30 Jan Introducing the John Paul II Cultural Centre
The John Paul II Cultural Centre is an organization devoted to sharing the life and teachings of Pope St. John Paul II, in particular his Theology of the Body in hopes that people can come to a deeper understanding of themselves, discover their identity as a beloved child of God and develop a personal relationship with God in and through the programs that we offer.
Founded in 2014 the John Paul II Cultural Centre is located in Port Burwell, Ontario. We are 20 minutes away from the towns of Aylmer and Tillsonburg and are just minutes away from Lake Erie. The Centre is a 13 acre campground that includes a community centre, cabins, a swimming pool, volleyball courts and large playing ﬁelds.
Because the Centre is in a remote location we are able to offer visitors the peace and serenity needed to contemplate and think about who they are and what they want to do with their lives. With the fast-pace and demands of life in the modern world we can often feel a pressure to always be connected via phones, internet and social media. This can lead to a us feeling drained or spent. A retreat is essential at times like these so that we can, rest, recharge and refocus on those things which are most important to us. We all need to take time to rest every now and then. This is where the John Paul II Cultural Centre can help. We want to provide the programs and environment you need to help you relax and to grow as an individual so that you can be all that God created you to be.
The Centre is named after Pope St. John Paul II because throughout his life he encouraged people to incorporate God into their day-to-day lives through prayer and reﬂection. John Paul II was also an outdoorsman and enjoyed hiking, camping, canoeing, and skiing. Before becoming pope he would take small groups of young men or married and engaged couples for short trips into the wilderness where he would teach them about God’s plan for human life and encourage them to discover their identity in Christ.
Inspired by the example of John Paul II we are striving to make the John Paul II Cultural Centre a place of rest and relaxation where people can build relationships with each other, learn more about their faith and deepen their personal relationship with God.
We hope that you will come and visit us at the Centre and will consider participating in one of our many programs. We look forward to meeting you and helping you to have an enjoyable camping and retreat experience.