OFM Franciscans - India

Life Of St. Anthony

St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world.

St. Anthony's Youth & Conversion

St. Anthony was born in the year 1195 A. D. at Lisbon (Portugal) where his father was a captain in the royal army. Already at the age of fifteen years, he had entered the Congregation of Canons Regular of St. Augustine and devoted himself with great earnestness both to study and to the practice of piety in the Monastery at Coimbra (Portugal).

About that time some of the first members of the Order of Friars Minor, which St. Francis has founded in 1206 A. D. came to Coimbra. They begged from the Canons Regular a small and very poor place, from which by their evangelical poverty and simplicity they edified everyone in the region. Then in 1219 A. D. some of these friars, moved by divine inspiration, went as missionaries to preach the Gospel of Christ to the inhabitants of Morocco. There they were brutally martyred for the Faith. Some Christian merchants succeeded in recovering their remains; and so brought their relics in triumph back to Coimbra.

The relics of St. Bernard and companions, the first martyrs of the Franciscan Order, seized St. Anthony with an intense desire to suffer martyrdom in a like manner. So moved by their heroic example he repeatedly begged and petitioned his superiors to be given leave to join the Franciscan Order. In the quiet little Franciscan convent at Coimbra he received a friendly reception, and in the same year his earnest wish to be sent to the missions in Africa was fulfilled.

St. Anthony's Arrival in Italy

But God had decreed otherwise. And so, St. Anthony scarcely set foot on African soil when he was seized with a grievous illness. Even after recovering from it, he was so weak that, resigning himself to the will of God, he boarded a boat back to Portugal. Unexpectedly a storm came upon them and drove the ship to the east where it found refuge on coast of Sicily. St. Anthony was greeted and given shelter by the Franciscans of that island, and thus came to be sent to Assisi, where the general chapter of the Order was held in May, 1221 A. D..

Since he still looked weak and sickly, and gave no evidence of his scholarship, no one paid any attention to the stranger until Father Gratian, the Provincial of friars living in the region of Romagna (Italy), had compassion on him and sent him to the quiet little convent near Forli (also in Italy). There St. Anthony remained nine months as chaplain to the hermits, occupied in the lowliest duties of the kitchen and convent, and to his heart's content he practiced interior as well as exterior mortification.

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Name of the Friars

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Mary, the Mother of God

Feast of the Custody

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+ Antonine Morton

Prasandeep Ekka

Austin Francis

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Birth

Ordination

1970

1998

2004

04

+ Rudolph D’ Silva 

+ Daniel Sigamony

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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

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Home  

1981

2004

09

+Anthony Rickards    

Francis Arockiasamy

Salvador Drago

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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

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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

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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

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Birth

S. Vows

Ordination

1940

1992

2002

2004

28

Trevor D’ Souza

+Abraham Vadana

Birth

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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