Franciscan Volunteer Ministry (FVM)

Goal of Program

Founded in 1989 by the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry is a group of lay men and women, living in community, who dedicate themselves to ministry in collaboration with the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. Based on the Gospel message to express love in action, it provides an environment that fosters service to the marginalized, personal and interpersonal development, spiritual growth, and an active prayer life. As living witnesses to Gospel values and Franciscan ideals, the Franciscan Volunteer  Ministers are committed to a simple lifestyle that promotes solidarity with the poor and builds a Christian community with one another. This experience, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, will nurture the Franciscan Volunteer Ministers to grow in faith to become witnesses to the world and to their faith communities.

Type of Placement

Adults' and Children's Activities Coordinator, Coach, Community Organizer, Elementary School Teacher's Aide/Mentor, After School Program Coordinator, English as New Language Instructor, Hispanic and Immigrant Minister, Mentor and Tutor, Music Minister, Outreach to Shut-ins and Hospital Patients, Parish Assistant, Pastoral Counselor, Prison Minister, Religious Education Teacher, Soup Kitchen Staff, Women's Day Center Staff, Youth and Elderly Outreach, Youth Group Coordinator/Mentor

Service Area

Inner-city ministry in Durham, NC, Philadelphia, PA, and Silver Spring, MD.

Service Length

One year (mid August through mid July)

Program Size

Four to six volunteers per site, approximately 12-14 volunteers total.


Dependable and flexible Christian men and women, with a desire to share the mission of St. Francis of Assisi by bringing a spirit of love and care to those in need. Must also attend a personal interview. Once accepted, a physician's and dentist's reports and college transcripts are needed.

Financial Arrangements

Room and board, medical insurance & co-pays, monthly stipend, transportation to and from work, assistance with existing educational loans for time of service, shared community vehicle.

Living Arrangements

Volunteers live in community with other volunteers at the placement sites.


At least four retreats a year, including Orientation. Ongoing, hands-on training at each site.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through July, with priority given to applications in the order they are received.


Katie B. Sullivan


P.O. Box 29276
Philadelphia, 19125
Phone: 215 427-3070


[email protected]


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