Our Mission

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 advocates for peace, justice, reconciliation and care of creation.

Overseas Lay mission

Overseas Lay Missioners Students Walking Down Street with Views of Countryside

St. Francis of Assisi built bridges between cultures and peoples, and you can too, as a missioner with Franciscan Mission Service. We help Catholic lay women and men prepare to serve on mission where they partner with poor and oppressed communities around the world for 2- 6 years.

dc service corps

DC Service Corp Members Group Photo at Lake

DC Service Corps is an 11-month service leadership experience for young adults (ages 21-35) that desire to participate in a Catholic program with a Franciscan heart. With a focus on professional and spiritual development through service in the DC community, DC Service Corps facilitates the integration of faith into all aspects of one's life.


Hear from FMS missioners about how they felt God's call to go on mission and how FMS prepared them to do so.


Lifelong Mission Group Photo

Lifelong Mission

Delve into the different avenues this lifelong call to mission can lead within the FMS community.

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Short-Term Mission Trips

We offer short-term mission and global awareness trips in Washington, DC and at our mission sites in Bolivia, Guatemala, Jamaica, and the US/Mexico border.

Mosaic of Saint Claire and Saint Francis, Patron Saints

Get to Know Our Patron Saints

FMS aspires to follow in the footsteps of Saint Clare and Saint Francis. Missioners and volunteers practice this ministry of presence in their service.

Our Impact

Latest Stories

Thoughts to My Desconocido/a

Editor’s Note: As a reflection while participating in the Migrant Trail Walk, lay missioner Julia Pinto shares what she would say to her desconocido/a–an unidentified ...
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Embrace the Breeze, Protect Your Peace

Editor’s Note: As DC Service Corps volunteer Jennifer Eburuoh reaches the end of her year of service, she reflects on how she has learned to ...
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Holding Privilege on the Border

Editor’s Note: Lay missioner Kim Wagner recognizes a privilege that she has as a US citizen and realizes how she can use her privilege on ...
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