NEWS & EVENTS

Elections of the New Custos and Councillors of the Custody
The New Administration:
The Custos (The Regional Superior).... 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 at Pallottine Animation.... 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 of Late Br. Fabian D’ Souza.... 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 by the Senior Friars, .... 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, during the Minister Provincial’s .... 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. May the Spirit of Francis.... more+

All Souls Day_2017
Friars of St. Antony's Fraternity, St. Bonaventure Fraternity, St. Thomas Fraternity held special prayers at Priests' Cemetery at Sacred Heart Church,.... more+

Renewal of Vows
OFM Franciscans India - the friars of the Fraternities in Bengaluru, South India renew their religious profession on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.... 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. There was also the blessing of the Pets..... more+

Children's Camp in Salbari
OFM Franciscans in India, (St. Francis of Assisi Mission Foundation) seriving in Salbari, North East of India conduct a camp for the Children of Surrounding Villages.... more+

Congratulations to Brothers Thomas Joseph
Hearty Congratulations to Brothers Thomas Joseph OFM and Johnny Anthony OFM on the occasion of their Sacerdotal Silver.... 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 by Brothers... more+

FRANCISCAN COLORS
To speak of the color of the habits worn by Franciscans (men and women inspired by the charism of Francis of Assisi) is not an easy task... more+

Congratulations Br. Johnson
 We Congratulate Br. Johnson who has been re-elected as the SAAOC Secretary for Mission and Evangelization and also elected as the Delegate for the Plenary Council of the.. more+

Day 4 – FCAO Meeting – Updates By Br. Praveen Henry D’ Souza, the Minister Provincial
 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 – Updates By Br. Praveen Henry D’ Souza, the Minister Provincial
 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 this.. 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 at 4.30 am... 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 in India... 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 of Sultanpet... 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.” The formal announcement... more+

Postulancy
 The Postulancy for the year 2017-2018 commenced on 3rd July 2017. There are 18 Postulants for this year for the Province of St. Thomas the... more+

Nesakkaram
 Friars working In Nesakkaram have formally inaugurated A Play School for the Underprivilleged Children. This project is supported by GSFM-... 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, Chennai, INDIA. Kudos to the Parish... 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 was solemnized by Br. Baptist D'Souza... more+

Blessing of the School, 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 were present for the Blessing... 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 in North Guwahati celebrated... 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 will be celebrated on 18th June 2017... more+

Reconsidering the Habit
 The distinctive external symbol of Franciscans friars is the iconic brown habit – the tunic, hood and white cord with three knots. When someone sees someone in the... 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. In collaboration with the forest department they... more+

Renewal of Vows
 Brothers in Basic Formation renewed their Profession to the Franciscan Way of Life for another Year on 30th May 2017. We wish these Brothers Peace and perseverance more+

THE CONCLUSION OF THE GENERALISSIMO CHAPTER
 The Bull Ite vos of Pope Leo X, May 29, 1517 should have reconciled the differences that were already apparent between the Friars Minor about the way of authentically living. 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. The Cradle of Franciscans in India Palmaner was in a festive mood on 30th May 2017... 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 on 25 June 2017... more+

SPUTY
The Provincial Council for On-Going Formation is organizing a special meeting for all the SPUTY Brothers (who are Solemnly Professed Under Ten Years) of the Province. Attendance to this meeting is obligatory for these brothers. 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. We wish our brothers who will be making their pilgrimage, a Journey of Experiences. more+

Congratulations
We congratulate Br. Alex Martis on his successful completion of Doctorate in Canon Law...
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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... more+

Solemn Profession at Nanasera
Br. Ushar Kachhua, Br. Bipin Kishore & Br. Augustine Tirkey made their solemn profession on 7th May 2017... Church,... more+

Solemn Profession
Br. Arun ND & Br. Roshan Lobo made thier Solemn Profession in the Order of Friars Minor in the hands of Br. Praveen Henry D' Souza, the Minister Provincial on 4th May, at 10.30 AM St. Anthony's Friary Church, more+

STATEMENT OF THE FIRST LAY BROTHERS GATHERING IN ASIA
36 lay brothers from six entities of the East Asian Conference gathered for the historic First Lay Brothers... more+

Interview by GIUSEPPE CAFFULLI
Fr. Michael A. Perry, Minister General of the Friars Minor was in Lebanon and Syria from 4 to 7 April, visiting... more+

FRANCISCAN PERSPECTIVE OF GOVERNANCE CAN EXPAND CHURCH LEADERSHIP POOL
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For St. Francis of Assisi, following Christ meant imitating his humility and forsaking riches... more+

ST. FRANCIS’ MESSAGE TO THE SULTAN IN EGYPT
Just as St. Francis once left the Portiuncula and went to Egypt to meet the Sultan, so now Pope Francis, who was a pilgrim.. more+

Franciscan superiors ask Pope to allow brothers to be elected leaders
The superiors of the four main branches of the Franciscan friars formally asked Pope Francis for permission to allow their... more+

Children Parliament Kalai Mela – 26/3/2017
 Nesakkaram-SEEDS aims at providing opportunities to Street and Slum children for humane growth. In the last 27 years Nesakkaram......... 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+

Welcome to the 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: The Ordination to Priesthood. more+

