WHO WE ARE
Franciscan Mission Service provides training and support for lay missioners who serve for two to six years
in various Franciscan placements around the world. Upon returning to
the U.S., missioners continue to live out their calling in lifelong
mission to transform North American people and society.
- We are Catholic lay people, single men and women and married couples, called through our baptism to mission.
- We seek to walk with the poor of other countries, sharing our gifts, living our faith, and learning from one another.
are teachers, nurses, social workers, computer technicians,
administrators, tradesman, and others who work together and strive to
live a simple life in solidarity with the poor.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
are one of only a few Catholic lay mission organizations in North
America that focuses solely on international mission. Our focus has
allowed us to develop an in-depth 13-week formation and training program
that prepares missioners for a cross-cultural mission experience, as
well as a 3-week re-entry program. Our programs have been repeatedly
praised for the preparation they provide missioners.
are the only lay Franciscan mission program in North America. One of
our central goals is to spread the Franciscan charism among lay people
through our formation program and by the support of Franciscan religious
in the mission field.
- The third phase
of our program asks our lay missioners to make a commitment to lifelong
mission in North America. Because of their experiences, our missioners
bring back a heightened understanding of "global solidarity" and our
unity as one people on this earth. They are transformed by their time in
mission, deepened in their faith; for many of them, the service
experience brings out leadership skills that are then used in North
America. They also bring "new eyes and ears" that help our U.S. church
respond in creative ways to the dramatic social changes in our world
today. Returned missioners commit themselves to working to transform our
churches and society. In the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare, they
work towards worldwide brother/sisterhood by building bridges between
people of the "first" and "two/thirds" world. We are continually open
to ways to support our returned missioners in their work for social
change in North America.
Missioners are the most prepared lay missioners I have ever worked
with. They truly understand and engage in the 'ministry of presence', a
hallmark of Franciscan mission".
Fr. Ignacio Harding, OFM
"Fr. Iggy" has served as a missioner in Bolivia for over 30 years