About BSVM

Our Mission

Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry, sponsored by the Sisters of Bon Secours, provides the opportunity for women and men to participate in the Sisters’ commitment to justice in radical solidarity with the poor, the suffering, and those most in need.

By sharing the Bon Secours charism of compassion, healing, and liberation, the ministry nurtures and sustains individuals in their personal and communal journeys towards transformation through service with others.

To nurture this transformative journey, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry supports individuals through a year of spiritual formation. The ministry is structured with five pillars that support this growth. Volunteers commit to: grow spiritually, develop an intentional community, live simply, practice God’s justice, and learn through service with others. Throughout this year, volunteers discover that by sharing the charism of compassion, healing, and liberation with others they, in turn, receive the charism from those they serve.


Our History

Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry (BSVM) is an extension of the work of the Sisters of Bon Secours in West Baltimore for over 150 years. The Sisters established Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry in 1999 to create a way for lay persons to share in their charism of compassion, healing, and liberation. For the past twenty plus years, the program has supported individuals throughout a year of full-time service, primarily in Baltimore, Maryland. In August 2018, the BSVM community expanded to Richmond, Virginia, as well!

Our Focus

While participating in a year of service, Bon Secours Ministry Volunteers live together in intentional community, commit to a simple lifestyle, and reflect on service and justice throughout the year. The program provides housing, medical insurance, a monthly stipend for food, household and personal needs, and access to transportation.  Volunteers share meals, prayer, social activities, and household chores.  All Bon Secours Ministry Volunteers receive an orientation and participate in three retreats during the year to enrich and deepen their service experience.

Live Compassionately, Receive and Offer Healing,  Share in Liberation.

Learn about our program pillars.