“Many people were inspired by the
balanced, yet challenging content and presentation of the Family Hours,
and many people approached priests at the end of each night to seek
counsel and forgiveness.” (Fr.
Byerley told AFC that he had a filled church every evening.
They had to bring in extra chairs and ask the police to help with
traffic after the program.)
Byerley, St. Jude’s Church, NJ
“The use of video allows great
spiritual personages in the Church, Starting with the Holy Father himself,
to speak to the people assembled, and it also largely solves the problem
of properly meditation on the mysteries of the rosary while reciting the
J. Schaefer, Holy Redeemer Church, MN
“The highlights were the short
sessions with Mother Teresa along with the video tapes of Pope John Paul
II. The other aspect of the program was that it was entirely
organized and operated by lay people in the parish who were faithful each
evening to their assignments. It
was so good to see them working together.”
-Fr. Charles Borho,
St. Cecilia Church, OR
“The Family Hours proved to be
nine grace-filled nights. The
mercy of God shone brightly, as was evident by the many confessions heard
each night. This was
definitely a time of conversion for many, many troubled souls.
I would highly recommend the Be Not Afraid Family Hours to any
church or organization wishing to sponsor this worthwhile spiritual
Mulvanity, St. Paul Church, OH
During a Pilgrimage
to Rome, November 1996
Apostolate's founders, Jerry and Gwen Coniker, and
chaplain, Fr. Kevin Barrett, had three encounters with the Prefect and staff of
the office of the Sacred Congregation for Sacraments and Divine Worship.
The Prefect, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, enthusiastically joined the
Apostolate’s Advisory Council and lent his full support to showing Be Not
Afraid Family Hours on video in the Eucharistic Presence of Our Lord in parish
churches throughout the world.
The Cardinal encouraged perpetual
adoration and frequent confession, and endorsed all of The Apostolate’s
programs and its work and mission. In
fact, His Eminence sent Father Antonio Less, S.J., the department head of the
Congregation, to the Family Apostolate’s temporary television studio in Rome
to do an extensive television program on all of the points mentioned above and
on family consecration.
“The blessings given to the AFC by
our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, members of the Curia,
the great majority of American bishops, and so many other outstanding
leaders is, indeed, a reflection of Our Lady’s approval.”
Camardese, M.D., President, Americanism Foundation
“The weekly Be Not Afraid
Family Hours are wonderful. Now
we can all adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and in the Truth of the
Church’s teachings. As parents we feel so much better equipped to foster a love
of the Truth in our young children. Our
own Faith as been strengthened.”
Julie Stenske & family
“Seeing Pope John Paul II’s
conviction encouraged me to defend my faith with vigor.
`Be Not Afraid’ the theme to the holy hours, reminded me that God
is with us always.”
“I watched your Be Not Afraid Family
Hours, they were very interesting. You
taught me a lot that I had
forgotten. I’ve been away
from the church for forty-eight years.
Now I am back with our God.”
“I think the Family Hours are
one of the best programs I have ever been to in the church.
It was very well prepared and organized.
The talks that Msgr. Magee gave were the most inspirational talks I
have ever heard.”
from St. Ignatius Parish, MN
“I felt spiritually lifted.
It s a means whereby families praying together can foster the
spirituality of Pope John Paul II.”
Weza, Past State Deputy, KoC
“Thank you for giving us this
opportunity to learn the deep love of our beloved Holy Father for the
Blessed Mother and to increase our love, confidence and devotion to her.
The rosary meditations were very powerful.”
“I believe best of all for the
children were the rosary mediations. The
pictures made the actualities of the mysteries so immediate.
At times, I would steal a glance at them and their eyes were as big
Sacred Heart Parish, TX