Give Your Life Totally to GodFor 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.
What Our Life Is LikeCatholic Corps
1Prayer & Sacramental Life
2Mission for Families
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.
Seeking Holinessthrough the AFC’s Charism & Spirituality
Our Unique CharismA • F • C
As a spiritual family, we work together...
...to support families in the Catholic Faith...
...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 SpiritualityConsecration
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 CorpsMen'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
Catholic Corps Men
Discernment ProcessCatholic Corps Vocation
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. “Look See” visits generally take place in January, April, or November.
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
Is God Calling Youto This Life OF SERVICE?
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.