As a Franciscan-hearted individual, no doubt you have reflected on these words and lived these values in myriad contexts. From your home to your parish to your workplace, you may have committed yourself to embracing the Franciscan charism in daily life, and you know that even an average week presents numerous opportunities to encounter God and grow in service to one’s neighbor.

You probably also know that, sometimes, it’s good to step out of familiar surroundings, to encounter God in new places, meet new people, and reflect on newly-learned realities.

If you’re feeling drawn to an experience of newness, one that will allow you to connect with Franciscan lay missioners, learn about structural poverty, and grow in fellowship with other Franciscan-hearted individuals, join us in Bolivia this August. Here’s what you need to know:

Dates: August 25, 2018-September 2, 2018

Cost: $1500 (includes meals, visas, and in-country travel) + flight, 50% deposit required by May 1, 2018

To reserve your place and ask questions: email Elizabeth Hughes at

Meet your guide: Jeff Sved is a returned FMS missioner who served in Cochabamba, Bolivia for four years. During that time, Jeff dedicated himself to a ministry of accompaniment in Cochabamba’s prisons, becoming friends with people striving to maintain hope and a sense of community in difficult surroundings. Though Jeff currently works as the Director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University, at least half his heart is still in Cochabamba. He is excited to return to Bolivia and introduce other Franciscan-hearted individuals to the community he came to know and love.


Photos (from previous trips)

Participant Stories

Reflections from past participants: