OFM Franciscans - India

News & Events

Novena to St Francis of Assisi - Day 4

MINORITY
4th Day –28th September
Hymn: Prayer before the Crucifix
Glorious God, from heaven’s height,
See my heart, how drab and dark.
Show your lantern, shed your light,
Touch my darkness with your spark.
Give your faith to lead me right,
Hope to firm my tired knee,
Perfect love to aid my sight
And profound humility.

Give me wisdom for the way
And perception guiding still,
All I want is night and day
Walk your pathways, do your will.

Ant. 1 No one should be called Prior, but all generally should be called Friars Minor.  And the one should wash the feet of the others .(ER VI 3-4)

Psalm 116:1-9

I love the Lord for he has heard
The cry of my appeal;
For he turned his ear to me
In the day when I called him.

They surrounded me, the snares of death,
With the anguish of the tomb;
They caught me, sorrow and distress.
I called on the Lord’s name.
O Lord, my God, deliver me!

How gracious is the Lord, and just;
Our God has compassion.
The Lord protects the simple hearts;
I was helpless so he saved me.

Turn back, my soul, to your rest
For the Lord has been good;
He has kept my soul from death,
My eyes from tears
And my feet from stumbling.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Ant. 1 No one should be called Prior, but all generally should be called Friars Minor.  And the one should wash the feet of the others .(ER VI 3-4)
Ant. 2 “Know, my sons, that poverty is the special way to salvation; its fruits are manifold, but it is really well known only to a few” (2Cel 200).
Psalm 131
O Lord, my heart is not proud
Nor haughty my eyes.
I have not gone after things too great
Nor marvels beyond me.

Truly I have set my soul
In silence and peace.
As a child has rest in its mother’s arms,
Even so my soul.

O Israel, hope in the Lord
Both now and forever.

Ant. 2 “Know, my sons, that poverty is the special way to salvation; its fruits are manifold, but it is really well known only to a few” (2Cel 200).

Ant. 3 As followers of Jesus Christ, “Who humbled himself, even to accepting death”, and faithful to our specific calling as Minors, we, the friars are to go through the world “in joy and gladness” as the servants and subjects of all, being peaceful and humble of heart.  (GGCC 64)
Canticle: Philippians 2:6-11 Christ, God’s holy servant
Though he was in the form of God,
Jesus did not deem equality with God
Something to be grasped at.

Rather, he emptied himself
And took the form of a slave,
Being born in the likeness of men.

He was known to be of human estate,
And it was thus that he humbled himself,
Obediently accepting even death,
Death on a cross!

Because of this,
God highly exalted him
And bestowed on him the name
Above every other name,

So that at Jesus’ name
Every knee must bend
In the heavens, on the earth,
And under the earth,
And every tongue proclaim
To the glory of God the Father:
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

Ant. 3 As followers of Jesus Christ, “Who humbled himself, even to accepting death”, and faithful to our specific calling as Minors, we, the friars are to go through the world “in joy and gladness” as the servants and subjects of all, being peaceful and humble of heart.  (GGCC 64)

Scripture Reading (2Cor 8:8-9, 11-15)

This is not a command; I make known to you the determination of others to show you the sincerity of their fraternal concern. You know well the generosity of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Although he was rich, he made himself poor to make you rich through his poverty.
Responsory (1C 38)
V/ I want this fraternity to be called the Order of Lesser brothers.
R/ I want this fraternity to be called the Order of Lesser brothers.
V/ In this way they will merit to be grounded on the solid rock of true humility.
R/ I want this fraternity to be called the Order of Lesser brothers.
V/ Glory be to the Father...
R/ I want this fraternity to be called the Order of Lesser brothers.

Magnificart Ant. In order that we may follow more closely and express more clearly the self-emptying of the Saviour, we, the friars are to have the life and condition of the little ones in society, always living among others as minors. (GGCC 66)

