personal initiative of individuals.

Yes, FFI helps the Church and parishes by encouraging lay members of the Church.

FFI supplements faith formation received at the parishes and aims to ignite a desire for participants to be more involved in their parishes and the Church. A multitude of experiences and evaluations show that participants have been reinvigorated in practicing their faith, to becoming more involved in their parish and have returned to their Church.

Many of the parents and youth from Family Catechism are the people who are the pro-claimers, altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, teachers of parish sacramental formation, marriage prep, finance members, etc. because they attend their parish with their families, because they have authentic formation, and because they want to serve.

For example, over the years there have been teachers from 28 parishes in the London and surrounding area who have had a part in delivering the London Family Catechism. Repeatedly teachers have remarked that they are much better formed and strengthened in their faith because of their involvement in the catechism program; further, they are confident and enthused about further participating in Parish life.

There have also been individual initiatives that FFI has incubated or supported that benefit parishes. (For example, Sarnia Marriage Conference or Men of Faith Listowel)

Yes, FFI has a Vulnerable Sector Policy entitled “Made in God’s Image” – you can read the policy here.