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The Franciscan friars of St. Thomas the Apostle, India are members of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscan brotherhood), founded in the 13th century by St. Francis of Assisi. As brothers in community we live out the Good News of Jesus Christ in a spirit of obedience, without personal possessions and in chastity. We serve the People of God as Catholic Priests and brothers promoting justice, peace and care of creation.


Pope Francis


Micheal Perry OFM





News & Updates

  • Guardians' and Formators' Training Programme
    Br. Casare and Br. Sinisa animated a Training Programme for the Guardians and Formators at Assisivanam, Peravoor... more+
  • Feast at St. Mary's Church, Chipplithode
    OFM Franciscans, India Serving in St. Mary's Church, Chippilithode, Kozhikode. Kerala., celebrating the Feasts of of St.Sebastian,... more+
  • Philatelic Exhibition
    Br. Tom John OFM, Franciscan India, is conducting a Philatelic Exhibition at St.Joseph's School Kalpetta from Jan 25-28, 2018.Time to 5 pm... more+
  • Guests from Germany
    The Guests from Ahmsen, Germany led by Brs. Vijay Amirtharaj and Baikim Minj visited India and some of our friaries in India. The guests... more+
  • Bon Voyage
    The Diocese of Osnabruck has extended yet another possibility of Brothers from India ministering in the diocese. This is another opportunity... more+
  • Hearty Welcome
    Br. Hans Peter Bartels, a member of the Province of the Holy Martyrs of Gorcum, the Netherlands is arriving in India on 12 February 2018... more+
  • Jubilee Celebrations – 2018
    BIRTHDAYS – 50 Years
    Thaddeus Baxla 26.04.1968
    Sagaya Soosairaj, A. 25.09.1968 more+
  • Plenary Council Province
    The Plenary Council of the Province will take place in Assisivanam, Peravoor from the morning of 27th April 2018 to the evening of 30th April 2018... more+
  • Benefactors’ day
    Benefactors’ Day was organized on 5th January 2018 at St. Anthony’s Friary, Bengaluru. This programme is organized to show our gratitude... more+
  • Plenary Assembly of the Foundation
    The Plenary Assembly of the Foundation was held from 08 to 09 of January 2018 at St. Anthony’s Friary, North Guwahati. The theme for the plenary assembly... more+
  • Ordinations
    Br. Nathaniel Tirkey was ordained to the Order of Priesthood on 10 January 2018, by Most. Rev. Thomas Pullopillil DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Bongaigoan... more+
  • Elections of the New Custos and Councillors of the Custody
    The New Administration:
    The Custos (The Regional Superior)
    Br. Carlos Dias.... more+
  • Congratulations!
    Br. Naveen George has been appointed as a Member of the Preparatory Commission for the Chapter of Friars Under Ten at Taize (7-15, July 2019).... more+
  • Custodial Chapter – 2017
    The Custodial Chapter of Mary Mother of God will be celebrated from the evening of 20 November 2017 to the afternoon of 24 November 2017.... more+
  • JPIC Meeting in Seoul, South Korea
    JPIC Meeting in Seoul, South Korea From October 9 to 14, 2017 the animators of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC).... more+
  • St. Anthony’s Bread Centre, St. Louis Friary, Palmaner
    The Fraternity of St. Louis Friary in Palmaner has begun St. Anthony’s Bread Centre to feed the needy in loving memory.... more+
  • Senior Friars’ Meet
    The Meeting of the Senior Friars was held from September 19 to 21, at Assisivanam, Peravoor. The Meet was well participated .... more+
  • Plenary Council 2018 and the Visit of the Minister General
    Though it was announced in the Provincial Communication (ProvComm 10-17-09/09) that the Plenary Council of the Province will be from February 5 – 8, 2018,.... more+
  • Peace and Perseverance
    We wish “Peace and Perseverance” to the brothers who renewed their Profession on the Feast day of our Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi.... more+
  • All Souls Day_2017
    Friars of St. Antony's Fraternity, St. Bonaventure Fraternity, St. Thomas Fraternity held special prayers at Priests'... more+
  • Renewal of Vows
    OFM Franciscans India - the friars of the Fraternities in Bengaluru, South India renew their religious profession on the feast... more+
  • St. Anthony's Bread Centre in Palmaner
    OFM Franciscans India serving in Palmaner, Andhra Pradesh begin a Bread Centre to feed the Poor in loving memory... more+
  • Feast of Francis in Bellary
    OFM Franciscans India serving in Dharmodaya Seva Ashram, Bellary, Karnataka Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi... more+
  • Transitus
    OFM Franciscans India serving in North Guwahati, St. Francis of Assisi Mission Foundation, celebrate the Feast of St. Francis.... more+
  • Blessing the Pets
    OFM Franciscans India serving at St. Anthony's Friary Church, Bengaluru celebrated the Feast of Francis of Assisi in the Parish... more+
  • Children's Camp in Salbari
    OFM Franciscans in India, (St. Francis of Assisi Mission Foundation) seriving in Salbari, North East of India conduct... more+
  • Congratulations to Brothers Thomas Joseph
    Hearty Congratulations to Brothers Thomas Joseph OFM and Johnny Anthony OFM on the occasion of their Sacerdotal... more+
  • Bible Sunday at St. John De Britto Church, Madurai
    St. John De Britto Parish Chruch in Madurai, celebrating Bible Sunday led by Br. Vinoth Robin OFM, Parish Priest... more+
  • Parish Feast
