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Celebrating 25 Years of Consecrated Service to the Holy Family!

  

Who are the Catholic Corps?

In the early years of The Apostolate for Family Consecration, Jerry & Gwen Coniker parents of 13, who founded this private association of Christ’s lay faithful in 1975, saw that the young apostolic volunteers who had come to help spread this message aspired to give their entire lives to bringing families deeper into their faith.  Thus, The Family Apostolate’s Catholic Corps developed and its membership continues to grow.  The Apostolate’s Catholic Corps are consecrated laymen and laywomen who devote their lives to serving the Church through the international work of the Apostolate for Family Consecration. 

Their work and prayers are offered for the healing and building up of family life, the transformation of neighborhoods into God-centered communities, and the public reign of the Holy Family through the parish church. By using the modern means of communication and the latest technology to spread God’s kingdom, the Catholic Corps are making healing possible for families around the world.  Locked into the vision and Eucharistic, Marian spirituality of Pope John Paul II, and through the various multi-media and catechetical programs The Family Apostolate has developed, Catholic Corps are helping families to learn their Catholic Faith. 

Catholic Corps place themselves at the service of the Holy Family, working in a variety of areas. The “apprentice system” employed allows new members to learn on the job, starting from the beginning, or building on previous experience and training. 

Being a member of the Catholic Corps means embracing a life of poverty, chastity and obedience in imitation of Jesus Christ, and sharing the joy of belonging to a community that is one heart and one mind.  Their entire lives are focused on Our Lord Jesus Christ.  No matter what they are doing—working, talking, playing, etc.—they try never to lose sight that they are in God’s presence.   

Dying to self is difficult but love makes it a joy.  Of course, the things which help them to “consider it all joy” are the desire to help families, support in community life, their prayer life, and in a special way, devotion to Jesus through Mary. 

Discernment blends prayer, listening, looking, and most importantly, trying. If you are between the ages of 18 and 35, and you are asking the question of “Lord, how can I serve YOU?” why not learn more about serving our Lord through a vocation in The Apostolate’s Catholic Corps?

The daily community prayer includes:

  • The Family Apostolate’s Daily Prayers

  • Eucharistic Adoration

  • Spiritual reading

  • Meditation on Sacred Scripture

  • The Holy Rosary

  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

  • The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Other aspects of the way of life include:

  • Annual 7-day silent retreat
  • Ongoing formation
  • Consecration to Jesus through Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort
  • Periods of recreation and occasional community outings

 

Apostolic work in various areas includes:
  • Graphic Arts and design: designing layouts for our catechism, prayer book, brochures and other literature
  • Processing incoming mail for evangelization videotapes, catechism and prayer books
  • Web site development and design
  • Training and organizing laity in the use of our evangelization and catechetical systems through retreats and conferences
  • Developing and writing computer programs in our data processing department
  • Producing, editing and scheduling television shows and video programs for our 24-hour Catholic Television Network “Familyland TV”
  • Missionary work in other countries such as Mexico and the Philippines
  • Hosting Holy Family Fests and Totus Tuus Conferences, including youth and children ministry programs
  • Maintaining our 900 acre center “Catholic Familyland”
  • Printing newsletters and other literature in our printing department
  • Secretarial and administrative work
  • Accounting
  • Housekeeping and culinary arts  

 

 
 
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