Last summer was a monumental time for Franciscan Mission Service as we launched the DC Service Corps program and welcomed our inaugural members. Since then, the program has grown tremendously, and we are encouraged by its far-reaching impact. We are blessed by the growth of the program since then and the impact it has had as we welcome our newest class of members.

This year we are excited to continue our program through our ongoing relationship with Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and new partnerships with So Others Might Eat (SOME), and A Wider Circle.

New members of DC Service Corps enjoy a day of nature during Orientation. From left to right: Alessia Catena, Sam Hardwick, Anne-Marie Elsinger, PJ Herrera, and Rose Urankar.

During this year of direct service in Washington, DC, these young adults will gather invaluable experience and deeper insight into issues of marginalization and injustice. Through positions of direct service, Chase, Madonna, and Ali will build their foundation for a lifelong commitment to social activism and their Catholic faith.

DC Service Corps Members

Alessia Catena

Graphic Design Associate

In May 2017, Alessia graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York with a BFA in graphic design. As the DC Service Corps Graphic Design Associate, Alessia enjoys being part of a team and communicating her faith through art and design. Through each project she is finding new ways to express the Franciscan charism, as she learns something new every day.

Anne-Marie Elsinger

Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School

Passionate about intentional living and service, Anne-Marie Elsinger committed to a volunteer year with Franciscan Missionary DC Service Corps. She will be serving as the Corporate Work Study Program Associate at Don Bosco Cristo Rae High School in Takoma Park. She will be checking in students every morning before work, and helping them grow as young adults. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Social Work from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Anne-Marie loves to play basketball, dance, and sing in her free time. She looks forward to physical, emotional, and spiritual growth with her supportive community members and co-workers.

Sam Hardwick

Development Associate

After graduating from Providence College in May 2017, Sam decided to heed his call to service by joining FMS through the DC Service Corps. With a passion for data and an economics degree in hand, Sam will be serving as the development associate during his year of service. Additionally, during his time, Sam will also be volunteering at A Wider Circle, an organization in Silver Spring that helps those in need find furniture. Sam’s biggest hope during his year of service is to develop a stronger faith that is integrated into all aspects of his life.

PJ Herrera

So Others Might Eat (SOME)

PJ is serving at So Others Might Eat (SOME) during his year with DC Service Corps. While in the nation’s capital, he aims to build his professional experience to supplement his Master of Public Health degree from Boston University. PJ also wants to deepen his relationship with Jesus Christ through shared life with his Casa San Salvador community members. Finally, he hopes to continue his vocation discernment during this year of servant leadership formation. Please pray for PJ!

Rose Urankar

Programs Associate

Rose is thrilled to be the Programs Associate with FMS this year. Rose’s passion for international mission work motivated her to spend the past year in the Dominican Republic, working in a Montessori school for Haitian students. Prior to her time on mission, Rose grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Theology and American Studies. As Programs Associate, Rose will support Overseas Lay Missioners as they prepare for, experience, and return from their time on mission.