Give Your Life Totally to God

For Families

Is Jesus calling you to leave all behind and follow Him? The Catholic Corps could be for you - it's a Catholic lay missionary vocation. If you feel drawn to dedicate your life totally to God through prayer and mission, we invite you to take a closer look at the Catholic Corps vocation.

The Catholic Corps are men and women who have consecrated their entire lives to God—through private vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience—and to the AFC’s mission of supporting families in the Faith. It is a life of purpose, joy, sacrifice, and love for God and families. Maybe God is calling you to join us in this Catholic lay missionary vocation.

Or contact us to speak with someone

about the Catholic Corps!

Or call us at:  1-800-773-2645

What Our Life Is Like

Catholic Corps

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Prayer & Sacramental Life
Our life is centered on the Eucharist, the Holy Family, and fidelity to the Church and her Magisterium. Daily life includes Mass, communal Rosary and morning prayer from Liturgy of the Hours, a personal Eucharistic holy hour, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and a night visit to the Eucharist. Other spiritual practices include: regular confession, formation, day of recollection, and annual silent retreat.

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Mission for Families
We believe families are important. As a membership branch of the AFC, we support this ministry to families through our prayers and various roles of service.

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Community Environment

We live together in homes, like families do. Committed to the continual growth in holiness of each member, we support, encourage, and care for one another in a life of shared prayer, mission, formation, recreation, meals, gatherings, and retreats.

Learn more about our mission.

Seeking Holiness

through the AFC’s Charism & Spirituality

Our Unique Charism

A • F • C

Apostolate:

As a spiritual family, we work together...

for Family:

...to support families in the Catholic Faith...

Consecration:

...so that, with the help of the Holy Family, each person can fully live their baptismal consecration and achieve the holiness God desires.

This charism shapes our entire ministry and is expressed through our spirituality.

Our Balanced Spirituality

Consecration

Holiness leads to happiness, the true happiness for which we were created: union with God. As AFC Catholic Corps Members, we seek to grow in holiness by living a spirituality of Family Consecration.

Family Consecration is a deliberate choice to live our baptismal promises by entrusting our families to the Holy Family. In this way, we strive to follow Jesus Christ more fully with the help and protection of Mary and St. Joseph.

The Seven Keys for God-Centered Family Living guide us on this journey to eternal happiness with God in Heaven: prayer life, sacramental life, learning the Faith, living the virtues, serving others, sharing the Faith, sanctifying daily duties.

As part of the AFC spiritual family, we are spiritually united with Disciple Members around the world, who are living this balanced spirituality in the middle of daily family life. This is the beauty of our Catholic family missionary vocation.

Meet the Catholic Corps

Men's & Women's Communities

The Catholic Corps community is our spiritual family where we experience the warmth of a home and a family spirit. It is characterized by joy, mutual trust, respect and a sense of belonging.

We support, encourage, and care for one another in a life of shared prayer, mission, formation, recreation, meals, gatherings, and retreats. Perhaps God is calling you to walk with us in this Catholic lay missionary vocation.

Catholic Corps Women


The Catholic Corps women's family missionary community at Catholic Familyland
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Jomel Brondial

Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Life Commitment: 2001
Feast Day: Jan. 7, Feast of the Epiphany

I felt attracted to the AFC’s Catholic Corps vocation because of its prayer life which is Eucharistic and Marian, and its mission of evangelizing families in the truths of the Catholic Faith. I compose songs, sing, and play the keyboard/piano, and I've released a CD entitled, "Songs for the Holy Family for Families". I write poetry, and I've published a book entitled, "Expressions of the Soul: Poetry of Love for Jesus". I enjoy cooking & baking, and reading spiritual books.

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Tricia Hauber

Hometown: Kennewick, WA
Life Commitment: 1994
Feast Day: Dec. 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

One of my favorite memories while serving in the Catholic Corps is raising an orphan lamb during my missionary tenure in Mexico.

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Lucy Lu Mai

Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar
Life Commitment: 2014
Feast Day: Feb. 11, Our Lady of Lourdes

I eat fiery hot peppers as candy.

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Renee Scheu

Hometown: Ballwin, MO
Life Commitment: 2013
Feast Day: Sept. 8, Feast of the Birth of the Virgin Mary

I grew up in the AFC. I was only 10 years old when I came here! I was in the Service Corps in the year 2000. I found my vocation to the Catholic Corps while serving in the Service Corps.

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Mary Sue

Hometown: Muncie, IN
Life Commitment: 2000
Feast Day: Dec. 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

What drew me to the Catholic Corps vocation was the prayer life, living in community with people who shared my faith and doing worthwhile work for the Lord that helps heal and strengthen families. I enjoy reading, watching nature and playing games. A fun fact is that I can walk on stilts.

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Carolyn Stegmann

Hometown: House Springs, MO
Life Commitment: 1993
Feast Day: March 25, Feast of the Annunciation

I enjoy growing vegetables and herbs and watching YouTube videos on howto. I like to learn how to draw and I find it relaxing to color. I find inspiration in reading about the lives of the saints and watching movies about events in the Bible.

