Develop and Grow:
Family, Work, Study, Spiritual, Social
Founded in 1981, Wellspring Cultural Foundation supports and promotes the development of people by sponsoring activities that teach and equip them to grow in virtue through their studies, work, family life, spiritual life, and social undertakings. The activities that we sponsor are inspired by the message of the Opus Dei Prelature. Keep exploring to learn more about us.
What We Do
Our primary activities are
About Opus Dei
Wellspring supports the spiritual activities of the Prelature of Opus Dei in the Toronto area.
What is Opus Dei?
Opus Dei is part of the Catholic Church. The name is Latin for “Work of God”. Opus Dei’s mission is to spread the Christian message that every person is called to holiness and that every honest work can be sanctified.
We support the following spiritual activities, helping people grow in holiness and virtue.
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.
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 considering the basic truths of the Catholic faith. Each full day of the retreat includes Holy Mass, several conferences or classes, 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.
Periods of Recollection are conducted each month in several locations across southern Ontario. Their purpose is to provide time for reflection considering our Catholic baptismal vocation and help us to make our faith the guiding principle behind our daily conduct.
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.
A student residence for men located on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. Ernescliff combines a family spirit with an atmosphere of serious study. It is a place where young men can aspire to become virtuous leaders, prepare themselves to serve others and shape society through their profession. Most importantly, its family atmosphere has helped turn Ernescliff into a place that these young men can call home.
Ernescliff College was inaugurated in 1994. Since then, it has assisted the formation of many high school and university students, as well as other young men, who frequent its activities.
Lyncroft Hospitality Training Centre
Lyncroft provides the hospitality services for Ernescliff College. Lyncroft’s range of professional services include meals, laundry, and housekeeping.
Lyncroft provides the opportunities to develop skills, share ideas related to homemaking, and is committed to equip those that participate in their hospitality training activities with skills that are valued at home and in the hospitality industry, as well as a sense of professionalism necessary in any work place.
The Latest from Wellspring Cultural Foundation
This summer Ernescliff College will carry out its regular summer activities for high school students. There will be two Big Picture Seminars (BPS), one in Montreal from July 5-11 and another in Quebec City from July 19-25. The Big Picture Seminar helps students entering Grade 9 to acquire a broad
For almost two generations, Wellspring Cultural Foundation has contributed to the character formation and sanctification of thousands of young men. As it turns 40, Wellspring is hoping to do even more good… with your help. The foundation wants to eliminate the debt on the current Ernescliff College and pave the
Sometimes the greatest gifts are the ones we don’t expect, like a surprise visit from a friend or an unexpected letter in the mail. And sometimes those surprise gifts are, well, much bigger: like Ernescliff College! Although you might not know it, the now decades-old residence was just that kind
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Our Commitment to Safety
Wellspring Cultural Foundation is committed to providing a safe environment for all participants in our activities and programs.
If you are aware of any abusive behavior, please report it immediately to our safety officer. In conjunction with the Board, he will promptly investigate and resolve any such complaints or reports.