The Apostolate for Family Consecration
Consecrating families to the Holy Family
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November 2013

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A blessed month of the Holy Souls to you and your family! 

November is a month of thanksgiving. I encourage you to share with your families and others whatever makes you thankful. It's a joy to hear another’s blessings, expressed through their gratitude. I once read that gratitude is creative and that people bound together by gratitude are always discovering and awakening abundant sources of strength. The more thankful a person, the greater his or her interior riches. With this in mind, may we “offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips which acknowledge his name” (Hebrews 11:15). Our thanksgiving to God consoles the heart of the Holy Trinity and unleashes the fire of Mercy upon humanity. As Christ said, “I have come to bring fire to the earth and how I wish it were already ablaze!” Luke 12:49. 

This month, we as an AFC Family want to thank our founder, who celebrated 75 years of

life on November 2. Happy Birthday Papa C! We offer our heartfelt prayers of thanksgiving to God for the gift of his laying down his life to begin this beautiful mission in the Church. 

As the AFC continues to fulfill its mission, we share with you some news of our AFC Family, those valuable and appreciated contributors to this mission. Whether they have been a part of the AFC’s foundation, or are coming on board during these transitional years, all take part in God’s work in a unique way, 

and for this we give thanks. We know that God brings about and/or permits all changes in our lives for His greater honor and glory, and we are confident in God’s love and His guiding hand in the AFC. We thank Him for each of the gifts He has given to us, the gift of each and every person He has led to serve Him in this mission and in other works in the Church. 

Rachel Christensen joins the AFC team as the new Events Manager

Rachel began attending AFC events with her family at a very young age. Her parents, Randy and Diane Christensen, are Disciple Life Members along with her uncle and aunt, Jim and Carol Wathen. Rachel eventually served as a member of the Alumni Corps during the 2012 Holy Family Fest season and returned last summer as the Alumni Corps & Youth Program Coordinator. She has now rejoined the team as the Events Manager for AFC events. Rachel says: "I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of an organization that has meant so much to me and my family. Thank you in advance for all of your prayers and support, and may God bless you and your families!" 

Dr. Ian Murphy will come aboard in December

We are happy and blessed to welcome to the AFC Staff family a face familiar to all of you who have attended a Holy Family Fest in recent years, Ian Murphy! Ian brings with him an impressive resume which includes a Masters in Theology from The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Doctorate in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University, as well as extensive teaching experience at the University level. We are excited about the enthusiasm and expertise Ian brings with him and look forward to all the ways the Holy Spirit will work through him in this family apostolate.

Leonard O’Nan: AFC’s new Managing Director for accounting

Leonard and his family first attended a Holy Family Fest in 2009. They then made their consecration and later decided to become Disciple Members of the AFC. Leonard writes, “For several years I have felt a strong desire to work for the Catholic Church and have been praying about this. I have worked in accounting for 18 years and earned my status as a CPA during that time. When I received the offer to work for the AFC, I knew it was the answer to my prayers. It is truly a blessing to be a part of this most important Apostolate.” 

Please pray for Leonard, his wife Barbara, and three sons, Brandon, Aaron, and Ethan as they undertake the transition to Ohio.

A note from Jim and Kay Kocisko on their new direction

Peace to all of you! Kay and I are grateful for the opportunity to share with you an update in this month’s newsletter. Back in 1992, as a young family, after being very much transformed by the ministry of the Apostolate, we saw it as God’s Will for us to move to Bloomingdale, to be totally immersed in assisting the AFC in helping souls through its work and mission. By the grace of God, we were able to do so mostly because of the sacrificial generosity of so many of you – we are so grateful to God and all of you for your prayers and support over the past 22 years! You truly are our family!

It’s amazing how much the AFC has grown in the last two decades! It has been a true blessing to travel the road to holiness together with so 
many of you wonderful families! We also have had the gift of seeing our son Bob experiencing and discerning the Catholic Corps vocation from 2004 – 2012 and seeing him grow in his faith alongside the Catholic Corps Men’s and Women’s communities. 

