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 (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