    Flag hosting to celebrate the Feast of St. Theresa of Child Jesus at Kanakankalam Parish in Palakad diocese led by Br. Arok Sundar OFM... more+
  • Br. Jan Ter Maat
    Br. Jan Ter Maat (38 Years) a member of the Province of the Holy Martyrs of Gorcum, the Netherlands arrived in India on 21 September 2017.... more+
  • The Senior Friars Meet in the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle
    The Senior Friars Meet in the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, India was well participated by the Senior Friars, well planned and executed... more+
    To speak of the color of the habits worn by Franciscans (men and women inspired by the charism of Francis of Assisi) ... more+
  • Mumbai Rains: When good samaritans kept city going providing free food and shelter
    Similarly, Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel at Sion provided water, food, shelter and medicines to about 500 people... more+
  • Congratulations to Br. Johnson MV
    One of the main agenda of the FCAO – Ministers meeting was to select the delegates for the Plenary Council of the Order... more+
  • Plenary Assembly of the Foundation
    The Plenary Assembly of the Foundation of St. Francis of Assisi, North East India, gathered in St. Clare’s Friary, Salbari... more+
  • Congratulations Br. Johnson
    We Congratulate Br. Johnson who has been re-elected as the SAAOC Secretary for Mission and Evangelization and also.. more+
  • Day 4 – FCAO Meeting
    This day was a very memorable day. The Conferences kept this day aside for a day of Outing. The Minister Provincial of Indonesia.. more+
  • Day 3 – FCAO Meeting
    We began our day little late. We had mass at 7 am followed by breakfast. Friar Gonza (he actually has a very long name and.. more+
  • Women-Sangaman-2017
    Upcoming Women-Sangaman-2017 on 15 July 2017 in Chennai Organized by Nesakkaram, an NGO mananged and run by OFM friars.. more+
  • Day 2 – FCAO Meeting – Updates By Br. Praveen Henry D’ Souza, the Minister Provincial
    It's Indonesia and the day begins much earlier here. We had the second day beginning at 6am with Mass and Prayer. Friar Carlos... more+
  • FCAO Meeting begins in Jakarta, Indonesia
    We began the day very early on 10th July 2017. Our rising was very early at 4 am to be precise. We went to the friary... more+
  • Continental Congress For Formators In Jakarta
    The mass presider was Fr. Shaji Nicolas OFM, Secretary for Formation and Studies of the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle... more+
  • Mission begins at Kanakankulam in the Diocese of Sultanpet
    Friars (OFM) of the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, India take charge of the Parish of Kanakankulam in the Diocese... more+
  • Provincialate - St. Thomas Fraternity
    The House of the Provincialate of the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, India is named as “St. Thomas Fraternity....” more+
  • Postulancy
    The Postulancy for the year 2017-2018 commenced on 3rd July 2017. There are 18 Postulants for this year for the Province... more+
  • Nesakkaram
    Friars working In Nesakkaram have formally inaugurated A Play School for the Underprivilleged Children. This project... more+
  • ONE LOVE- Gospel Concert
    ONE LOVE- Gospel Concert in Tamil and English held on Saturday 10th June 2017, at Sr. Sebastian's Church, Madhavaram... more+
  • Feast of St. Anthony, Friary, Bengaluru
    The Three communities in the campus of St. Anthony's Friary came together and celebrated the Feast. The Eucharist... more+
  • St. Francis of School - Hyderabad
    The new school building was blessed by Br. Tom MM, Guardian of Shalom Friary. Br. Prasad P, Br. Prasanna and Br. Bhaskar... more+
  • The Feast of St. Anthony, North Guwahati
    The Feast of St. Anthony was celebrated with great festivities in North Guwahati. The Antonians of S. Anthony's Schhol... more+
  • Feast of St. Anthony
    The Annual Feast of St. Anthony commenced with the Flag Hoisting on 9th June 2017. The Novena has begun and the Feast... more+
  • Reconsidering the Habit
    The distinctive external symbol of Franciscans friars is the iconic brown habit – the tunic, hood and white cord with... more+
  • World Environment Dayin Chundel
    After the long unbearable, dry summer days the youth of St. Jude' s Parish in Chundel is determined to go green... more+
  • Renewal of Vows
    Brothers in Basic Formation renewed their Profession to the Franciscan Way of Life for another Year on 30th May 2017... more+
    The Bull Ite vos of Pope Leo X, May 29, 1517 should have reconciled the differences that were already apparent between the Friars Minor... more+
  • Entry In The Order of Friars Minor and First Profession in the Order of Friars Minor.
    The Franciscans in India are once again blessed with Brothers for the Order... more+
  • Sultanpet
    Br. Arok Sundar and Br. Peter Saleth Nathan will take charge of the Parish of St. Theresa of Child Jesus, Kanakankalam in the diocese of Sultanpet... more+
    The Provincial Council for On-Going Formation is organizing a special meeting for all the SPUTY Brothers (who are Solemnly Professed... more+
  • Holy Land Pilgrimage
    Br. Praveen Henry D Souza, Br. Joseph Raj, Br. Bryan Carneiro leave for Holy Land on 9th May 2017 and return on 21st May 2017 ... more+
  • Congratulations
    We congratulate Br. Alex Martis on his successful completion of Doctorate in Canon Law... more+

