Franciscan Volunteer Ministry Still Accepting Applications

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PHILADELPHIA — As of Monday, the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry, based here, has seven confirmed volunteers for the 2010 to 2011 year. Additionally, three current FVMs are being interviewed for consideration as second-year volunteers.

With still more applicants to be interviewed, director Katie Sullivan said, “I believe we will easily reach our goal of 12 FVMs for the coming year.” This allows teams of four to serve in each of our three ministry sites — Philadelphia, Camden, N.J., and Wilmington, Del.

Thus far, each FVM hails from a different college: Duke in North Carolina, Eastern Illinois, Le Moyne in New York, Marquette in Wisconsin, Ohio State, Valparaiso in Indiana and West Virginia Wesleyan.

Sullivan added, “In the midst of preparations for the new year, we are relishing our time with the 2009 to 2010 FVMs. They are wonderful and bring great vitality, compassion, desire to learn, and faith to our communities. We are indeed blessed.”

FVM promoter Matthew Johnson said all 12 current FVMs plan to attend the annual St. Francis Inn Block Party, which is June 13.

The Franciscan Volunteer Ministry accepts applications on a rolling basis until all ministry positions have been filled. When most incoming positions have been filled, Sullivan along with friar site supervisors John C. Coughlin, OFM, Michael Duffy, OFM, and Christopher Posch, OFM, begin the placement process.