OFM Franciscans - India

Who We Are



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.


To live out the Good News of Jesus Christ in a spirit of obedience, without personal possessions and in chastity.


The Dutch Franciscans started the first house in Bangalore, India in 1948. The Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, in India, was officially erected on 12 March 1985. This was not the first time an independent Franciscan Province was established in India. During the Portuguese period there were two full fledged Provinces in Goa: Province of St. Thomas, which was erected in 1612 and the Province of Mother of God, which was erected in 1622. The Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, in India was restructured in 2008 and created two more entities in India, with a dependent Custody (region) in North India and a dependent Foundation in North East India.

OFM in India

  • The Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, 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 and Meghalaya.

OFM in the World

The Franciscans are present in 117 countries with 13233 professed members around the world.

Types of Apostolate

Our Apostolate consists mainly of Parish ministry, Schools, Social Institutions: Boys Homes, Home for the rag pickers, centre to give care for the HIV/AIDS patients, Industrial Training School, Preaching ministries, Ashram ministries, Centre for Integrity of Creation.







 Name of the Friars 




 Charles Mathew Kolanchery 




 Joseph Raj M. 



 03   Bl. Helene Enselmini, OSC 


 St. Charles Borromeo, OFS 

 Bl. Teresa Manganiello, OFS 

 Charles Bernard 






 Lawrence Simon 

 Bala Marneni 

 + Thomas Thannikary 

 + Bernard D’ Silva 










 Bl. Marguerite deLorraine, OSC 

 Singarayar A. 

 Salvador D’Souza 







 St. Didacus of Alcala, OFM 

 Bl. Raynier of Arezzo, OFM 

 Hemant Xess 





 08   Bl. John Duns Scouts OFM 


 Bl. Gabriel Ferreti, OFM 

 Saji P. Mathew 





 Bl. Louis Guanella, OFS 

 Augustine Pinto 

 + Wilbert Smit 







 Bl. Mary Crucifixa, OFS 

 Fulgence Ekka 

 Basil S. Lobo 






 12   Bl. Giovanni della Pace, OFS 
 13   St. Didace d’ Alcala, OFM 


 Franciscan Martyrs of Palestine 

 + Mark O’Rourke 

 Salvador Drego 







 Bl. Sebastian de Jesus OFM 

 Bl. Mary of the Passion FMM 

 + Anthony Almeida 







 St. Elizabeth of Hungary 

 Patroness of the OFS 

 Bl. Jeanne de Signa, OFS 




 Bl. Salome of Cracow, OFS 



 St. Agnes of Assisi, OSC 

 Bl. Maria Milagros, OSC 

 Thomas Joseph 

 +Kamal Ekka 








 Franciscan Martyrs of Spain 

 Irudayaraj Fernando 

 + Bonaventure Davis 

 + Bishop Ambrose Y 

 +Jesu Irudayam  











 Franciscan Martyrs of Armenia 

 +Joachim Tinneny 




 Bl. Marie de Jesus, Third Order Regular 

 + John C. O’Dowda 

 Maria Ratheesh Jenive  







 Bl. Timothy Trajonowski, Conv 

 Rajesh Praveen Kumar 





 All Deceased of the Seraphic Order St. Humilis of Bisgnano, OFM 

 Bl. Elizabeth of Reute, Third Order Regular 

 Carlos Dias 

 Tojy M. 








 St. Leonard of Port Maurice, OFM 

 Balthazar Pinto 






 St. Francis Anthony Fasani, Conv 

 Johnson M. V. 





 28   St. Jams of La Marca, OFM   Feast   1476 


 All Saints of the Seraphic Order Dependent Custody 

 Foundation,North East. 

 Amaladass Manickam 







 Bl. Antoine Bonfandini, OFM 

 Prasad Papabathuni