Stories published about our missioners and our organization:
Questions Before Committing for a Year of Service The National Catholic Reporter features the voices of returned missioner Katie Mulembe, former volunteer Maria Beben, and volunteer alums from other programs in encouraging reflection before a year–or more–of service.
2017 Anselm Moon, OFM, Award Recipients honored at FMS World Care Benefit The Carmen Pampa Fund newsletter covered the three honorees for this year’s award–Sr. Damon Nolan, MFIC, Sr. Chris Cullen, MFIC, and Sr. Jean Morrissey, MFIC.
FMS Honors University Founders. “Up to Now,” the newsletter of the St. Margaret of Cortona Region of the Secular Franciscan Order, published an article about the 2017 World Care Benefit and the three 2017 Anselm Moons, OFM, Award recipients.
Rochester parishioner’s mission leads to Guatemala – The Catholic Moment, the newspaper for Misty Menis-Kyler’s home parish, covers the beginning of her ministry in Valle de los Angeles, Guatemala.
Mizes Begins Two Years of Missionary Service in Jamaica – Cindy talks about why she felt it was time to serve.
News from Cochabomba – Nate and Mary Mortenson help connect coffee growers in Bolivia to universities in the states.
Anna Klonowski’s hometown Church’s Newsletter – The letter shares an interview with Anna before leaving for Bolivia.
Sved Journeys From Bolivia to Bona’s – Jeff Sved discusses returning home and culture shock.
Serving with Sisters: Aubrey Kimble – Ms. Kimble answers questions about serving in Bolivia for Catholic Volunteer Network
Overseas Missioner Formation: Growing in the Franciscan Tradition – Missioners write about skills and lessons learned during formation.
Returning from the Deep: FMS Welcomes Back Six Missioners from Overseas – The article shares the re-entry of six FMS missioners back to Bolivia.
At Neumann University Tea and Franciscan identity – Sister Marguerite O’Beirne integrates Franciscan values in the work place over tea
Crafting relationships through a ministry of presence – Former associate Maria Beben shares how difficulties can be overcome through community
Do not be afraid of silence – Maria Beben reflects on distractions and how silence can help.
Lessons from a year of service material simplicity and spiritual intentionality – Maria Beben looks back on her time as a missioner and how she has changed.
Reminders from afar teach patience humility and trust – Maria Beben writes on lessons learned from missioners abroad.
Seeing the same world through different eyes – Maria Beben describes how the world has changed for her after leaving home.
Uncovering the courage to speak – Maria Beben talks about how public speaking has given her confidence.
Walking in the footsteps of Martha and Mary – Maria Beben writes how service can be done in many different ways.
What running with the pack taught me about solidarity – Maria Beben shares how running and challenging herself led to surprising experiences.
The Influence of Service – Returned lay missioner Kitzi Hendricks interviewed by the Omaha World Herald about how serving in Bolivia inspired her life path
Missionary in Bolivia Returning Home for Pittsburgh Marathon – Lay missioner Jeff Sved interviewed by CBS affiliate KDKA-TV about his experiences on mission in Bolivia.
Marathon is perfect timing for Valencia resident – Lay missioner Jeff Sved featured on the front page of the Butler Eagle in advance of his first marathon, which he trained for while on mission.
Sved will keep running – Follow-up article in Butler Eagle on missioner Jeff Sved.
Father Larry Snyder to Receive Award in Washington, DC Pre-event coverage of the 2016 World Care Benefit and Celebration by the University of St. Thomas.
SMC alum makes the mission possible … and so can you Lay missioner Catherine Sullivan featured in an editorial in The Observer, the student paper serving Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College.
At Light the City event, young adults bring Christ’s light to city streets DC Service Corps members Josh Maxey and Lizzy Balboa are featured in both the Catholic Standard’s story and photo gallery (staff members Emily Norton and Meghan Meros are in photos too).
29 Stories of February. Story Twenty-two Nonprofit Servant Leadership associate Sarah Sokora is featured in Hi Uan Kang Haaga’s photo series about homelessness in Washington, DC.
Immersed in Service Lay missioner Annemarie Barrett featured in the magazine of Loyola University of Chicago.
Middlesex native on mission in Bolivia: Lay missioner Jeff Sved featured in Trib Total Media’s Valley News Dispatch.
Laicos: protagonistas de la evangelización: El Pregonero, the Spanish language newspaper for the Archdiocese of Washington highlighted coverage of the 2015 World Care Benefit and Celebration featuring keynote speaker Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga.
Pasadena: Local woman will spend at least two years as a lay missioner in Guatemala: Missioner Amanda Ceraldi is featured in her hometown paper in advance of her departure for mission in Guatemala.