Intercessions

Let us pray to the Lord, our God, who in spite of his richness, chose to be poor among us that he may give us the grace to follow him closely in his footsteps.
All: Lord, fill us with your Spirit that we may become truly poor.
For the sake of the fidelity to the Lord, Francis chose to reject the ‘status’ which was his in order to live among those who were excluded and make himself one of them.
ALL: Lord, make us poor to be rich in charity.
“They must rejoice when they live among people considered of little value and who are looked down upon, people such as the poor and the powerless, the sick and the lepers, and the beggars by the wayside.” (ER IX:2)
ALL: Lord, help us to live as minors among the minors.
To be minor is to “arrive at being” progressively smaller and smaller, in conformity with the poor crucified Christ.
ALL: Lord, give your grace to strip ourselves progressively of our self, so as to restore all good to you, to whom it belongs.
Minor is your name, let it also characterize your actions.
ALL: Lord, help us to “refound” minority in our fraternities and in the province at large and to look for concrete ways of carrying it out.
We are not brothers when one places himself above the others
ALL: Lord, help us to live as lesser brothers in our fraternities serving one another in fraternal love.
Our Father...
Concluding Prayer
God, Our Father, give us the same spirit with which you inspired St. Francis and His brothers to live as a Fraternity of minors, as poor and in solidarity with the poor, as pilgrims and stranger, walking the streets of the world in the footprints of Jesus in order to proclaim the value of every human being and every creature by their radical commitment to live the spirit of minority. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Hymn to St. Francis
Our Father is of noble fame
A knight of God’s creation
His royal splendour we proclaim
With boundless exultation

Ref. A knight of God’s own stride
Our leader and our guide.
Saint Francis, we are proud to be
God’s knights like onto thee.

His armour is simplicity
A beggar’s grab he taketh.
A symbol of humility
No foe will ever break it.

His chosen spouse is poverty
His love through all the ages,
A lady of nobility
For her his wars he wages.
Br. Rajasekhar Gopu
OFM Franciscans India

 

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ST. FRANCIS

ST. FRANCIS

FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (May)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

Arulsamy A.

Mesia Elias Moses M.

Arvind Kerketta

Benedict Gomes

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1991

1999

2005

2008

03

Charles Arulanandam

Alwyn D’ Souza

Birth

Ordination

1978

2006

04

Davis Kallookaran

Tommy T.J.

Arockiasamy P.

Thomas Manakuzhiyil

Saji P. Mathew

Arun Devasia Nattalil

Roshan Lobo

Francis Michael Velcy Barreto

Birth

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Birth

1950

1959

2002

2004

2004

2017

2017

1992

05

Mathew Koottumkal

Jesu Maharajah G.

Peter Saleth Nathan J.

Andrew Thomas

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Birth

1999

2010

2010

1997

06

Jayaseelan P.R.

Fulgence Ekka

Thaddeus Baxla

+ Leopold Vaz

Xavier Durairaj

Manoj Xalxo

Baikim Chadra Minj

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1970

1997

1997

2000

2009

2012

2012

07

Vincent Soosai

Salim Baxla

Augustine Tirkey

A.J.Mathew Joseph

Bipin Kishore Kandulna

Ushar Kachhua

Ordination

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1999

2011

2017

2017

2017

2017

08

Julius Arul Rayan

Robin Lakra

Ajith Kerketta

Shanborlang Wartde

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Solemn Vows

2004

2007

2011

2017

09

Joy K.D.

Fabianus Toppo

Deen Dayal

Birth

Ordination

Birth

1970

2008

1983

10

+ Clement Griffith

Alwyn D’ Souza

Lourdu Augustine

Hemant Xess

Home

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Ordination

1950

2001

2001

2006

11

Gabriel Mathias

Joseph Raj M.

Baptist D’ Souza

Praveen Henry D’ Souza

Salim Baxla

Ajit Kerketta

Anil Xalxo

Anil Xalxo

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Ordination

1974

2003

2003

2003

2008

2008

2008

2011

12

Ignatius Baa

Fulgence Ekka

Jose Palimattom

+ Baptist van de Sande

Vilas Baptist Correia

Salvador D’Souza

Birth

Solemn Vows

Ordination

Home

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1970

1994

1999

2001

2007

2007

13

Shaju Paliyathil

Jesu Maharajah G.

Birth

Ordination

1967

2012

14

Kulandaisamy M.

Felix Vijay M.

Nijil Chiramel

Leos Ekka

Malom-Noatoli – Church

Simon A.

Birth

Birth

Birth

Ordination

Blessing

Ordination

1958

1983

1986

1994

2006

2011

15

Alwyn D’ Souza

Mukti Prakash Ekka

Fabianus Toppo

Baptist D’Souza

Santosh Ekka

Birth

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Ordination

Ordination

1975

2004

2005

2007

2010

16

Simon Pinto

+ Paul Ryan

+ Egbert Barnes

Jerome Kispotta

Prasad Papabathuni

Joy K.D.

