It Starts With You

As a Catholic parent, God has entrusted you with the important mission of guiding your family on their journey to Him.

To Spark...

A desire for holiness in your children.

To Bring...

them to an encounter with Jesus— the Way, the Truth, the Life.

To Show...

by example that putting God at the center of your life brings true freedom, joy, and peace.
Guiding your family to Heaven is a beautiful, messy, humbling, challenging, and exciting adventure! And in today’s world, your mission to lead your family to God is more critical than ever before.

Your Influence Matters

How you use that influence matters.

50% of kids who are raised Catholic choose to leave the Church as adults.

That’s a huge number and, unfortunately, many of those former Catholics made the choice to reject the Faith between the ages of 10 and 17.

Someday, you may wonder whether your children will make the Catholic Faith their own.

It’s a critical question that many parents don’t ask until it’s too late.

Your time with your children is precious.

Before they go out into the world to make a life for themselves, you have the greatest influence over them: good or bad.

It's Easier Than You Think

The good news is that it’s easier than you think to impact your child’s faith.

A recent study suggests that when parents practice the Faith, by meeting the most basic requirement of weekly Sunday Mass, 75% of children will stay Catholic.

But in families that are striving to place God at the center of their lives—through prayer, regular reception of the sacraments, and meaningful time spent growing in the Faith together—incredible change is happening. Children of families that are living God-centered lives are very likely to remain in the Catholic Faith. By the grace of God, and because of early, positive experiences within the family, the Faith has come alive in their minds and hearts.

Even more than that, families that make God the center of their lives (not just a part) are transformed.
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The anxieties of daily life don’t disappear. Trials come that test their trust in God. Family members fall and have to get back up again, asking forgiveness from God and each other. But despite the struggles, these families experience greater joy, unity, and peace, because their lives are rooted in and centered on Christ.

If living a holy, faithful life is a priority for you as a parent, there’s a greater chance that it will be for your children too. That’s why your daily example of faith is vital.

And We Can Help

Because Your Mission is Our Mission
At the Apostolate for Family Consecration® (AFC), our mission is to empower you to create experiences that make the Faith come alive for your children. So that your family can become what God wants you to be—a family on fire for Him—and then share that light with others.

We are here to support you through:

Live Events

Grow in Holiness, Grow in Truth, Grow Together.

Live Events

Learn more about the experiences you can have as a family or individual at one of our live events.

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Bring Holiness Home Portal

Never Stop Growing!

Bring Holiness Home Portal

Learn more about the experiences you can have as a family at home or on the go.

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Plus, you are constantly being lifted up in prayer by the worldwide AFC spiritual family. Our married Disciple Members, staff members, college- and high-school-age missionaries, and single men and women who have dedicated their entire lives to serving God and families, remember you and your intentions in their daily prayers.

We’re so excited to journey with your family on the way to Heaven.

This Mission Began

with an Ordinary Family

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  • Like many Catholic parents,

    Jerry and Gwen Coniker desired to raise their children with strong values and solid faith. Yet, even though God was a part of their life, they failed to make Him the true center.

  • After a tragedy

    that deeply shook the Coniker family, especially Gwen, some friends invited them to make a Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. It was only then that the Conikers began to understand the importance of a family life rooted in Christ and started to pray the daily Rosary as a family.

  • As Christian values in society continued to decline,

    Jerry and Gwen also realized that the battle against sin was not political, but spiritual.

  • The Conikers thought

    they could protect their family from the spreading moral decay by moving to Fatima, Portugal, where the Blessed Mother had appeared in 1917.

  • But after two years in Fatima,

    it was clear that God was calling Jerry and Gwen to return to the United States to begin sharing Our Lady’s call to prayer, reparation, and holiness of life with other families.

  • Inspired by the message of Fatima

    and seeking a way to strengthen and encourage Catholic families—including their own—to live and grow in the Faith, the Conikers began to ask for God’s guidance.

  • In 1975, after much prayer,

    the Conikers founded the Apostolate for Family Consecration®.

  • During the ministry’s founding years,

    Jerry and Gwen had sixteen personal encounters with Pope St. John Paul II and, with God’s help, established five international mission centers and a worldwide television network.


