Friars & Holy Land

In 1291, the city of St. Jean d’Acre — the last remaining Crusader stronghold — fell into Muslim hands. The Franciscans of the Holy Land found refuge in Cyprus, yet they returned to the area less than four decades later. Since 1333, Franciscan friars have served as custodians of the region’s holy places. Today, the friars ministering in the Holy Land are in: Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and the islands of Cyprus and Rhodes. There are more than 300 friars in these lands, working in collaboration with 100 sisters from various congregations. The Franciscans serve the principal shrines of the Christian faith, among them the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Annunciation in Nazareth. The work of the friars includes support of schools and missions in the Holy Land, as well as caring for refugees and other marginalized people throughout the region.

St. Francis of Assisi


FRAIRS B'DAYS (August)

Balaswamy Gundiga
1 / August / 1978

T.S Leo Max
2 / August / 1995

Julius Arul Rayan
3 / August / 1974

Praveen Roshan Toppo
4 / August / 1982

Ravi Bara
4 / August / 1995

Benedict Gomes
6 / August / 1997

Augustine Tirkey
6 / August / 1989

Jesu Maharaja
14 / August / 1975

Pasala Showri Raju
14 / August / 1987

Arok Sundar Sebastian
15 August 1951

Vijay Amirtharaj A.
21 / August / 1979

Bhaskar Reddy
22 / August / 1973

Stephen Arun S.
23 / August / 1994

Arun Devasia Nattalil
25 / August / 1991

Akshay Showry Raj
25 / August / 1994

Joseph Kishan
27 / August / 1995

Fidelis D' Lima
28 / August / 1939

Arockia Raj R.
30 / August / 1959