Naveen George

+ Bala Sundar Raj

Peter Shashikanth Reddy G.

Birth

Home

Home

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Ordination

Home

Birth

1952

1958

1985

1994

1995

1995

2011

2011

1996

17

Balthazar Pinto

Anthony Pushparaj

Arokiam John

Charles Arulanandam

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1990

2007

2007

2007

18

Bryan Carneiro

Arvind Kerketta

Birth

Solemn Vows

1969

2003

19

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

Jugal Kishore Lakra

Ordination

Solemn Vows

1999

2002

20

+ Thomas Province - INDIA

Bernardine of Siena

Pradeep Kalliath

Matthew Koottumkal

Jayaseelan P.R.

Jamesmon P.C.

Thomas A.

Joy Valooran

Sushil Beck

Joy (George) Sebastian

Xavier Durairaj

Santosh Ekka

John Sekar

Alangara Boniface

Foundation

Feast

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Birth

1948


1977

1998

1998

1998

1998

1999

2001

2007

2007

2007

2007

1989

21



Thaddeus Baxla

Ajit Kumar Dung Dung

Lalith Kujur

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Ordination

1995

2006

2012

22

Guwahati Mission

Sandesh Manuel

Balaswamy Gundiga

Benedict Gomes

Vijay kAmirtharaj A.

Foundation

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1996

2004

2005

2005

2005

23

Anthony Alex Martis

Solemn Vows

2004

24

Dedication of the Basilica of St. Francis

Pradeep Kalliath

Feast


Solemn Vows



2004

25

Jose Palimattom

Sleeva Reddy

Vincent Soosai

Matthew Koottumkal

Johnson M.V.

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

Joy Valooran

Tojy Mandapathil

Mesia Elias Moses M.

Anthony Roobandass A.

Arokiam John

Charles Arulanandam

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1990

1990

1990

1990

1991

1991

1991

1991

1991

2004

2004

2004

27

Basil Lobo

Varghese Lakra

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

2001

2007

28

Jerome Kispotta

Fulgence Ekka

Cajetan Lourenco

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Sagaya Soosairaj

Singarayar A.

Prasad Papabathuni

Thaddeus Baxla

Joy K.D.

Assisi Bhavan, Chippilithode

Phyrnai Lyngdoh

Madhu Sudhan Reddy

Deen Dayal

Nathaniel vTirkey

Jesu Raja A.

Johnvinzen Lyngdoh

Teiborlang Wartde

Rajasekhar Reddy Gopu

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Blessing

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1988

1988

1988

1988

1988

1988

1988

1989

1989

2006

2014

2014

2014

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

29

Varghese Sebastian

Scaria Varanath

Thomas M.M.

Dayanand

Bala Marneni

Paul Kallan

John Chrysostom

Regi Matthew

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1970

1970

1970

1970

1990

1993

1993

2003

30

Gregory Fernandes

Fidelis D’ Lima

Augustine Pinto

Sidney J.M.

Nicholas D’ Souza

James Kallarackan

Charles Mathew Kolanchery

Joy Prakash

Gabriel Mathias

Amaladass Manickam

Jayaseelan P.R.

Jamesmon P.C.

Thomas A.

Tom John

Arockiasamy P.

Cajetan Lourenco

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Sagaya Soosairaj

Singarayar A.

Irudayaraj Fernando

Austin Francis

Mukti Prakash Ekka

Francis Xavier

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Basil S. Lobo

Thomas M.J.

Julius Arul Rayan

Alwyn D’Souza

Sushil Beck

Saji P. Mathew

Lourdu Augustine

Shaju Paliyathil

Bryan Carneiro

Ignatius Baa

Regi Matthew

Bhaskar Reddy

Tomy Palackal

Benjamin Jojo

Joseph Raj M.

Baptist D’ Souza

Anthony Alex Martis

Jugal Kishore Lakra

Anthony Pushparaj

Praveen Henry D’ Souza

Michael Anand

Kulandaisamy M.

Arvind Kerketta

Hemant Xess

Pradeep Kalliath

Anthony Roobandass

Arun Junes A.

Balaswamy Gundiga

Robin Lakra

Arokiam John

Charles Arulanandam

Sandesh Manuel

Benedict Gomes

Vijay Amirtharaj A.

Salim Baxla

Ajit Kumar Dung Dung

Francis Xavier

Thomas M.J.

