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General Assembly >> President Alan Zimmerer

  The Apostolate for Family Consecration
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“Let us seek holiness and trust each other and trust our Lord.” With those words, Alan William Zimmerer, 56, of Sanger, Texas, concluded his inaugural address as the new president of the Apostolate for Family Consecration after the first Extraordinary General Assembly held November 1-4 at Catholic Familyland in Bloomingdale, Ohio.

Zimmerer was elected as president from among three candidates nominated for the office. The other nominees were the Apostolate’s executive vice president, Theresa Schmitz, and the Apostolate’s vice president of engineering and chief technical officer, James Kocisko.

Zimmerer’s election came after the General Assembly approved modifications to the Apostolate’s statutes, 

following the recommendations of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Zimmerer was elected president by a two-thirds vote on the eighth ballot.

Alan Zimmerer receiving a blessing after reciting the oath of office

At the conclusion of Mass on Sunday, November 4, Zimmerer and the Apostolate’s board of directors took the Oath of Fidelity to the Holy Father, and Zimmerer gave his inaugural address, in which he stressed two points: holiness and trust.

“Holiness is union with God, and for me to do this job, I’m going to have to seek a higher union with God, and I ask each of you, and all those we come in contact with, to do the same thing,” Zimmerer declared. “When we are one with God, we can really accomplish things, but when we are doing it ourselves, we can’t,” he added. “It’s God’s work, not our work, so we have to step out in faith and ask God to help us come closer to Him,” he said.

On the subject of trust, Zimmerer observed, “We’re all broken, we’re all suffering from our own insecurities and inadequacies, but if we can begin, from this point forward, and assume that everyone trusts us, and that we can trust each other, we can go a long way.” He added that “God has done His part and now we have to do our part.”

During the weekend, those attending the General Assembly also heard reports from the Apostolate’s mission centers around the world, including the United States, the Philippines, Myanmar (Burma), Belgium, Russia, Mexico and Nigeria. 

The Apostolate welcomed several new life members who made their life commitments at the opening Mass of the Assembly. Previous life members also renewed their commitments during the same Mass, in solidarity with the newest life members. The new life members include: Jackie Baumgartner, Lance and Allyson Docken, Mark and Nancy Fiorentino, Esperanza Arvizu, John Kukula, Michael and Theresa Lawson, Francisco and Eva Martinez, Joan Moran and Dr. John and Mary Timmons.

The General Assembly also recognized seven members of the Apostolate’s Catholic Corps men and women for 25 years of service, including Rev. Father Kevin Barrett, Dennis Brower, Tim Boudreaux, Greg Casper, Tim Croes, Tricia Hauber and Carolyn Stegmann.

From left to right, Theresa Schmitz, Jerry Coniker, Tricia Hauber, Carolyn Stegmann, Greg Casper, 
Fr. Kevin Barrett, Timothy Boudreaux, Dennis Brower and Tim Croes

Alan Zimmerer, a native of Gainsville, Texas, spent most of his life in and around the Dallas area. He is the son of Willard and the late Rosebell Zimmerer. He and his wife, Brenda, are the parents of five children and the grandparents of seven. 

Zimmerer Family 

A product of Catholic education during his young life, Zimmerer earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kennedy Western University. After working as a sales representative for Snapper Lawn Equipment, he became an agent for State Farm Insurance, where he has worked for 31 years.

While serving as head of the catechetical education program at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Denton, Texas, Zimmerer discovered the Apostolate for Family Consecration while searching for materials for the parish’s adult catechetical program. Soon he began using the Apostolate’s “Be Not Afraid Family Hours” at St. Mark’s, and led a Lay Evangelization Team (LET) from his home.

Apostolate co-founder Jerry Coniker invited Zimmerer to be the national leadership coordinator in the United States. Eventually Zimmerer would represent the Apostolate on mission trips around the world. He was elected to the AFC Board of Directors in 2007, and served until 2011; He is a life member of the Apostolate.

In a letter to the presidential nominating committee, Zimmerer said, “My heart’s desire is to see this apostolate continue into the future working to save the family.” He praised the Apostolate for its “unique and balanced approach, guiding families to live their lives authentically Catholic.”

Zimmerer expressed confidence that, despite financial and other challenges facing the Apostolate, “God will provide, along with our unified efforts, which will necessitate a complete trust among ourselves and His grace.”.

Zimmerer expressed confidence that “The desire to serve our Lord and His Church through this apostolate is strong in the hearts of all involved.” He added that “This alone creates a tremendous opening to move forward and fulfill the mission the Apostolate for Family Consecration is called to do.” 

Russian members, Evgeny and Galina Subachev with Theresa Schmitz and Alan Zimmerer

Dr. and Mrs. Yawhan from Myanmar (Burma) singing in their native language 

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