OFM Franciscans - India

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

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (July)

Anthony Alex Martis
01 July

Anthony Alex Martis
02 July

Anthony K.P
03 July

Martin Sangma
05 July

Jugal Kishore Lakra
06 July

Stephen Lamin Gashuga
07 July

Dominic C.J.
08 July

Pawan Niksh Kujur
10 July

Ajeet Kumar Tirkey
10 July

Anto Leo
12 July

Sidney J.M
13 July

Arvind Kerketta
13 July

Michael Anand
14 July

Simon A.
14 July

Bal Raj Madanu
20 July

Joachim Tinneny
21 July

Francis Lawphniaw
21 July

James N.
21 July

Joachim Tinneny
22 July

Ravinder Kujur
23 July

Phyrnai Lyngdoh
27 July

Joseph Prasanna Kumar
31 July