Interested In Full-Time Missions?
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus sent his disciples out as missionaries to the ends of the earth telling them that: “the harvest is plenty, but laborers are few.” Today, His words as urgent as they have ever been. The world desperately needs missionary evangelism and service. Two thirds of the over 7 billion people in the world today have never heard the Gospel of Jesus preached; that is to say that most of the world has yet to be invited into a saving relationship with Jesus!
At Family Missions Company, we are Catholic Missionary families and lay missionaries engaged in proclaiming the Gospel and serving the poor in foreign lands. We firmly believe what Pope John Paul II wrote in his encyclical Mission of the Redeemer: “God is opening before the Church the horizons of a humanity more fully prepared for the sowing of the Gospel. I sense the moment has come to commit all the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and mission ad gentes (to the nations). No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church, can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.”
God is calling many people today to proclaim the Good News. Do you feel called to be a full time missionary? We hope and pray that if you do, you will respond generously to that call with your whole heart, with your whole life. Indeed, it is a great challenge, and those of us who have given our lives as missionaries know that there is no better life than one given completely in the service of the Gospel.
All Catholic families and laity are called to the apostolate of evangelization and sanctification of our world today. There is exciting growth in the numbers of Catholic lay missionaries and families with children giving their lives to foreign mission. Please contact our office if you would like additional information; we would love the opportunity to talk and pray with you. Jesus is begging His Father to send laborers into the vineyard – the task is urgent, come with us into the fields!
- PRAY! We encourage you to spend time in prayer seeking the Lord’s will, reading the Bible. Ask the Lord to really show you if He is calling you to missions.
- We recommend you read Go! You are Sent and Our Family’s Book of Acts, an autobiography by Genie Summers (Frank and Genie are the founders of FMC). Reading Genie’s book, will provide you with an understanding of our history, spirituality, and approach to mission life. You may contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a copy of her books.
- We encourage those discerning missionary life to read the Book of Acts, which is the account of the Early Church’s missionary activity. We also recommend reading Mission of the Redeemer, Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on mission. He talks about the urgency of missions and the need for full-time missionaries in the world.
- Persons wanting to discern their calling are invited to “Come and See,” a four-day retreat, which provides a taste of our way of life and an opportunity to meet and pray with our community. “Come and See” also serves as an orientation, before candidates return home to further discern whether the Lord is calling them to serve with FMC.
Full time missionaries make a minimum two-year commitment, beginning with Intake, three months of training and formation at our mission base in Louisiana, and continuing with mission service at a designated mission post. Our missionaries’ first year of formation consists of:
- Intake, 3 months of training at our Big Woods mission in Louisiana (including a 3 week outreach to Mexico), followed by 9 months of missionary life in the field. During your first year, you will have monthly Pastoral Sessions with our Directors who will counsel you, pray with you and encourage you to grow into the missionary God is calling you to be.
Intake is a time of intense study, work, prayer and community life. Missionaries undergoing formation enter fully into FMC’s community life: living a simple life in humble accommodations, sharing meals in common, and serving one another. We keep the cost of formation as low as possible. Intake Fees are adjusted as necessary each year. They cover: housing accommodations, all community meals (90% of Intake meals are eaten in community), utilities, tuition and training expenses, a 3 week Mission trip to Mexico, each missionary’s first official Beg/Newsletter and mailing costs (ask about our family rates). When arriving for Intake, missionaries are asked to bring with them a few materials: Holy Bible, Documents of Vatican II, Liturgy of the Hours (Christian Prayer, one volume), Mission of the Redeemer (encyclical), Catechism of the Catholic Church, and a personal prayer journal.
- Another part of your prayerful discernment will be to fill out our Missionary Application Form.
Carefully consider why you feel called to missions, and why FMC is a good fit for you. Share your sense of calling with family, friends, pastor and faith community and ask them to pray for your missionary vocation.