My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for FRANCISCAN MISSION SERVICE OF NORTH AMERICA, Washington, DC, USA
Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) is committed to building strong and long-lasting partnerships with Catholic men and women who have an innate desire to live and serve in solidarity with the marginalized and vulnerable communities in Washington, D.C. and internationally.
As a member of the FMS team, I am inspired by the organization's commitment to the transformational experience of service and mission, and its dedication to forming Catholic leader who will become advocates for peace, justice, reconciliation and care of creation.
One notion of FMS that I am continually struck by is the organization's emphasis on a "ministry of presence, accompaniment and advocacy." Through this posture, volunteers and missioners not only "serve" (which often can imply power dynamics), but they accompany individuals, families and communities. Through this accompaniment, true relationship is built, and from this relationship comes authentic understanding and trust.
Forming volunteers and missioners in this way is critical to building a world that promotes respect, love and safeguard human dignity.