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

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ST. FRANCIS

ST. FRANCIS

FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (January)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Mary, the Mother of God

Feast of the Custody

Feast


03

+ Antonine Morton

Prasandeep Ekka

Austin Francis

Home

Birth

Ordination

1970

1998

2004

04

+ Rudolph D’ Silva 

+ Daniel Sigamony

Home

Home

2005

2016

05

Bipin Kishore Minj

Pynsuklang Marwen

Ordination

Birth

2020

1998

06

Thomas M.J.

Carlos Dias

Joseph Stephen M         

Shantivanam, Raipur   

Kurnool Missions

Basil S. Lobo

Birth 

S.Vows

Birth   

Arrival

Foundation

Ordination

1972

1986

1984

1997

2002

2008

07

Christopher (Christy)

Wiki Paul Wartde

Birth

Birth

1983

1996

08

+ Ernest Reilly

+ Bernard Silveira

Home  

Home  

1981

2004

09

+Anthony Rickards    

Francis Arockiasamy

Salvador Drago

Home

Ordination

Ordination

1989

2016

2020

10

Manish Toppo

Francis Xavier

Nathaniel Tirkey

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

1998

2004

2018

11

Jerome Kispotta

Vinoth Robin

Birth

Ordination

1961

2014

12

Nicholas D'Souza

+ Gerwin van Leeuwen

Ordination

 Home  

1973

2002

13

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Jesu Raja A.

Anthony Mathew Joseph

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

2015

2018

2020

15

Francis Kaviyil

+ Francis Serrao

Phyrnai Lyngdoh

Roshan Lobo

Anand Suresh Minj

Birth

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1966

1990

2017

2020

2021   

16

Prashanth Wilson Fernandes

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Joseph Prasanna Kumar

Birth

Ordination

Ordination 

1984

2015

2015

17

Nesakkaram – Chennai

Basil Tirkey

Foundation

Ordination

1991

2016

18

Ejekial Lakra

Felix Vijay

Birth

Ordination

1995

2015

19

Albinus Ekka

Ushar Kacchua 

Birth

Ordination

1993

2020

20

Tomy Palackal

Ordination

2011

21

Parish at Malom-Noatoli

Erection

1996

22

Prem Kumar D’Souza  

Nathaniel Tirkey

Prem Kumar D’ Souza

Birth
Birth

Ordination

1982

1988

2013

23

+ Peter D’ Souza

Eugene A.

Arun Devasia Nattalil

Augustine Tirkey

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1991

2015

2020

2021

24

Tomy Palackal

Arun Junes A.

Kulandaisamy M.

Christopher (Christy)

S. Vows

S. Vows

S. Vows

Ordination

2004

2004

2004

2015

25

Dominic C.J.      

Jayapal Dwarakonda

Ordination   

Ordination

1992

2013

26

Assisi Sadan - Umred

Blessing

1996

27

+ Dunstan Rickards

Roshan Lobo

Shaju Paliyathil

Shaju Paliyathil

Home

Birth

S. Vows

Ordination

1940

1992

2002

2004

28

Trevor D’ Souza

+Abraham Vadana

Birth

Home

1960

2019

29

Christopher (Christy)

Anthony Roobandass A

S. Vows

Ordination

2013

2011

30

Bryan Carneiro

Ordination

2013

31

Scaria Varanath

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Birth

Birth

1949

1985