  • Solemn Profession at Ramnagar, Hyderabad.
    Br. Anthony Mathew Joseph made his solemn profession on 7th May 2017 at 9. 15 AM, St. Francis Assisi Church, Ramnagar, Hyderabad. more+
  • Solemn Profession at North Guwahati
    Br. Shanborlang Wartde made his solemn profession on 8th May 2017 at 6.00 PM, St. Anthony's Friary, North Guwahati, Assam. more+
  • Solemn Profession at Nanasera
    Br. Ushar Kachhua, Br. Bipin Kishore & Br. Augustine Tirkey made their solemn profession on 7th May 2017 at 8.00 AM, St. Francis Assisi Church,... more+
  • Solemn Profession
    Br. Arun ND & Br. Roshan Lobo made thier Solemn Profession in the Order...
    36 lay brothers from six entities of the East Asian Conference gathered... more+
  • Interview by GIUSEPPE CAFFULLI
    Fr. Michael A. Perry, Minister General of the Friars Minor was in Lebanon... more+
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For St. Francis of Assisi, following Christ meant... more+
    ust as St. Francis once left the Portiuncula and went to Egypt to meet... more+
  • Franciscan superiors ask Pope to allow brothers to be elected leaders
    The superiors of the four main branches of the Franciscan friars formally ... more+
  • Children Parliament Kalai Mela – 26/3/2017
    news & events/children_par_sml.JPG Nesakkaram-SEEDS aims at providing opportunities to Street and Slum children for humane growth. In the last 27 years Nesakkaram has reached... more+
  • Art student priests argue for freedom of expression
    Among the 33 graduating scholars who displayed their works at a show titled ‘Labyrinth’ at RLV College of Music and Fine Arts... more+
  • Br. Balraj Madanu is No More
    With great sadness, we inform you that Fr. Bal Raj OFM has passed away today - Sunday 05. March 2017, after celebrating... more+
  • soft launch of the new website of the Order of Friars Minor
    We are thrilled to share with you our newly redesigned website, with a clean new look and simpler navigation experience... more+
  • Peace and Perseverance Br. Deen Dayal
    The Province extends its hearty congratulations and wishes you Peace and Perseverance on the important day of your life... more+
  • Br. Matthias Maier, begins his visit in India
    18th February 2017. He was welcomed by Brs. Baptist D' Souza, Joseph Raj, Xavier Durairaj and Michael Anand... more+
  • The Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
    The Order’s Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue gathered at the General Curia... more+
  • Grateful Felicitation for Fr. Elias ofm
    Br. Elias ofm, after having served the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India for a period of 5 years as the Executive Secretary ... more+
  • Welcome to Br. Stephen Jae in Kim
    Br. Stephen, Jae in Kim arrived in India on 2nd February 2017 for an Exposure Programme in India. He was welcomed by Brs. Michael Anand ... more+
  • Hearty Welcome to Br. Jesus Aguirre
    We have Br. Jesus Aguirre visiting us. He is arriving on 19th January 2017 and will be there till 26th evening. He belongs to the Sacred ... more+
  • Congratulations to Br. Phyrnai Lyngdoh
    The Province extends to you hearty congratulations on the important day of your life: The Ordination to Priesthood. May God sustain you ... more+
  • Meeting of the Newly elected Provincials in Rome
    We had a simple introductory session on the first day (video and photos we can see in the website). The second day we had the introductory ... more+
  • Welcome to Br. Davis Kallookaran
    We extend hearty welcome to Br. Davis Kallookaran who will be returning to India on 17th of March 2017. The Provincial Definitory places ... more+
  • Welcome to Br. Mathias, The President of MZF
    Br. Matthias Maier, The President of MZF is visiting India. He will be here in India from 18th February 2017 to 10th March 2017... more+
  • Welcome to Br. Paul O Keefe
