A mission team consists of at least two singles, or one family, who live and work together at a mission post. FMC will assign both your mission post and mission partner(s) at the end of Intake. Your mission team commits to work at a certain post and with their mission partner for at least one year. After your year of formation, you are free to discern other team possibilities.
During your three months of Intake, you will be in constant communication with the Directors of FMC. Together you will pray and discern where God is calling you in mission, and you will be directed to your first year’s mission post. FMC receives requests for missionaries from all over the world, so every year different mission posts become available. After your first year in mission, you can choose to serve wherever there is availability. If you have a desire to serve in a particular country, FMC can help you to discern if God is calling you there, and help you to find a parish in which to serve.
No we do not. However, healthcare costs in the third world are a fraction of costs here in the States. In addition, it is fairly inexpensive to purchase international health insurance if you desire, and many of our missionaries (children and pregnant women) qualify for Louisiana’s Medicaid program.
FMC missionaries support themselves by writing letters to potential benefactors, speaking at their home churches, and other fundraising activities. Our missionaries live in poverty among the poor, and often our families live on less than $500 a month in missions, with singles requiring even less. If God has called you to missions, He will provide. We help you to compile a list of benefactors from among your family, friends, and broader community, and to draft a letter requesting funds. Most of our missionaries are easily able to raise the funds they need to stay in mission.
We are looking for people who are completely in love with Jesus, faithful to the teachings of the Church, and docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. There are no educational requirements, and singles must be at least 18 years old and one year out of high school. (Of course children are always welcome with their parents). Take a look at our FMC Charisms to see what kind of people we are.
After the three month training period, FMC requires a two year commitment from its full time missionaries. We hope that many of our missionaries will embrace missions as a lifelong vocation!
While we consider your first year, a year of formation and training, all FMC missionaries undergo a three month intensive training program called Intake. Intake takes place at Big Woods Mission in Louisiana, usually from September to December (be sure to call for this year’s dates). All of our aspiring missionaries live together in community, along with our Directors and other experienced FMC missionaries for these months, studying, praying, sharing and serving. Intake is an intense formation experience for all, however, accommodations are made for families with small children. We study Scripture, Papal Encyclicals, the Catechism, Vatican II documents, and other texts to understand the Church’s teaching about mission and incorporate this learning into our life of service. We pray together in community and individually every day. We eat together, and learn to live in missionary community. We participate in outreach and service to the poor here in Louisiana, and on a mission trip to Mexico. Since food and housing are provided for you during these three months, there is a fee for Intake. Please call the office for details. (We have seen the LORD always provides the resources necessary for those He is calling. We would be happy assist and coach you in raising the funds for Intake.)
Yes, yes, and yes! Family Missions Company loves and encourages families with any number of children to become full-time missionaries. (We currently have a missionary family with ten kids.) Our programs and outreaches are designed to allow families to learn, grow, and serve together as mission teams.
If you are a Catholic single above 18 years of age, or a married couple, or family with children, Family Missions Company is excited to help you become a full-time missionary. The first step, after prayer and discernment has led you to consider mission work, is to contact the FMC office (337-893-6111 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and schedule a Come and See. Come and See is a long weekend visit to the FMC base in Abbeville, Louisiana, where you participate in the life of the FMC community, and find out what being an FMC missionary is like. You will have an opportunity to meet with the Directors of FMC, and have all of your questions about becoming a full-time missionary answered.