What we support?
Ernescliff College is an independent student residence on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Ernescliff is open to students from all social, ethnic and religious backgrounds. It complements students’ university experience by broadening their education and helping them to become competent, generous and responsible men committed to contributing to the common good of society.
The College achieves these aims through its Scholars’ Program. This consists of professional development workshops, a speaker series featuring prominent leaders and intellectuals, and opportunities for community outreach both in the summer and throughout the academic year. The real key to the success of Ernescliff’s program is its one-on-one mentoring, where residents and others may receive an individual and personalized attention that helps them in their growth and development.
In addition to being a residence, Ernescliff also runs a activities for high school students that aim at character formation and growth in leadership qualities. Every Saturday the participants in Ernescliff’s High School Program take part in working sessions on these topics. They also receive classes on Church teaching and practical advice on how to live one’s Christian life. These are followed by team sports.
Ernescliff’s Big Picture Summer Program is designed to help young men develop leadership skills. Students who follow the program learn to see their high school years (their studies, athletic clubs, summer jobs, leisure time, etc.) as an opportunity to develop the personal attributes necessary for greater success throughout their lives.
Finally, Ernescliff also offers programs and opportunities for young professionals. These include meditations, retreats, and evenings of recollection preached by priests of Opus Dei, and classes on Christian Doctrine and its practical implementation in one’s life. There is also a speaker series aimed at providing advice on how to establish oneself and continue to find success in all aspects of one’s life. Many of the young professionals also become involved in opportunities for community outreach that Ernescliff has to offer.
For further information on each of these programs, please visit www.ernescliff.ca.
Lyncroft Hospitality Training Centre
- Lyncroft offers: Industry-competitive traineeship compensation (earn while you learn!);
- Extensive one-on-one professional training with an on-site mentor/coach;
- A stepping stone to a successful career in the hospitality industry;
- Work references for future employment with other service–oriented companies/organizations;
- Meals during the work shift;
- Central location accessible at the University of Toronto by TTC subways/buses;
The Art of Hospitality is a club for girls ages 13 to 17. The club offers a program of hospitality and cultural activities geared towards nurturing a spirit of service, doing one’s work well, and true friendship. Talks are given by the club coaches on virtues and character building, and the girls are encouraged to formulate goals for self-improvement. The Art of Hospitality is ‘an opening of horizons’ as club members develop confidence, deep values, and skills for life.
Ho.M.E. (Home Management Essentals) is a workshop series for women that offers professional, practical and personal management strategies designed to help make care of the family and the home more efficient and satisfying. Through education (theoretical and hands-on classes) and coaching, participants are given the opportunity to learn how to streamline the way they manage their household. We help our participants to reflect on their personal goals for their home and family, and aim to provide the tools needed to assist in achieving their goals. In this way, participants enhance their ability to create a home environment that works best for them and their families.
For further information on each of these programs, please visit http://www.lyncroft.ca.
Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri
The Holy See has communicated that Pope Francis – accepting the petition made by the Prelate of Opus Dei, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz – has decreed that Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri will be beatified in Madrid on Saturday 18 May 2019.
See link below for more information.
Help people grow in holiness by giving Wellspring the means to help them increase in virtue and transform their lives.
There are many stories of men and women who, through contact with the spirit of Opus Dei, have decided to pursue their faith seriously after many years of indifference. Men and women who renew their struggle to be better husbands, wives, fathers and mothers by attempting to live the virtues in a more heroic manner.
The benefit of your prayers and financial donations is immeasurable. Please join us as we strive in our efforts to spread the New Evangelization. Your contributions are not used to cover any administrative costs. All work is conducted by volunteers who donate their time.
We can’t change lives without you. We need your help. Please give today.
Wellspring Cultural Foundation is a Canadian registered charity. Our charitable registration number is 11929 0963 RR0001.
Benefits of making a gift:
- Receive a tax receipt for the appraised fair-market value determined on the day the gift is made.
- Claim charitable donations up to 75 per cent of your net income, plus claim 25 per cent of the taxable capital gain resulting from a gift of appreciated capital property.
