Welcome FMS Creative Community
Explore the various artistic talents from within the FMS family.
Lifelong FMS Missioner in Bolivia
Annemarie Barrett served in Cochabamba, Bolivia as a Franciscan lay missioner from 2013 through 2016 and continues to facilitate FMS formation sessions every year on the topics of Power and Privilege for missioners in formation. In 2017, she turned her lifelong love of watercolor painting into a small business. Her work has been featured annually in the FMS World Care Benefit silent auction and she has enjoyed creating commissioned artwork for members of the FMS extended community as well. Today she is creating a life together with her partner in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and remotely sells prints and cards of her art through her online Etsy shop.
Former DCSC Communications Associate (2018-2019)
I show creativity through my work as Communications Coordinator at Olympic Community of Health and in my spare time I can often be found watercoloring mountains. I find beauty and inspiration in the backdrop of my Pacific Northwest home, and love painting and hiking the Olympic mountains.
DCSC volunteer, currently serving with the Father McKenna Center
Erin is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from John Carroll University in 2019. At JCU, she majored in Human Resources Management and minored in Entrepreneurship and Peace, Justice and Human Rights. Erin is deeply committed to service and investing in human development. During her time, she hope to foster new talents while also positively contributing to the well-being of each individual served with the Father McKenna Center. Erin is grateful for the opportunity to serve the DC area directly and live in community with the other incredible volunteers!
Current FMS Communications Associate (2020-2021)
Bekah graduated with a B.F.A. emphasizing Graphic Design from the University of Georgia. Creativity has always been a part of her, from a small Crayola-crazed toddler to a grown designer given a client brief. While the world whirls around her, she takes great faith in re-centering herself around the small, little ways that great love can show. Often inspired by the saints, she hopes to bring light to this life through community, empathy, laughter, and joy. This may include, but not be limited to, impromptu art projects, new evangelization through design, imaginative analogies, and a desire to meet others where they are at. To quote her near and dear sister, St. Therese of Lisieux, “My vocation is love.”
In using my talents that He’s given me, I get to admire God as the Ultimate artist in the closest way I know how: in emulating the beauty, truth, and goodness of His creations.
Overseas Lay Missioner in Guatemala (2015-2016)
Maeve Gilheney-Gallagher was raised in a large Catholic family of creatives and discovered her talent for hand embroidery several years ago after attending an introductory workshop. She served with FMS as an intentional missioner in Guatemala City, Guatemala from 2015-2016.
Maeve often blends her passion for various social justice causes with her embroidery work. She draws inspiration from many artists, the back-strap loom weaving she learned from women in Guatemala, and her faith. Additionally, she writes the monthly newsletter now, and now, and now where the self-described "twenty-something lapsed writer" puts her undergrad degree to work by reflecting on faith, pop culture, social justice, and current events. You can read and subscribe at https://maeve.substack.com/.
Former DCSC volunteer (2019-2020)
Madeline Rose McKissick currently serves as the Development Associate of DC Service Corps. Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she holds a BA in dance and a BS in professional writing from Slippery Rock University. In addition to the FMS blog and Welcome to Sunday Instagram series, Madeline's writing can be found on Catholify's Instagram reflections and Catholic Volunteer Network's blog. You can read more of Madeline's work on her faith blog, radiantwithjoy.blog, which inspires readers to strive for holiness and Sainthood.