It Has Grown

to Include Thousands of Families

Over the last four decades, the AFC has seen countless blessings.
We’ve worked with holy men and women, like Pope St. John Paul II, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Fr. Michael Scanlan, and Fr. Benedict Groeschel.
We have also had close connections with Pope Benedict XVI, Francis Cardinal Arinze, John Cardinal O’Connor, and other members of the Magisterium.
At our invitation, two-thirds of the U.S. bishops consecrated their dioceses to the Immaculate Conception during the Marian Year of 1987–1988.
And a cause has been opened for the beatification of one of our founders, Servant of God, Gwen Coniker.
But what really matters to us are the stories of ordinary families whose lives are being changed because of this ministry.
No other apostolate of the Catholic Church does as much to help bring families closer to God by providing proven tools in an atmosphere of love and fellowship in Christ. Family Fests at Catholic Family Land have been a huge blessing for our family. The Holy Spirit truly moves in this organization! Consecrate *your* family to the Holy Family. Consecrate them in the Truth! It will change your life forever.Eric, via Facebook
The Apostolate gave our family hope though their Christ-centered message and life-changing resources, retreats and Holy Family Fests. The impact of Consecrating our family to the Holy Family is unquestionable. It has changed our family life.Ben, via Facebook
I highly recommend getting involved with this great Apostolate. This is truly a life changing organization and one day will be world changing.Paul, via Facebook
Our family is forever changed because of our involvement in the AFC. There is nothing more important than our family’s Consecration to Jesus through Mary in union with St. Joseph. It is a daily Blessing as we journey towards Heaven. My husband And I are Blessed and grateful to have made our Life Commitment as Disciple Members in the AFC yesterday.Christy, via Facebook
Today, the AFC continues to operate from Catholic Familyland®—its administrative center and a place set apart for families—and to impact thousands of families.

Animated

by a Unique Charism

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Apostolate
As a spiritual family, we work together...

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

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

Expressed

through a Balanced Spirituality
In every moment, God gives each of us an opportunity to unite ourselves to Him by faithfully carrying out the responsibility in front of us. When we lovingly consecrate (offer) those responsibilities to Jesus, through Mary, in union with St. Joseph, the most ordinary tasks are transformed. Our daily activities become a way to grow in holiness, repair for sin, and bring about God’s will on earth.

At the AFC, we call this the responsibility of the present moment, and living it out is a key part of our spirituality. In addition, Six Principles for God-Centered Family Living help us stay on track spiritually: prayer life, sacramental life, living the virtues, learning the Faith, sharing the Faith, and serving others.

This spirituality is a balanced way for both families and individuals to live an authentic Catholic life in the middle of daily responsibilities. We invite you to join us in this beautiful way of life!

Our Team

United in Prayer, Service, and Mission

Board of Directors


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Alan Zimmerer

Director, President, & CEO
Alan and his wife, Brenda, are longtime AFC Disciple Life Members. Alan served as the national coordinator of AFC leadership and membership in the United States before his election to the Board of Directors. He has served as AFC President and CEO since 2012.
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Theresa Schmitz

Director, Executive Vice President, & COO
Theresa and her husband, Ken, are AFC Disciple Life Members. Theresa is the eleventh child of founders Jerry and Gwen Coniker. She has served in many capacities at the AFC for nearly 20 years, including overseeing operations. Theresa has been a Director since 1999.
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Greg Becker

Director & Vice President of Capital Improvements
Greg is an AFC Catholic Corps Member. He has been serving the AFC in various capacities since 1995, when he joined the ministry full-time. Greg has earned academic degrees in economics, construction management, and real estate development.
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Carolyn Stegmann

Director & Assistant Treasurer
Carolyn is an AFC Catholic Corps Member. She has been serving the AFC in various capacities for more than 25 years, including as global Community Coordinator of the Women’s Catholic Corps communities.
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Theresa Lawson

Director
Theresa and her husband, Mike, are longtime AFC Disciple Life Members. Theresa has been familiar with the AFC since the 1970s and has conducted several of the AFC’s outreach programs in her local area.
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Peter Maliani

Director
Peter and his wife, Linda, are AFC Disciple Life Members. He has been actively involved in facilitating AFC programs in his diocese for over 15 years. Previously, Peter served as the AFC’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
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Joseph Menkhaus

Director
Joseph and his wife, Christy, are AFC Disciple Life Members. They are the parents of eight children and have been active members of the AFC since 2001. Joseph has a degree in economics.
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Dr. Nicholas Phillips

Director
Dr. Nicholas and his wife, Beth, are AFC Disciple Life Members. They have been active members of the AFC since 1998. Dr. Nicholas has promoted the AFC’s work in his parish and diocese and has run several AFC outreach programs in his local community.
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Robert Snyder

Director
Robert and his wife, Maria, are AFC Disciple Life Members. They have been actively involved in the AFC since 1995. Robert has a degree in mechanical engineering and is a certified insurance counselor and a chartered property casualty underwriter.

