Over the past 25 years, Franciscan Mission Service’s lay missioners have served in 19 countries, including: Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Namibia, Nicaragua, Peru, Siberia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, the Philippines, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Currently, FMS places missioners in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Jamaica. The missioners’ main ministry is one of service, presence, and companionship. Through this relationship-centered approach, we promote a culture of encounter, which we believe is essential to bridging differences and promoting the common good.

This person-first approach also challenges our missioners to take a place of humility while on mission, as they seek to know and learn from those they serve alongside rather than believe their role is to lead, change, or fix a situation.

Ministries and country placements are determined through a process of mutual discernment between FMS staff, country partners and the missioner. The discernment process takes into consideration the missioner’s gifts, interests, language skills, and the needs of the receiving community, among other factors.

FMS missioners serve within a wide range of ministries, including, but not limited to: education, prison ministry, youth ministry, sustainable agriculture, and pastoral ministry. Our current missioners are teaching English at an orphanage, accompanying individuals in prison, facilitating fitness and art classes to survivors of sexual assault, helping with nutrition and health workshops in rural communities, assisting with spiritual formation classes, and teaching conflict resolution strategies to students.

If you have a desire to serve alongside people living on the margins and are inspired by the Franciscan values of peace, justice, reconciliation, and care of creation, there’s an opportunity for you!

Read more about each of our country placements and ministry sites below.