As an international lay Franciscan mission program in North America, Franciscan Mission Service helps American and Canadian Catholics prepare to serve on two-year international, one-year domestic and short-term mission opportunities. Missioners live a simple life in solidarity with their partners: the poor and oppressed in Africa, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean.
As Franciscan followers of Christ, we build partnerships with Catholic women and men who are inspired to live and serve in solidarity with economically poor communities across the globe -- and to bring the transformative experience of mission to North American societies and churches as advoactes for peace, justice, reconciliation and care of creation.
Our Core Statements
- We have faith in the transforming power of Christ's love in the world.
- We believe the world is a grace place.
- We believe in the absolute and fundamental dignity of each individual and creation.
- We embrace Catholic Social Teaching as central to our faith service.
- We have confidence in the widsome of poor communities.
- We engage in a mission of presence, accompaniement, and advocacy.
- We believe strong theological and cross-cultural training leads to respectful and effective mission service.
We train, send and support adults ages 22-60 for 2 years of service overseas; renewable up to 6 years. Missioners receive 3 months of training prior to departure at our national office in Washington, DC, as well as language training (if necessary) in country.
Service opportunities are in the areas of education, social services, health, agriculture, and many others. Missioners live in community with other members of the FMS community.
The focus of the ministry of FMS is to work in solidarity with the poor and oppressed overseas. Upon return to the United States, missioners spend a month in a re-entry workshop facilitated my FMS staff at the national office. Returned missioners are called, supported and encouraged to live a lifelong commitment to mission to the people and society of North America.
Like our long-term missioners, those who go on short-term trips will learn how to share their experience and the social realities of the host country with their own communities upon returning to the U.S. We believe the experience of mission gives all people the potential to transform North American societies and churches and to act as advocates for peace, justice, reconciliation and care for creation.
Domestic Volunteer Program
FMS offers an opportunity for young lay Catholics to engage in one year of full-time service in our administrative offices in Washington, DC. Depending on the specific gifts and skills that each domestic volunteer brings, they assist with a variety of projects in the office including: communications, fundraising, social media, recruiting, event planning, website development, grant writing, and lay mission program support for FMS.