FMS overseas lay missioners and DC Service Corps volunteers are committed not just to a year or more of service in DC or several years of overseas mission, but to a lifetime of living out faith, peace, and justice in the Franciscan tradition. The photo above shows the gathering of alumni at a Commissioning Mass. Their commitment to live out their call to mission goes well beyond their time with FMS, and each missioner and DC Service Corps volunteer does so differently.
lifelong mission committee
The Committee for Lifelong Mission fosters continued connection among members of the FMS Family, specifically Returned Missioners and DC-based Program Alumni (DC Service Corps, Nonprofit Servant Leadership Program, and Domestic Volunteers) in their commitment to working for peace, justice, and hope with a grounding in the Franciscan charism.
The Committee for Lifelong Mission’s priority is bringing together a supportive community that allows lifelong mission to flourish. Annual goals include:
- Host and/or facilitate the alumni retreat
- Mentoring initiatives in support of current program participants
- On-going virtual discussions – past topics have included Laudato Si, Contemplative Prayer, and Racial Justice
- Facilite gatherings around significant FMS events such as Recommissioning Mass and the World Care Benefit and Celebration
Committee members: Bridget Higginbotham (Office Associate 2011-’12), Lee Lechtenberg (Lay Mission Class 23), Amanda Saunders (NPSL 2016-’17), Janice Smullen (Lay Mission Class 31), Catherine Sullivan (Lay Mission Class 31), and Megeen White Testa (Lay Mission Class 1)
community stories & interviews
Where are they now? DC Service Corps alumni joined the FMS family with a commitment to deepening their faith in the Franciscan tradition and working for peace and justice, while developing servant leadership skills. Meet some of the alumni and learn more about the impact of their year with FMS.
FMS gave me the opportunity to take a break from and the real world to figure out what I wanted to do next.
FMS provided me with hands on experience in a non-profit setting. My time in DC helped clarify what direction I wanted to head in, pursuing marketing/communications to address local inequities.
That is the beauty of FMS. It isn't about pushing one thought or another onto someone. It's all about relationship and coming to questions and answers through authentic conversations and spaces of learning.
FMS pushed me to see where my faith was leading.
[T]he stories and messages I had been hearing from Jesus for my entire life became real. The messages to love your neighbor as yourself, to wash the feet of the people around you, and to break bread with anyone who comes your way are the messages that I was challenged to put into action every single day. It made my day-to-day life much harder but in that same stride it made it richer.
Moreover, living in community allowed me to grow into the person I wanted to be because it was an open and warm space of love and friendship. I'm not sure there is any better place to grow then in a place where love abounds with new friends.
I needed time to figure out who I was and what I wanted to be and more importantly, where God wanted me to go and where God needed me to be. FMS just gave me this space to live and learn more about who God is.