Over the past 25 years, Franciscan Mission Service’s lay missioners have served in 19 countries, including: Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Namibia, Nicaragua, Peru, Siberia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, the Philippines, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Currently, FMS places missioners in Bolivia and Jamaica. In 2021, FMS will welcome new missioners to a site along the U.S./Mexico border. In each location, the missioners’ main ministry is one of service, presence, and companionship. Through this relationship-centered approach, we promote a culture of encounter, which we believe is essential to bridging differences and promoting the common good. Learn more about our placement sites and ministries below:

Cochabamba, BoliviaKingston, Jamaica
Agua Prieta, U.S./Mexico Border RegionValley of the Angels, Guatemala

Ministries and country placements are determined through a process of mutual discernment between FMS staff, country partners and the missioner. The discernment process takes into consideration the missioner’s gifts, interests, language skills, and the needs of the receiving community, among other factors. FMS’ person-first approach challenges our missioners to take a place of humility while on mission, as they seek to know and learn from those they serve alongside rather than approach ministry with a mindset that their role is to lead, change, or fix a situation.

FMS missioners serve within a wide range of ministries, including, but not limited to: education, prison ministry, youth ministry, sustainable agriculture, and pastoral ministry. Our current missioners are offering support to boys at an orphanage; tutoring elementary school students with learning differences; coaching sports; helping individual who have severe physical disability with activities of daily living (ADLs); serving as camp counselors at a summer camp for Deaf and hearing children; and offering companionship to aging religious sisters in an infirmary. 

If you have a desire to serve alongside people living on the margins and are inspired by the Franciscan values of peace, justice, reconciliation, and care of creation, there’s an opportunity for you!