One of the hallmarks of Franciscan service is something we often refer to as the “ministry of presence” or “accompaniment.”

From community gardens in Cochabamba to the slums of Nairobi to the after-school programs and homeless shelters in Washington, D.C., FMS missioners and volunteers spend their time focusing on being with people rather than doing for them.

Bridget Higginbotham, who spent 14 months as an FMS domestic volunteer and then was hired onto our staff, spoke at our recent annual event about her time as a volunteer and how the experience gave her an appreciation of the ministry of presence:

As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, take some time to reflect:

  • How has the ministry of presence impacted me – as a giver or receiver?
  • How can I be more intentional about being rather than doing?

If you feel called to a participate in the ministry of presence, we are currently accepting applications for a new communications volunteer, as well as for long-term international missioners.