Officers


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Alan Zimmerer

President & CEO
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Theresa Schmitz

Executive Vice President & COO
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Greg Becker

Vice President of Capital Improvements
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Rory Freiermuth

Policy Officer & Assistant Secretary
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Tricia Hauber

Secretary
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Leonard O'Nan

Treasurer & Financial Control Officer
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Michael O'Rourke

Vice President of Development
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Carolyn Stegmann

Assistant Treasurer
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Elsie Yator

Assistant Secretary

Staff


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Dave Angelo

Facilities Management
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Sonya Arellano

Housekeeping & Disciple Member
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Jim Barnes

Facilities Management
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Greg Becker

Vice President of Capital Improvements & Catholic Corps
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Dorita Billingsley

Housekeeping & Kitchen
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Tim Boudreaux

Digital & Visual Arts & Catholic Corps
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Bob Brayer

Facilities Management
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Jomel Brondial

Development & Catholic Corps
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Greg Caspers

Facilities Management & Catholic Corps
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Conchit Cellan

Accounting & Catholic Corps
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Tim Croes

Development & Catholic Corps
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Jessica Eberts

Digital & Visual Arts
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Jerome Franey

General Manager
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Rory Freiermuth

Policy Officer & Assistant Secretary
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Mark Frenie

Shipping & Receiving
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Fr. Bernard Geiger

Chaplain
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Anthony Giammarino

Accounting & Catholic Corps
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Roch Gillmore

Information Technologies, Communications & Catholic Corps
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Brittney Grimard

Year Round Alumni Corps
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Fr. Klem Hasencox

Chaplain & Catholic Corps
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Tricia Hauber

Accounting & Catholic Corps
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Neil Hawkins

Facilities Management
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Jack Heemskerk

Information Technologies & Catholic Corps
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Laurie House

General Assembly Steering Committee & Catholic Corps
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Mallory Hout

Horse Program
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Daniel Lappert

Media, Digital & Visual Arts
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Teresa Lappert

Digital & Visual Arts
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Fanny LeFever

Reception & Disciple Member
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Skip LeFever

Sales & Marketing & Disciple Member
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Lucy Lu Mai

Groundskeeping & Catholic Corps
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Peter Mergen

Events
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Jesus Morales

Facilities Management
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Leonard O'Nan

Accounting & Disciple Member
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Michael O'Rourke

Vice President of Development & Disciple Member
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Lyra Pantilanan

Accounting, Facilities Management & Catholic Corps
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Stasia Phillips

Communications
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Therese Poole

Year Round Alumni Corps
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Mary Ellen Redington

Events & Disciple Member
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Deacon Randy Redington

Events & Disciple Member
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Renee Scheu

Development & Catholic Corps
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Nina Strum

Reception
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Carolyn Stegmann

Accounting & Catholic Corps
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Kyle Stutzman

Media, Digital & Visual Arts
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Mary Sue

Groundskeeping & Catholic Corps
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Zennel Sy

Sales & Marketing & Catholic Corps
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Joel Thomas

Facilities Management
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Anna Thompson

Sales & Marketing & Catholic Corps
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Bob Turk

Facilities Management
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Winnie Vicoy

Media, Visual & Digital Arts & Catholic Corps
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Catherine Wall

Accounting & Catholic Corps
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Elsie Yator

Membership & Catholic Corps
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Barney Yosten

Franciscan University Program Liason
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Chuck Young

Events
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Stephen Young

Events

A Vision

of Hope for the Future

“Families are meant to contribute to the transformation of the earth and the renewal of the world, of creation, and of all humanity,” wrote Pope St. John Paul II in his Letter to Families (Gratissimam Sane).

When you understand your parental role in passing on the Faith, desire to take on that responsibility, and—with support—know how to do it, your family will be transformed. You will begin to experience all the good fruits God desires for your family—freedom, joy, unity, and peace. And as more and more families seek to live holy lives, by cooperating with the Holy Spirit, together we can help to renew the world and bring about the reign of Jesus on earth, through Mary and in union with St. Joseph.

Thousands of lives have already been changed by this mission. And we are filled with hope each time we hear that another family has been impacted. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for the future!

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