Contact: Fatima Godfrey, Programs Associate
Inspired by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) is an independent nonprofit that supports lay Catholics in accompanying marginalized communities in Bolivia, Jamaica, the US-Mexico border region, and Washington, DC. The main ministry of FMS is one of presence and companionship. Through this relationship-centered approach, we promote a culture of encounter and honor each person’s dignity, which we believe is essential to bridging differences and promoting the common good.
Serve abroad for at least two years as you share in life with sisters and brothers suffering from economic poverty and social oppression. With a posture of humility, missioners cultivate authentic cross-cultural relationships based on mutuality and compassionate presence as they support locally-run ministries. They live in intentional Christian communities rooted in simplicity, reflection, and solidarity. FMS provides a substantial 3-month formation training that includes topics such as: Franciscan spirituality, Catholic Social Teaching, nonviolence communication, and power and privilege.
Benefits: Each missioner receives a monthly stipend, health insurance, housing, vacation and retreat funds, as well as spiritual direction and personal guidance from FMS staff during the 2+ years. FMS staff also provide a 2-week Re-entry retreat to assist with the transition back home.
Volunteer in Washington, DC, for a year of service in various direct or indirect ministries sharing Christ’s love and cultivating relationships of peace and justice. FMS offers young-adults opportunities to learn about nonprofits, deepen their commitment to service, and grow in faith. All DCSC volunteers live in intentional community with a focus on living out Franciscan values of simplicity, fraternity, prayer, compassion for those living in poverty, and care of creation.
Benefits: Each volunteer receives a monthly stipend, in-depth orientation, seasonal retreats, mentoring, spiritual direction and other faith-deepening opportunities, as well as weekly professional and leadership formation sessions.