“The harvest is plenty, but laborers are few.”
Approximately 2,000 years ago, Jesus sent his disciples out as missionaries to the ends of the earth. Today, His words are 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 have yet to be invited into a saving relationship with Jesus!
At Family Missions Company, we are lay Catholic missionaries, both single people and families, engaged in proclaiming the Gospel, serving the poor and making disciples in foreign lands.
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Requirements to Apply
- Practicing Catholic seeking holiness
- Fully initiated into the Catholic Church for at least one year prior to the start date of missionary training
- For married couples, both spouses must be Catholic.
- Married couples must be married for one year prior to the start date of missionary training.
- Completed high school one year prior to the start date of missionary training
Commitment for New Missionaries
New missionaries commit to a two year term in their first mission post. This first term of two years begins in January following the completion of their Intake training. As the first term comes to an end, the decision for missionaries to continue into a third year and beyond is made in conversation with Family Missions Company.
Countries Where FMC Missionaries Are Serving
Currently, our missionaries are serving in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Asia.
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We are excited to walk with you in your discernment! You may reach out to us at any time to begin. By completing one of the steps below, there is no obligation to continue on to the next step. Each step will give you more information to aid in your discernment and will also help us get to know you better. Though you will see some deadlines below for completing each step, we recommend that you reach out much further in advance to begin, so that you have adequate time to pray and prepare for a Come & See.
Please reach out at any time with questions or to schedule a time to talk with a member of the Missionary Vocations Team.
Step 1: Discernment Inquiry Form (open anytime, complete 6+ weeks before the Come & See)
This form is for those interested in missions who would like to start the conversation with the Vocations Team and hear more about FMC. It is designed to help us get to know you and for you to begin thinking through some questions related to life in missions. Please plan on having at least thirty minutes to fill out the form.
Step 2: Phone Call with the Missionary Vocations Team (open January 15th – September 30th, 2022)
After we receive your Discernment Inquiry form, we will reach out to share more about Family Missions Company with you, hear more about where you are in your discernment and answer your questions about becoming a full-time missionary with FMC.
Step 3: Application (completed 4+ weeks before the Come & See)
By filling out the application, you are applying to become a full-time missionary or missionary family with Family Missions Company. The Application includes references and a background check.
Step 4: Come & See (see dates below)
Once we receive your Application we will review it. Then you will be sent an invitation to register for a Come & See. The Come & See is a 5 day, 4 night time of continued discernment spent at Family Missions Company in Louisiana. During the Come & See, you will have two interviews.
Step 5: Final Discernment (2-4 weeks after Come & See)
If accepted as a full-time missionary or missionary family with Family Missions Company, we ask that you take our acceptance offer to prayer and continue in discernment. Then let us know by a specific date whether or not you choose to accept our offer to be a full-time missionary or missionary family.
Come & See Dates for 2022
Monday, June 20th – Friday, June 24th, 2022
Monday, August 1st – Friday, August 5th, 2022
Wednesday, November 2nd – Sunday November 6th, 2022
In FMC, each missionary family is considered a team of their own. For single missionaries, there are men’s teams and women’s teams, usually made up of 2 – 5 people. On your team, you will follow a schedule that includes prayer, meals, ministry, and more together. There will also be time for your personal prayer, language study, home visits, homeschooling (for families), chores, time off etc. Sometimes one team may be located in the same country or area as another team, but sometimes this is not the case. New missionaries are usually sent to an area where other missionaries will be there to welcome them, or to a place where FMC has previously sent missionaries.
Applications for Intake 2022 are closed. However, you may begin reaching out at any time to discern Intake 2023.
Please note that our Application Process and Intake Timeline are much longer than in years past. The sooner you reach out to us to start the conversation, the better! Check out the new timeline for Intake below.
INTAKE 2023 TIMELINE
SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 – DEADLINE TO BEGIN APPLICATION FOR INTAKE 2023
You must begin the application process at least six weeks or more before the Come & See you are hoping to attend. All applications for the Intake 2023 year must be begun by September 23, 2022.
FEBRUARY 2023 – PART-TIME REMOTE TRAINING BEGINS
You will participate in part-time remote training from your home. This will include one or two monthly formation sessions over Zoom, plus one one-on-one phone call per month. This will also include a time of fundraising with the support of a fundraising coach.
JULY 2023 – IN-PERSON TRAINING BEGINS
In-person training is five months long at our mission in Abbeville, Louisiana. This will include a period of at least three weeks in a foreign mission post.
JANUARY 2024 – ARRIVAL TO THE MISSION POST & TWO YEAR TERM BEGINS
You will be sent out to a mission post as a full-time lay Catholic missionary with Family Missions Company for the next two years. Your first term of two years begins in January, following the completion of Intake training.