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

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Blessed and Beautiful

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 beauty and blessings as a cherished daughter of God. The seminar is a wonderful opportunity for women of all ages and stages to come together, share ideas, build friendships, and develop practical tools for embracing their mission in the world.

We are thrilled to welcome guest speaker Danielle Bean, creator and host of "Girlfriends," a podcast for Catholic Women. Danielle, an accomplished author and advocate for Catholic women, will deliver two powerful talks - "Blessed & Beautiful" and "Equipped to Shine." Her insights, drawn from her experiences in marriage and motherhood, promise to inspire, uplift, and provide practical wisdom.

Event Highlights:

  • Q&A Session with Danielle Bean
  • Door Prizes and Quality Resources
  • Holy Mass and Confessions available
  • Chapel for Silent Reflection and Prayer

Don't miss this opportunity to discover your inherent beauty, celebrate your blessings, and connect with a community of supportive and inspiring women. Join us for a day that promises growth, friendship, and a deeper understanding of your unique role in the world.


Take advantage of our early bird registration:

Early bird pricing is effective until March 20th at $45/individual ($30/student).  Regular pricing after March 20th is $55/individual ($40/student).

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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is creator and host of Girlfriends, a podcast that supports and encourages Catholic women from all walks of life. She is author of ten books, including You Are Enough, and Giving thanks and Letting Go, and Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday. Danielle has a special heart for families and she encourages them to find humor in daily challenges and the joy God intends for every one of us. It is in her primary vocation to marriage and motherhood that Danielle finds the inspiration for all of her work. Learn more at


9:00 am

- Registration

9:30 am

- Holy Mass

10:30 am

- Refreshments

11:15 am

- Talk 1 "Blessed and Beautiful" - Danielle Bean

12:15 pm

- Lunch

1:30 pm

- FFI Presentation

1:45 pm

- Talk 2 "Equipped to Shine" - Danielle Bean

2:45 pm

- Q&A with Danielle Bean

3:30 pm

- Closing remarks, refreshments and social

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 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.