Experiences at Christendom Inspire Alumna to Serve Others Christendom College features profile on alumna Maeve Gallagher in advance of her departure for mission in Guatemala.
Defending the Amazon Rainforest: Missioners Jeff Sved, Michael Redell, and Kitzi Hendricks appear on page 29 in the Irish Franciscan’s magazine, “The St. Anthony Brief.”
Alumna Serves in Bolivia with Franciscan Mission Service: Creighton University alumna Kitzi Hendricks is highlighted for her work with abused children and torture survivors while on mission with FMS in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Living Witness Through Presence: United States Catholic Mission Association features Bolivia-based missioner Hady Mendez in their “Faces of Mission” blog series.
Franciscan benefit in US address faith, doubt and mission: Ecumenical News covers FMS’ World Care Benefit, honoree Sr. Pat Farrell, and the importance of the Year of Faith.
Franciscan Missioners Honored with Commissioning Mass: Hady Mendez, Valerie Ellis, and Nate and Mary Mortenson were commissioned and sent forth after three months of preparation for service in Bolivia.
A Day in the Life of Franciscan Mission Service Lay Missioner: Kitzi Hendricks: FMS missioner, Kitzi Hendricks, was featured in Catholic Volunteer Network’s Blog. The post depicts a day in the life of Kitzi and her work with Madre de Dios in Cochabamba, Bolivia and her love for meditation.
Cochabamba, Bolivia Kitzi Hendricks ‘07: Kitzi Hendricks is featured in Pax et Bonum, her alma mater St. Francis Catholic High School’s magazine, for her work in Cochabamba, Bolivia with Madre de Dios and Nuestra Casa. See page 38.
Franciscan Mission Service Missioner Joins Bolivian JPIC and OFS Communities: Missioner Jeff Sved has been blessed to become a part of the Cochabamba community and the Secular Franciscan community. See page 9.
Young lay missioner is living our her faith among the people of Bolivia: California native Kitzi Hendricks is featured in the Catholic Herald, the magazine of the Catholic diocese of Sacramento, for her mission in Bolivia.
Franciscan Mission Service honors Amb. Thomas Melady: Institute of World Politics mentions FMS’ World Care Benefit and Celebration and the presentation of the Anslem Moons, OFM Award to the Meladys.
Lay Missionaries prepare for two-year service trips: Catholic News Service wrote an article about FMS missioner Susan Slavin’s commissioning Mass prior to her departure to Kenya. FMS missioners Kitzi Hendricks and Michael Redell were also featured in the story.
Lay Missionary ‘Meets God’ In Eyes Of Poor, Suffering: FMS mission Catherine Giller featured in the Georgia Bulletin for her service in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The article talks about Catherine’s call to mission and her ministry abroad.
Franciscan Mission Service: A Ministry of Peace and Justice: Kim Smolik, FMS executive director, introduces FMS to the readers of the “Be A Franciscan” newsletter, published by the vocation ministry at Holy Name Province (see page 3).
FMS Building Partnerships with the Secular Franciscans: Kim Smolik, FMS executive director, attended the annual chapter meeting of the U.S. Secular Franciscan Order held in Arizona in October 2010. See pages 5 and 6 of this newsletter for a description of Kim’s talk and her efforts to build greater partnership with SFO fraternities around the country.
Un lugar verde: An article from the Revista Maryknoll newsletter describing Nora Pfeiffer’s work in developing a composting project in Cochabamba, Bolivia. (in Spanish, Google Chrome browser provides a translation tool for access to this article in English.)
A Day in the Life of a Franciscan Mission Service Missioner: FMS missioner, Nora Pfeiffer, was recently featured in Catholic Volunteer Network’s blog. The posting depicts a day in the life of Nora, who works with Franciscans International in Cochabamba, Bolivia, but also strongly advocates for and educates about environmental issues and care for creation.
FMS Volunteers – Sandra and Bryce Bradford arrive in Zambia: The Province of Franciscan Protomartyrs, OFMConv welcomed FMS missioners, Sandra and Bryce Bradford, to Zambia in their March 2011 newsletter. Sandra and Bryce are serving for three years through the St. Francis Frairy, Itimpi in Kitwe.
They Were of One Heart and Mind: FMS is featured on pages 2 and 3 of the January 2011 issue of this newsletter. The article details how several FMS Returned Missioners have responded to the call of religious life. “Toward a Franciscan Missionary Spirit” is a newsletter published by the Interprovincial Secretariate for Missionary Evangelization of the English Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor.
Like Mary, she’s saying ‘yes’- article on Nora Pfeiffer from the Catholic Herald: Recently commissioned missioner, Nora Pfeiffer, was featured on December 9, 2009 in the Catholic Herald of Arlington, VA in a story about her upcoming mission service in Bolivia.