A Franciscan Common Venture
Goal of Program:To provide the opportunity for women and men, age 18+, to contribute their talents, time and commitment in service among people who are poor. Together, Sisters and volunteers give expression to Franciscan values of simple living in community, prayer, conversion, and service among people who are poor.
Type of Placement:Educational programs for children, GED, general pastoral care, recreational activities for children, assistance to women and children in need, immigration assistance, resale store, physical work.
Service Area:United States; Haiti, Honduras, Central America; St. Lucia, West Indies; El Salvador.
Service Length:From one week to a year (renewable).
Requirements:Persons, age 18+, who desire to be of service, live in community, grow spiritually and be an advocate for justice and peace; a Catholic/Christian perspective; basic good health; ability to work in a team; skills necessary for the ministry. Long-term volunteers are expected to do a short-term volunteer commitment first.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board; a small personal stipend for long-term volunteers.
Living Arrangements:Whenever possible the Franciscan Common Venture volunteer will live in community with other volunteers and/or Sisters of St. Francis.
Program Size:About 50 short-term volunteers throughout the year.
Training:Short-term volunteers: orientation and in-service at the service site; long-term volunteers: orientation, retreat(s) and in-service usually in Dubuque, Iowa.
Application Deadline:Applications are accepted throughout the year.