    Br. PauL O Keefe from USA will be visiting India from 2nd to 13th February 2017. He is coming to India in view of bringing a group ... more+
  • Welcome to Br. Marco Aurelio da Cruz
    Br. Marco Aurelio da Cruz, the Minister Provincial of Most Holy Name of Jesus, Brazil will be in India from 16-19 January 2017. He is the Minister... more+
  • The Minister Provincial Greets the President of MZF
    Br. Praveen Henry D’ Souza, the Minister Provincial arrived in Germany on 5th January 2017. He greeted Br. Matthias Maier, the President... more+
  • Farewell to Br. Tulio de Oliveira Freitas
    Br. Tulio returns to Brazil along with his Provincial . He is very thankful to all the brothers in India for their welcome and hospitality... more+
  • Invitation from the Bishop of Sultanpet Diocese
    The Latin Catholic Diocese of Sultanpet, Palakkad, Kerala, was erected on 28th December 2013. This new diocese is divided... more+
  • Farewell to Br. Ben Bolmer
    Br. Ben Bolmer was in India for nearly three months. He returns to the Netherlands on 20th December 2016 after a memorable... more+
  • Inauguration of Chapel at Krishnapuram, Gospadu
    The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Krishnapuram, a substation of Parish of Gospadu will be blessed on 20th December... more+
  • Manager of Together
    Br. Christopher has been appointed as the Manager of Together and we wish him all the best in his new responsibility... more+
  • Vardha strikes Nesavanam
    Cyclone Vardha has struck Chennai, and wreaked havoc on life and property in various parts of the City disrupting the normal life... more+
  • Congratulations
    Br. Francis Kaviyil is appointed as the Guardian, Missionszentrale der Franziskaner, Bonn. We wish him all God’s blessings and guidance... more+
  • Message on the Occasion of The World Aids Day 2016 By Br. Michael A. Perry, OFM
    In the diverse presences of the order there are communities that for over 20 years have been working faithfully and devoutly in this field... more+
  • Guidelines for An Evalution Of Our Life Of Poverty and Minority
    The document invites us to focus on four areas: being ‘Lesser Ones’; living Gospel Poverty; being poor amongst the poor; and working in a spirit... more+
  • Hearty Welcome to Br. P. Alexander & Br. Balraj
    Br. P. Alexander from the Province of Austria will be visiting India along with Br. Balraj. Br. P. Alexander is the Guardian of the Community... more+
  • Minister Provincial’s Visit to North East
    Br. Praveen D’ Souza, the Minister Provincial along with Br. Charles Bernard visited the Foundation from 20 to 23 October.. more+
  • Peace and Perseverance
    The Provincial Definitory wishes “Peace and Perseverance” to the brothers who renewed their Profession on the Feast.. more+
  • Bon Voyage Br. Bienvenido Baisas, The Delegate General
    The entire Province of St. Thomas the Apostle together with the Custody of Mary the Mother of God and the Foundation.. more+
  • Meeting with the Outgoing Provincial Definitory
    The incoming and outgoing Provincial Definitory met together at the Provincialate, St. Anthony’s Friary, Bengaluru.. more+
  • A Day of Animation for the Provincial Definitory
    The Provincial Definitory participated in a day of animation on 6 October at Shalom Nivas, Carmaelaram, Bengaluru.. more+



St. Francis of Assisi


Rev Fr. Praveen


Bipin Kishore Kandulna
3 / March / 1990

Joy Prakash
4 / March / 1948

Felix A.
5 / March / 1998

Sujit Ganji
9 / March / 1988

Avinash Kujur
12 / March / 1995

Nichol John
12 / March / 1992

Eugene A.
13 / March / 1984

Jayapal Dwarakonda
14 / March / 1979

Joseph Raj
16 / March / 1987

Basil Tirkey
17/ March / 1984

Johnvinzen Lyngdoh
18 / March / 1987

Bobby V.T.
22 / March / 1963

Santhosh Ekka
26 / March / 1978

Babu Jose Pamplany
27 / March / 1966

Ajit Kumar Dung Dung
28 / March / 1977

Paul Kallan
30 / March / 1961