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Anna Thompson

Hometown: Sullivan, IN
Life Commitment: 2009
Feast Day: Nov. 9, Presentation of Mary

My favorite part about being in the Catholic Corps is being in communion with others in prayer, recreation and mission all for the spiritual building up of family life and the salvation of souls.

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Catherine Wall

Hometown: Molalla, OR
Life Commitment: 2000
Feast Day: Sept. 8, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I like pigs, organic vegetables, and running.

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Elsie Yator

Hometown: Agusan del Sur, Philippines
Life Commitment: 2006

I enjoy performing impromptu monologues without props, which go from very serious to very funny to oceans of tears in minutes. I enjoy taking care of vegetable and flower gardens. I find it relaxing and therapeutic. I like to sing and play ukulele, keyboard and piano.

Catholic Corps Men


The Catholic Corps men's family missionary community on vacation together
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Greg Becker

Hometown: Lynbrook, NY
Life Commitment: 2002
Feast Day: Sept. 14, Triumph of the Cross

At 5'-4" I'm the tallest member of my 9 person family.

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Tim Boudreaux

Hometown: Thibodaux, LA
Life Commitment: 1994
Feast Day: June 29, Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul

In the many years of serving in the AFC my best memories are those of meeting individuals and families, and experiencing with them a grace of unity and friendship. I also enjoy travel, painting and drawing and am at wonder at how Consecration transforms the creative visual language. In my youth I also enjoyed raising all kinds of birds along with beef cattle and horses.

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Greg Caspers

Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Life Commitment: 1993
Feast Day: March 25, Solemnity of the Annunciation

I had no prior training in printing or mechanics but spent many years in the AFC print shop as well as repairing various AFC equipment.

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Tim Croes

Hometown: New Richmond, WI
Life Commitment: 1993
Feast Day: March 25, Solemnity of the Annunciation

My favorite memory in the AFC is the whole “Marian Year Campaign” to get our nation re-consecrated by our Bishops to the Immaculate Conception, our National Patroness. Let us continue to call upon these graces which are needed more than ever today, calling us all to deeper repentance and conversion so we can be light and leaven to bring about the civilization of love and life!

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Rory Freiermuth

Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Life Commitment: 2000
Feast Day: Dec. 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

I can identify over 50 species of freshwater fish--but more importantly, I am a fisher of men.

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Anthony Giammarino

Hometown: Deer Park, NY
Life Commitment: 2004
Feast Day: June 13, Corpus Christi Sunday & St. Anthony of Padua

I like to bowl. My highest 3 game series was a 604.; When I was with the Capuchin Franciscans, my bedroom was the former study of Bl. Solanus Casey.

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Roch Gillmore

Hometown: Warner Robins, GA
Life Commitment: 2021
Feast Day: March 19, Solemnity of St. Joseph

I love spending time with Christ in Eucharistic Adoration, having fun with my brothers in community. I also enjoy woodworking.

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Jack Heemskerk

Hometown: Whittier, CA
Life Commitment: 2000
Feast Day: Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Being a Catholic Corps gives me the opportunity to grow more and more everyday into the reality of a beloved son of the Father which is mind-blowing awesome!
"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you." John 15:16

Discernment Process

Catholic Corps Vocation
If you think God might be calling you to the Catholic Corps, or if you’d like to learn more about our way of life, here’s what you can do next.
  • Contact us.

    Click the button below and fill out the form. One of our community coordinators will get in touch with you by email or phone. During our conversation, we’ll ask you to tell us about yourself and your discernment so far. We’ll also answer any questions you might have.

  • Come for a weekend visit.

    A key part of discernment is meeting the community members and experiencing daily life with them. After we get to know you a little over the phone, we can arrange a weekend for you to visit.

  • Come for a “Look See” visit.

    You can come back for a six-week “Look See” visit if you are still interested in our way of life after your weekend visit. This longer visit allows you to really get to know the community and participate in our prayer and ministry.

  • Invitation to further discernment.

    If you still feel drawn to the Catholic Corps vocation after your six-week visit, we will invite you to further discernment with our community. Entrance to the community happens annually on the first Saturday of October. During this time, you’ll be invited to discern and make a series of commitments along the path to lifelong consecration as a Catholic Corps Member of the Apostolate for Family Consecration®.

    • Six-month commitment
    • One-year commitment, renewed annually over a period of 6–8 years
    • Lifelong consecration through private vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience to God

Discerning your vocation is an exciting adventure that takes time, trust, and a willingness to listen to God’s call. It’s a blessing to walk with you on this journey, even for a short time.

Is God Calling You

to This Life OF SERVICE?

Contact us to speak with someone

about the Catholic Corps!

Or call us at:  1-800-773-2645

FAQs

Catholic Corps

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

We live in family-style homes with 5–10 people and share meals, fun activities, chores, and prayer together, just like families do.