Join the Mission

to Support Families in Faith
You don’t have to go to a third-world country to be a missionary. Men and women, adults and children everywhere are hungry for God’s love. That’s why nearly 500 families come to Catholic Familyland® each summer to encounter Jesus, grow in faith, and be renewed in life. We also give parents tools that can help them create God-centered experiences for their children at home, all year long. It’s a mission that is changing lives!

Will you join us?

As an Alumni Corps missionary, dedicate your summer—or an entire year—to this mission of supporting families as they grow in faith and holiness. You can expect an intense prayer life, spiritual and personal formation, long days and late nights, a vibrant community, and some hard work as you help lead families to an encounter with Jesus Christ.

Two Ways to Serve

What's Right For You?

Summer Alumni Corps

Late May–August commitment

(About 3 months)

Apply

Applications are due by January 31.

Year Round Alumni Corps

Fall–Summer commitment

(About 9 months)

Apply

Applications are accepted at any time.

Former Missionaries

Have Been Impacted
“I learned how to love and serve others where they were at, just as Jesus so graciously meets us where we are at.”
Gabrielle
“Entering my first summer of volunteer work…I lacked the confidence and willingness to really get out of my comfort zone to minister and evangelize to others, which is a major part of our Catholic Faith. Through that first summer of service, I grew so much. I pushed myself to places I didn’t think I could go previously. By the end of my [three] years of service at the AFC, I had been transformed into a leader.”David
“As members of the Alumni Corps, we both experienced a deep level of personal and spiritual growth through the service and formation that the program offered. It has definitely been one of the primary influences on our faith and how we strive to live it each day.”Kevin & Nicholle

A Firm Foundation:

Pillars of the Alumni Corps Program

Relationship

with Christ
Your time as a missionary is an opportunity to intentionally work on your relationship with God, through daily prayer and frequent reception of the sacraments. It can be a powerful time of spiritual growth.

• Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
• Eucharistic Holy Hour
• Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
• Sacrament of Confession

Missionary

Spirit
After experiencing God’s amazing love for you—through prayer and the sacraments—you can go forth and boldly share His love with every person you meet. Growing in this joyful missionary spirit is a goal for every Alumni Corps missionary!

Service

to Families
Join a team that is working to support families on their journey to Heaven. During events you will be ministering directly to families, but at other times your work will be behind the scenes. Either way, you’ll be part of a mission that is changing lives!

Authentic

Catholic Community
Sharing prayer, meals, formation, recreation, and ministry with 30–50 other Alumni Corps missionaries provides support in your journey of faith and promotes the growth of authentic friendships.

Formation

in the Truths of the Faith

Weekly spiritual formation deepens your knowledge of the Catholic Faith and nourishes your relationship with Jesus. The formation you receive is meant to support you in your entire Christian journey, not just your time as a missionary.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

1 Timothy 4:12

Seven Qualities

of a Missionary
  • Servanthood

    A servant is humble, like Christ, and ready to serve the needs of others.

  • Teachability

    A teachable person values authority, is open to new thoughts and ideas, and sees the influence that other people and experiences have on personal growth.

  • Professionalism

    A professional communicates in an effective and timely manner, dresses appropriately for the task at hand, is punctual and productive, and is conscious of how they treat others.

  • Team Player

    A team player is willing to work with others to get things done. A team player is flexible and willing to compromise, but above all, sees the gifts that others bring to a project.

  • Leadership

    A leader is not focused on self-advancement, but rather on the good of all. A leader is humble, self-motivated, encouraging, sacrificial, and attentive to the little things.

  • Dependability

    A dependable person is hardworking, trustworthy, obedient, selfless, and unafraid of failure. A dependable person is committed to the common mission and responsible in completing their tasks.

  • Zeal for Souls

    A Christian who is zealous for souls possesses a burning desire to share the love of Christ with others.

Practical Information

Alumni Corps

You can apply online by clicking one of the links below.

Summer Alumni Corps Application

Year Round Alumni Corps Application

It will take about an hour to fill out your application.

Besides your name and contact information, there are a variety of short answer questions on the application. You might want to take some time to think about these questions before answering.

You’ll want to have the following ready when you apply:

  • Recent picture of yourself (head and shoulders)
  • Resume
  • Names and contact info for 3 references

If you can’t complete your application right away, you can save it for later. To access your application later, you will need to copy and paste the link that appears after you click save.

We provide all of your living needs, including room, food, some social outings, staff T-shirts and sweatshirts, and personal needs. You may be asked to fundraise to help cover these expenses, however you are not required to reach a certain amount.

Alumni Corps missionaries live, work, and minister at Catholic Familyland®—a place set apart for families—in Bloomingdale, OH.

Catholic Familyland is located about 20 minutes from Franciscan University of Steubenville and only 45 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport.

Our rooms are dorm-style, which means that you can expect to share with at least one other Alumni Corps missionary of the same gender. You can also expect to share a common bathroom with other missionaries who live in your hallway.

Men and women will have bedrooms in separate buildings, but all missionaries will have access to common spaces for meals, movies, and social time.

Help Us Lead Families

to an Encounter with Jesus.

Summer Alumni Corps

Late May–August commitment

(About 3 months)

Apply

Applications are due by January 31.

Year Round Alumni Corps

Fall–Summer commitment

(About 9 months)

Apply

Applications are accepted at any time.