OFM Franciscans - India

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

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