ABOUT US

Origin and Charism of the Order
The Order of Friars Minor founded by St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) is a fraternity. In this fraternity the friars follow Jesus Christ more closely under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; through profession they dedicate themselves totally to God whom they love above all, living the Gospel in the Church according to the form observed and proposed by St. Francis. Friars, as followers of St. Francis, are bound to lead a radically evangelical life, namely: to live in a spirit of prayer and devotion and in fraternal fellowship; they are to offer a witness of penance and minority; and, in charity towards all mankind, they are to announce the Gospel throughout the whole world and to preach reconciliation, peace and justice by their deeds; and to show respect for creation.

OFM in India
The Dutch Franciscans started the first house in Bangalore, India in1948. Our Province was restructured in 2008 and created two more entities in India, with a Region in North India and a Foundation in North East India.

Vision
We, as the Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, are a part of a worldwide Brotherhood with International and Intercultural dimensions. We are called to give greater quality to our vocation through a joyful and vibrant witness to the Gospel among all peoples, in fraternity and minority.

Types of Apostolate
Our Apostolate consists mainly of Parish ministry, School, Social Institutions like Boys Homes, ITI, Preaching ministries, Ashram ministry etc. Entities
The Province of St. Thomas, the Apostle in India, consists of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. The dependent Custody (Region) of Mary, the Mother of God consists of the states of Goa, Maharashtra, M.P, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Orissa. The dependent Foundation of St. Francis of Assisi in North East India consists of Assam and the other States of the North East. At the moment, we have our apostolate and mission work in Assam




St. Francis of Assisi


FRAIRS B'DAYS (February)

Tomy Palackal
2 / February / 1974

Vijay Minj
2 / February / 1979

Gali Bal Reddy
2 / February / 1995

Thomas A.
4 / February / 1972

Vinod Kujur
4 / February / 1985

Sahaya Dhas J.
6 / February / 1980

Madhu Sudhan Reddy
6 / February / 1986

Francis Xavier
12 / February / 1970

Alphonse
14 / February / 1996

Praveen Henry D' Souza
15 / February / 1977

Regi Mathew
20 / February / 1973

Lalith Kujur
22 / February / 1978

Xavier Durairaj
23 / February / 1975

Vilas Correia
23 / February / 1973

Wilson Paul Nattalil
27 / February / 1970

Amaladass Manickam
28 / February / 1954