Promoting Peace and Justice
- During the 2011 Transitus ceremony at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C., Executive Director Kim Smolik presented a speech about the connection between living a Franciscan life and 4 "R's": reconciliation, relevancy, radicalism, and relationships. Read the entire speech.
Executive Director Kim Smolik during the 2011 Transitus ceremony
- On August 28, 2010 FMS staff, missioners, and friends planted a Peace Pole in a small "Peace Garden" at our office and missioner training center in Washington, DC. The pole serves a constant visual prayer for peace. Guests and passersby are invited to leave their own prayer for peace in the garden. Click here to read the prayers for peace that were planted.
Missioner candidate, Susan Slavin, planting her prayer for peace.
- Our Executive Director, Kim Smolik, continually emphaizes the importance of racial justice advocacy, particularly in the training of lay missioners. Click here to read a discussion article between Kim and Mike Wilker, Executive Director of Lutheran Volunteer Corps, where they openly dialogue about racial justice and its presence in faith based volunteer & mission work.