Our mission is to build fellowship and strengthen our spirituality while serving the parish in ministry and community. The ministry of “the Men of Holy Family” (also known as the MOHF) is dedicated to building, in Christian and Catholic values, Fellowship, and Social Responsibility within the parish of Holy Family Catholic Church, encouraging individual and group participation in spiritual development activities and to foster evangelistic out-reach within the parish and beyond. It is the hope of the Men of Holy Family that each member prayerfully consider how each can show their gratitude to God for His gifts to them by offering their gifts, time and talents to the parish. They are to be shared with our Youth, our Elderly, our Indigent, our Sick and among Ourselves.
Meet our Board
Keith is a native Floridian born in Hollywood Florida and grew up in South Florida before moving his wife Toni and their daughter Samantha to central Florida in 1993 to the Winter Garden area. The Wheaton family have been members of Holy Family Parish since 2010 and have been and continue to be involved in several ministries. Keith is a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, Mass Lector and Eucharistic Minister and has been active with the Men of Holy Family since 2011. Keith is also an active state Certified General Contractor who owns his own business as well as currently working for a local general contractor in the Orlando area.be).
I’m John W Foster and have been a member Holy Family once 1994. In 1995, I joined the Knights of Columbus, became a 4th Degree Knight and served 3 terms as Grand Knight. From 1961-1993 I served in the United States Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Graduating from University of Nebraska BS, Troy State University Alabama MS and Americana with a PhD. I am currently Vice President of Men of Holy Family and the head Usher of the Vigil Mass Team.
Tom & his wife Georgia, both native Iowans, moved to Orlando from Arlington, VA, and became members of Holy Family in 2013. This followed a career in the U.S. Army, and as a Defense Consultant. Georgia and Tom have 2 adult sons, one living in Boston, MA; and one in Fairfax, VA. Tom and Georgia both work part-time; Tom at the Disney Golf Courses and Georgia as an Interior Designer.
Coming to Holy Family over 20 years ago, Duane, a Florida native, and his wife, Lynette, have been in Orlando since 1993. They have six children, all of whom have attended Holy Family Catholic School: Jeremiah, his wife Liz, and their two daughters reside in Greenville SC, Natalie, her husband Thiago, and their son reside in Orlando, Theresa is pursuing her nursing career while working at Shands in Gainesville, Joseph is currently enrolled at the University of Florida and works construction in his off time, Benjamin is a senior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School, and is pursuing Westpoint after graduation, and Eric, their youngest, is currently attending Holy Family Catholic school.
Duane and Lynette met in college at St. Augustine‘s Catholic Church in Gainesville while training to be lectors, a passion that both of them have kept up for over 30 years. Consequently, both of their married children also met their future spouses at Saint Augustine’s. Both continue to be active lectors at Holy Family. In addition, Duane serves as lead usher for Mass at the church. Both have taught prep off and on over the years for HFCC and Duane has chaperoned many confirmation retreats. For several years, Duane was president of Conquest Boys Club for Florida, successfully managing four to five boys’ retreats in this time period.
Duane served as past president at Saint Mary Magdalen Men’s Club. His upbringing and secondary education is in environmental horticulture and he has owned and operated a landscape/irrigation business for several years prior to transitioning into the insurance realm, where he currently serves as a field manager in claims operation at USAA insurance.
Alexander van Grondelle was born in the UK; his father was born in the Dutch East Indies, and his mother is English. Travel was part of his upbringing, having lived for 8 years in Bahrain, and visiting many countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the USA. After meeting his German born wife, they decided to move to Florida in 1996.
Prior to working as a mortgage consultant in the UK, Alex worked in hotel management and put this to use within the travel industry in Florida. During this time, he obtained his real estate license to help his Real Estate endeavors. Friends and colleagues would ask him to help them buy & sell their home, and this led to a career as a Realtor, and ultimately a Real Estate Broker.
After 50+ years of attending church as a C.E.O. member only (Christmas & Easter Only), and after a couple of challenging family events, Alexander and his wife, Alexandra, attended and became parishioners at Holy Family in July 2021, and have been practicing their faith since then. Alexander joined the Men of Holy Family ministry at the beginning of this year, and realizing he has 50+ years of serving others to catch up on, he volunteered to join the board. He is now committed to serving others at 'Holy Family', like he has served other families into their homes throughout his career!
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John was born and raised in the Milwaukee Wisconsin area and has been a parishioner of Holy Family since 1996. His passion has been and is teaching PREP and Confirmation classes for Holy Family kids since 2001. He previously served on the Men of Holy Family Board in 2018-2019 and is “back”. He spent 30 years in the active and reserve Navy and currently works in the Environmental and Engineering Consulting arena. He is most proud of his three boys – all confirmed at Holy Family and his wife Jackie. In their “down” time they enjoy outdoor activities, scuba, the Packers and the Gators, and most especially visiting their two grand-daughters.
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Dan, his wife Bernadine and their newborn daughter Julia relocated to the Orlando area from Greensboro, N.C. in 2000. Upon arriving the Galate family immediately joined the Holy Family Catholic parish. Within a short period of time Julia started attending the Holy Family Catholic school, where she spent PK3-8 th grade. Having Julia as a student in the school gave Dan and Bernadine many opportunities to offer their services for school functions and activities as well as participate in many other church ministries and activities. Joining with the Men of Holy family was the first on Dan’s list. Dan is an Army veteran who then put in many years managing operations for some the largest heavy truck and bus manufacturers in the U.S. and is now retired. Dan looks forward to serving the Men of Holy Family during his second time on the board in this position.
Raul was born and raised in Puerto Rico and lived in Florida since 1999. He lived in Orlando for six years while attending college at UCF before moving back to Jacksonville. Raul has been a parishioner at Holy Family since moving back to Orlando in 2019. He is a history teacher at Santa Fe Catholic High School in Lakeland.
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