The Family of the Apostles of the Interior Life are members (young adults, families, diocesan priests, consecrated laywomen) who have formally committed themselves to living out our charism according to their state of life

Over time, people attracted to the charism through the Collaborators of Your Joy  felt a desire to commit themselves in a new way. 
After much discernment, an 18-month formation process was developed for Collaborators who desired to go deeper in their commitment in living out the charism. 
The name Family was chosen to indicate a closeness to the ideal that both communities, Sisters and Brothers, were living out through their consecration. 

In 2007 a group of 25 people (young adults, families and diocesan priests) was involved in the preparation for making a promise to become part of the Family. 

They took their formal promises on January 1, 2009. 

On January 1, 2011, another group of 17 became Family members; on January 1, 2013, a third group of 38 took their promises and became Family members; and in 2015, another 40 people were added to our Family.

The requirements toward promises include: 

One year participation in the Collaborators of Your Joy to access the discernment process 
12 meetings (spread over a period of 18 months) consisting of teachings on the human person (intellect, will, and affectivity), the AVI charism, the history of the Community and the four pillars 
- Commitment to ongoing spiritual direction (necessary also to discern the call to take official promises), daily meditation, and thanksgiving after Communion 
- Commitment to participare in some form of spiritual apostolate 

The (Discerning) Family meets in Kansas every month, and some Family members from other states join us via technology. 
They also gather annually with the AVI Priests and Sisters for 3-day retreat. 

Once a year the AVI communities (Priest-Brothers and Sisters), the Family and the COJOY gather together for a day-long event, Convivenza (gathering)