Saji P. Mathew

Joy (George) Sebastian

Xavier Durairaj

Varghese Lakra

Santosh Ekka

Salvador D’Souza

John Sekar

Ajit Kerketta

Anil Xalxo

Simon A.

Naveen George

Lalith Kujur

Tony Marshall

Vijay Minj

Manoj Xalxo

Baikim Chandra Minj

Prashanth Wilson Fernandes

Jesu Maharaja G.

Peter Saleth Nathan J.

Prem Kumar D’ Souza

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

Jayapal Dwarakonda

Joseph Stephen

Vinoth Robin

Sahaya Dhas J.

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Felix Vijay

Eugene A.

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Nijil Chiramel

Joseph Prasanna Kumar

Pasala Showri Raju

Christopher

Phyrnai Lyngdoh

Basil Tirkey

Vinod Kujur

Madhu Sudan Reddy

Francis Arokiasamy M.

Thumma Ranjith Kumar Reddy

Deen Dayal

Prashanth Wilson Fernandes

Nathaniel Tirkey

+ Valerian Quadros

Jesu Raja A.

Johnvinzen Lyngdoh

Teiborlang Wartde

Shanborlang Wartde

Rajasekhar Reddy Gopu

Augustine Tirkey

A.J.Mathew Joseph

Bipin Kishore Kandulna

Arun Devasia Nattalil

Roshan Lobo

Ushar Kachhua

Salvador Drego

Anand Suresh Minj

Emmanuel Christopher N.

Anto Leo

Martin Sangma

Clinton J.

Nideesh M. John

Albinus Ekka

Prasad Rao

Kasu Eliyas Reddy

Stephen Arun

Thomas Kiren

Vineet Kerketta

Silash Panna

Nicolas Marak

Adarsh Y.

Deepak Kumar

Rajesh Praveen Kumar

Avinash Kujur

Alphone Velankanni

Abhishek M.

Anmol Bara

Akshay Showry Raj

Ejekial Lakra

Francis Michael Velcy Barretto

Henry Jose

Ibrahim G Momin

Joseph Raj

Kalyan Kurmar

Manish Ekka

Marius Dahanga

Nichol John

Ravi Bara

Salun Kispotta

Sujit Ganji

Alangara Boniface

Anthony Joseph archer

Pradeep Anthony L.

Jacob Tani

Gali Bal Reddy

T.S Leo Max

Joseph Kishan

Niranjan Toppo

Peter Shashikanth Reddy G.

Ankit Kumar Baghel

Niraj Kumar Tirkey

Nelson Toppo

Avinash Toppo

Andrew Thomas

Justin Savio A.

Felix A.

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Solemn Vows

Entry

Home

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

1956

1958

1961

1961

1966

1968

1968

1968

1968

1978

1992

1992

1992

1993

1993

1994

1994

1994

1994

1994

1994

1994

1995

1995

1995

1995

1995

1995

1995

1995

1995

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1996

1997

1997

1997

1997

1997

1997

1997

1997

1998

1998

1998

1998

1999

1999

2000

2001

2001

2001

2001

2001

2001

2001

2001

2001

2002

2002

2002

2002

2003

2003

2003

2003

2003

2003

2004

2004

2004

2004

2005

2005

2005

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2008

2009

2009

2009

2010

2010

2010

2010

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2012

2012

2012

2013

2013

2013

2013

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

2017

31

Gregory Fernandes

Fidelis D’Lima

Agnel D’Mello

Augustine Pinto

Sidney J.M

Salim Joseph

Nicholas D’Souza

James Kallarackan

Charles Mathew Kolanchery

Joy Prakash

Gabriel Mathias

Varghese Sebastian

Scaria Varanath

Thomas M.M.

Dayanand

Alphonse Moras

Gerald Lobo

Simon Pinto

Paul K.L.

Davis Kallookaran

Lawrence Simon

Arok Sundar Sebastian

Dharma L. Bernard

Johnson M.V.

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

Joy Valooran

Mesia Elias Moses M.

Irudayaraj Fernando

Austin Francis

Anthony Pushparaj

Simon A.

Naveen George

Tony Marshall

Lalith Kujur

Manoj Xalxo

Baikim Chandra Minj

Vijay Minj

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1960

1962

1965

1965

1965

1965

1970

1972

1972

1972

1972

1974

1974

1974

1975

1976

1976

1976

1976

1977

1977

1977

1978

1997

1997

1997

1997

2000

2000

2003

2008

2008

2008

2009

2009

2009

2009