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The Apostolate for Family Consecration® was founded by Jerome F. and Gwen C. Coniker, who were married on August 15, 1959. Today they have 13 children (one with the Lord) and over 56 grandchildren.

On April 29, 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed Jerry and Gwen Coniker to a five-year term, as one of twenty couples throughout the world, to be Roman Curia members of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

June 15, 2002 Gwen C. Coniker passed onto eternity in her home at Catholic Familyland with her husband and children by her side.  

August 6, 2004 Pope John Paul II appointed Mr. Jerry Coniker to be Consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Family for a period of Five Years.   

Learn about the Mission Centers of The Apostolate for Family Consecration® and Membership options.  

Jerry & Gwen Coniker saw that the young apostolic volunteers who had come to help spread this message aspired to give their entire lives to bringing families deeper into their faith.  Thus, The Family Apostolate’s Catholic Corps developed and its membership continues to grow.  

The Apostolate’s Catholic Corps are single, apostolic, celibate laymen and laywomen who devote their lives to serving the Church through the international work of the Apostolate for Family Consecration.

Church Approval & Endorsements

Blessed Teresa was the inspiration for our "Be Not Afraid Holy Hours".

"Your Be Not Afraid Weekly Eucharistic Family Hours will bring down many graces for the Church and especially for our families. I encourage all families to participate in this powerful devotion which is calling down the mercy of God upon all of us. God bless you" -Mother Teresa

Blessed Teresa has been a very dear friend of the Apostolate for many years. Our Founders Jerry & Gwen Coniker have had many encounters with Mother Teresa, most of which have been captured on video. Encounters with Mother Teresa insights into Family Life, is a beautiful and inspiring collection of videos and audios featuring Mother Teresa.

The image above is Blessed Teresa embracing our co-founder Gwen Coniker.

Visiting Catholic Familyland
One of the best ways to learn about The Apostolate for Family Consecration® and its mission is to come to Catholic Familyland and experience one of our events. Take your family to one of our four week-long Holy Family Fests in the summer. We also hold the Totus Tuus Family Conference during a weekend in the autumn and a "get away" Marriage Weekend in the spring for couples.

Please visit the event section of our website for detailed information.


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