Speaking of Bob, he is living in Virginia now and has a great job working as a computer consultant. He has been very involved with various parish-based young adult groups and also has been assisting in high-school youth ministry. We visited him in September

for a week and met quite a few of his friends and co-workers - truly wonderful people – praise God!

Not so long ago, Kay and I were thinking about how we envisioned life in our 50’s as kind of coasting and predictable. Well it has been quite the opposite. God is truly full of surprises. Through various circumstances over the past year or so, there has been a restlessness in our hearts. We wondered whether it was just the suffering God wanted us to bear or if perhaps He wanted something else from us. 

We were blessed to have been granted a two month sabbatical to discern His Will. Through prayer, discernment, searching, dialog, rest and a retreat, we have discerned that it is now God’s Will for us to step back from employment with the AFC. We maintain our Disciple Life Member commitment to the spirituality - and way of life - of family consecration. 

After almost a quarter century of being away from secular-based work, it seems like God wants us to go back into the world joining all of you in the challenge of “being in the world but not of the world”. We plan to continue living in Bloomingdale, since this has become home for us. Kay has just begun working at a company that is more like a ministry in that she is working one-on-one with people with special needs. She truly has a gift for this, and she so loves working with people. During this transition, I currently am employed part-time with the AFC to complete some critical projects, while I concurrently am working on forming a company to do manufacturing-automation consulting/machine building. 

Our hearts remain connected to all of you! Be assured of our prayers for you, your families, and all of your intentions. We know how crucial family consecration is to helping families today and trust that God will guide the Apostolate to fulfill all His wonderful plans in the future! 

May His Holy Will be done, now and forever! Love, Jim and Kay Kocisko 

Since Jim and Kay wrote this message, their son, Bob, has suffered from 
severe head pain and serious, seizure-like activity that left him unconscious for several days. Bob is now on the path to recovery. We thank all of you who have been praying and ask for your continued prayers for the whole family and that Bob will be restored to good health. 

On behalf of the entire AFC Family, I extend heartfelt gratitude to Jim and Kay for their many years of dedication, sacrifice and extremely valuable contributions to the AFC’s mission, through all they have given

of their time, treasure and talent while serving at the headquarters in Bloomingdale, OH. We will always remain grateful for the good works Our Lord accomplished through them. They have our full support as they move into this new phase in their lives. We’re grateful to be walking this earthly path with such loving, faithful Members of the AFC.

Catherine Labish, Second Degree Member of the AFC’s Catholic 
Corps, writes on the conclusion of her discernment
As some of you may know, I have been actively discerning over the past several months whether or not I was being called by God to make a Life Commitment in the Catholic Corps. As I have reached the end of my discernment, I have come to the decision not to proceed with this commitment. This has not been an easy decision to make at all. I love the AFC and all of you, but it seems that God has plans for me elsewhere in His Church, since He did not give me the clarity to proceed with my commitment here. I don’t know where He is leading me, but I trust that He will make it clear as I discern further.

I fully support the leadership of the AFC and am grateful for all that 

they have done throughout the transition and for the good work that they continue to do. I have much hope for the future of the organization. The good I see happening made the decision to leave all the more difficult. Yet I have to be faithful to what I perceive in my heart that God is calling me to do.

This is not easy for any of us, as 13 years is a long time to be with people and then say goodbye. But we know that this separation is temporary and that we will have eternity to spend together! Be assured of my prayers for all of you. And I appreciate any that you could offer for me.

Our hearts are full of love and gratitude for Cate. We have all been blessed in having had the opportunity to serve alongside her in this mission of the AFC. We will most certainly miss her as a Member of the AFC. It has been a beautiful journey of discernment that Cate has gone through, which has lead her to this decision; one that was very painful and difficult for her to make. God works in mysterious ways, but His ways are always best. While it will be hard to say goodbye to a dear sister in Christ who we've come to know and love, we trust in the ways of the Lord and know that, even though we may be separated from directly serving together, we'll be working towards the same mission: holiness and building up God's Kingdom! We have offered our assurance to Cate that the door is always open, if she should feel the Lord calling her back.

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.Thank you again for your prayers & support!

On behalf of the staff here at Catholic Familyland and United in the Holy Family,

Alan Zimmerer, President 


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