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DC Service Corps

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Build a foundation for a lifelong commitment to social activism and grow your Catholic faith through a meaningful year of service in Washington, DC.

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.

We have opportunities to serve at the FMS headquarters and with partner agencies in a variety of roles. From designing promotional materials as the FMS Communications Associate to connecting individuals experiencing homelessness with important resources to mentoring high school students from families with limited resources, our volunteer opportunities allow you to use your gifts and make a difference.

In addition, all volunteers live in intentional community, pray together, and strive to be witnesses to justice and peace.  Each week, you'll gather for formation sessions on topics including leadership development, spirituality, the Franciscan charism, and more to encourage your holistic growth.

Program Benefits Include:

  • Housing/utilities
  • Monthly stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Weekly formation sessions
  • Three retreats throughout the program year
  • Spiritual accompaniment 
  • 10 vacation days and 5 sick days
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dcsc discernment days

Considering a year of service in DC?
Join us for a discernment retreat!

  • Experience community life
  • Chat with current volunteers
  • Attend discernment workshops
  • Meet with our program directors

Dates are scheduled based on interest, and an online format is available in light of pandemic realities.

For more information or to schedule a retreat date, email info@franciscanmissionservice.org or call Associate Director Rose Urankar at 202-832-1762×4.

What are past participants saying about Discernment Days?

“I felt very supported and encouraged during this time. It felt like I was on retreat and I came away refreshed and validated in that I know that I have good gifts to bring to mission.”

“It was so beneficial to have questions answered in person, to meet staff and volunteers, and get a sense of the community I would be entering.”

“The environment, community, and charisma of the people really made it all feel so natural. It had a huge impact on my discernment process.”

“Felt like family. Felt like home! So warm and welcoming. Felt very included and cared for.”


office associates

As part of the DC Service Corps, Franciscan Mission Service offers an opportunity for young lay Catholics (ages 21-35 years) to engage in 11 months of full-time service in our FMS administrative offices in Washington, D.C.

Program Components

Share your unique gifts and skills as an integral member of the FMS staff. Learn about the administrative side of nonprofits while gaining valuable professional experience. Associates assist with a variety of projects in the office including: communications, fundraising, social media, recruiting, event planning, website development, grant writing, and program support for Franciscan Mission Service.

Direct Service

On Tuesday mornings, go out into the Washington, DC community to live out the Franciscan charism by volunteering with marginalized communities in ministries such as nursing homes, homeless shelters, or after-school programs.

DC Service Corps Stories

Finding Hope in Seemingly Hopeless Situations

Editor's Note: When someone asks DC Service Corps member Sam Goodyear what she does for a living, she is always a bit unsure how to ...
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Small Acts

Editor's note: DC Service Corps volunteer Matthew Hinderberger recalls a small act of service that he witnessed during his ministry at Christ House, and reflects ...
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The Disappearing Act of Finding Aspirations

Editor's Note: Reflecting on an excerpt from one of his favorite poetry collections, DC Service Corps member Jarrett Murano shares his experience in finding his ...
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