Br. Matthias Maier, the New President of “Missionszentrale der Franziskaner” begins his visit in India
​18th February 2017. He was welcomed by Brs. Baptist D' Souza, Joseph Raj, Xavier Durairaj and Michael Anand at the Airport. Br. Matthias was formally and traditionally welcomed on the same evening by the student friars of St. Bonaventure Fraternity... more+

The Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
The Order’s Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue gathered at the General Curia from 13-17 February 2017. The Commission met to establish its agenda of activities and projects for the present sexennium, in support of the Order’s General Constitutions... more+

Grateful Felicitation for Fr. Elias ofm as he completes his term at CCBI Youth Commission
Br. Elias ofm, after having served the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India for a period of 5 years as the Executive Secretary of National Youth Commission was given an official farewell on 29 Oct 2016 at the Cathedral Church of Trivandrum ... 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 and Pradeep at the Airport. Br. Stephen will be with us for a period of six months. He will spend a few... 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 Heart Province USA but born in Mexico. He has been a missionary for 18 years in different countries ... 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 in celebrating the Sacraments, in proclaiming the Gospel and in consecrating your life to God for the good of the ... 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 talk by the Minister General. He highlighted the role of the ministers in the animation of the province and order... 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 on record its gratitude to Br. Davis Kallookaran for his zeal and zealous in building up the Fraternity at Ahmsen ... 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. During his stay, he will be visiting the various projects ... whole Order to together offer our commitment of prayer... 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 of students later to learn about India and its relgions and cultures... 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 Provincial of Br. Tulio who is here in India for almost 10 months... 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 of MZF with the traditional shawl. Br. Praveen gave a presentation on the Franciscan Presence in India. 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. He says that he has been very much inspired by the life and mission of the Friars in India... 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 mostly from the Diocese of Coimbatore (16 Parishes) and of Calicut (5 parishes). Rev. Peter Abir Antonisamy  is its first bishop. The Diocese has 25 Parishes... 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 experience. During his stay in India, he visited a number of friaries in the Province, Custody and the Foundation. He extends his heartfelt gratitude... 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 by Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Poola, Bishop of Karnool. We thank Br. Prasad Papabathuni and Br. Madhu Sudhan Reddy for their hard work... 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. Madhavaram, Nesakkaram and Nesavanam were not spared from the effects of Vardha. Nesavanam has been badly hit... more+

Congratulations
Br. Francis Kaviyil is appointed as the Guardian, Missionszentrale der Franziskaner, Bonn. We wish him all God’s blessings and guidance in his new responsibility as the Guardian...
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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; I am grateful for their sensitivity and the commitment. Also, I want to continue encouraging the whole Order to together offer our commitment of prayer... 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 of fidelity and devotion. All of these are firmly grounded in our Franciscan Gospel tradition and concern ... 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 in Austria where Br. Balraj resides. They are arriving in India on 26 November... more+

Minister Provincial’s Visit to Chennai
Br. Praveen D’ Souza, the Minister Provincial along with Br. Xavier Durairaj, the Provincial Definitor, visited the brothers in Chennai on 27October. The Minister Provincial was facilitated during the Eucharist. He also met the OFS members.. more+

Minister Provincial’s Visit to the Postulancy
Br. Praveen D’ Souza, the Minister Provincial along with Br. Xavier Durairaj, the Provincial Definitor, visited the brothers in Madurai on 26 October. The Minister Provincial met the postulants who felicitated the Minister Provincial during a short.. more+

Minister Provincial’s Visit to Dindigul
Br. Praveen D’ Souza, the Minister Provincial along with Br. Xavier Durairaj, the Provincial Definitor, visited the brothers in Dindigul on 25 October. The new Parish Priest of Santhanamatha Parish, Ramayanpatty Br. Irudayaraj was introduced.. 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. They visited the brothers in North Guwahati, Salbari and Nongjri.. more+

Peace and Perseverance
The Provincial Definitory wishes “Peace and Perseverance” to the brothers who renewed their Profession on the Feast day of our Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi. May the Spirit of Francis accompany us as we live our life.. 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 of St. Francis of Assisi extend its heartfelt gratitude to Br. Benny for all the services that he rendered.. more+

Meeting with the Outgoing Provincial Definitory
The incoming and outgoing Provincial Definitory met together at the Provincialate, St. Anthony’s Friary, Bengaluru on 7 October. It was a fraternal event that provided room for sharing immediate concerns of the Province, giving.. 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. Friar Sathiyan ofm. cap as the animator helped the newly elected team to know oneself and others sharing.. more+

St. Francis of Assisi


FRAIRS B'DAYS (December)

Abraham Vadana
5 / December / 1946

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery
5 / December / 1969

Baptist D' Souza
6 / December / 1975

Anil Kerketta
9 / December / 1980

Vincent Soosai
13 / December / 1970

Anand Suresh Minj
13 / December / 1987

Nideesh M. John
13 / December / 1983

Paul K.L.
16 / December / 1952

Varghese Lakra
17 / December / 1977

Ajit Kerketta
18 / December / 1976

James Kallaracken
19 / December / 1942

Francis Agnello Rozario
22 / December / 1966

Kulandaisamy M.
23 / December / 1958

Emmanuel Christopher
24 / December / 1992

Mukti P. Ekka
25 / December / 1973

Tony D' Souza
26 / December / 1962

Sleeva Reddy
31 / December / 1968