- A five year carry forward on unused donation amounts is permitted.
Giving to Wellspring Cultural Foundation through a planned bequest will allow you to plan your gift now, but donate it at a later date. When creating a bequest to Wellspring, the designation can be made in general or directed to a specific undertaking or activity (i.e. a certain program or charitable endeavor that Wellspring supports). It is common to designate an amount as a portion of an estate’s value. This way, if your estate has changed in value from the time you create your Will, Wellspring will be given an amount corresponding to your estate’s change in value. While donating to Wellspring is the main motivation for many of our donors, the accompanying tax credit earned is an added benefit to the use of a bequest. Your estate qualifies for a tax credit that can be used in the year of death and the preceding tax year to offset earned income, which can be a powerful tax planning tool. You may claim up to 100% of your net income in your final tax return, or the year preceding. Take the case of a supporter of Wellspring who died on June 1, 2013 and named Wellspring in their will. The $170,000 donation produces a tax credit which is large enough to reduce his 2013 tax liability to nil, but there’s still some tax credit left over. The following chart shows how the benefit from the donation in the year they pass away can be carried back against previous year’s income. After tax, this donation of $170,000 costs $93,500 to the donor. Additionally, if there were a leftover amount after having carried back the total donation in the year of death (if, for example, the donated amount was $500,000 rather than $170,000, which would leave $300,000 of donations to be claimed) a surviving spouse of the donor may claim this or carry it forward indefinitely to be used against future income.
|2012||2013 (year of death)|
|Donation tax-credit limit (100% of income)||$150,000||$50,000|
|Carry-back of donation tax-credit||–||$120,000|
|Donation claimed on tax return||$120,000||$50,000|
|Donation tax-credit received||$54,000||$22,500|
Finally, a bequest is revocable and can be changed if your financial circumstances change.
When including Wellspring in your will, please contact us for sample wording.
Stocks & Securities
Registered accounts (RRSP, RRIF, LIRA, and TFSA)
Wellspring and other charitable organizations can be a named beneficiary on registered retirement plan documents. A tax receipt for the value of the investment gifted will be issued to the donor’s estate (this may be all or part of the assets in the plan) and applied towards the final income tax return. Benefits of making a gift of RRSPs or RRIFs:
- RRSPs/RRIFs gifts are a tax-effective means of supporting Wellspring. You have use of the retirement saving investment while you are alive. Your estate may claim gifts in the year of death equal to 100 per cent of your net income in that year and the preceding year.
- RRSPs/RRIFs become fully taxable as income in the year of death, usually at the highest marginal tax rate, unless any remaining funds in a RRSP/RRIF account can be rolled over to a surviving spouse or a dependent child.
RRSPs/RRIFs gifts are revocable and can be changed if your financial circumstances change.
Charitable Trusts/Charitable Giving Account
You can donate your personal property today, continue to make full use of it, and enjoy an immediate tax benefit.
Spiritual Direction and Confession
Spiritual direction has been a long-standing practice within the Catholic Church. The priests of Opus Dei make themselves available for this important means for growth in holiness.
To make an appointment with a priest, please contact Ernescliff College at 416-979-5949.
Cedarcrest retreats are available for either women or men, conducted by priests of Opus Dei. They provide the necessary opportunity to reflect on one’s everyday occupations, family life and relationships with others in light of the basic truths of the Catholic faith. Each full day of the retreat includes Holy Mass, several conferences or classes, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and recitation of the rosary. The priest conducting the retreat is available for confession. There is also opportunity for personal spiritual direction with a lay person or with the priest.
The schedule may be viewed at www.cedarcrestretreats.ca.
Periods of Recollection are conducted each month in a number of locations across southern Ontario. Their purpose is to provide time for reflection in light of our Catholic baptismal vocation, and help us to make our faith the guiding principle behind our daily conduct.
To view or download the recollection flyer go to 2019 Recollection Flyer.
Doctrine classes are offered by the faithful of Opus Dei to people of all ages, both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. They usually last 30-45 minutes and cover many points of the Catholic faith. At the end of each session, there is time for questions and answers.