OFM Franciscans - India

Who We Are

ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR (OFM)

Charism

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.

Motto

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

History

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.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ST. FRANCIS

ST. FRANCIS

FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (November)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Charles Mathew Kolanchery

Deepak Kumar

Birth

Birth

1947

1994

02

Joseph Raj M.

Birth

1975

04

Charles Bernard

Birth

1963

05

Lawrence Simon

Bala Marneni

+ Thomas Thannikary

+ Bernard D’ Silva

Birth

Birth

Home

Home

1949

1962

1996

2010

06

Singarayar A.

Salvador D’Souza

Clinton J.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1970

1979

1992

07

Hemant Xess

Birth

1975

09

Saji P. Mathew

Birth

1975

10

Augustine Pinto

+ Wilbert Smit

Birth

Home

1936

2003

11

Fulgence Ekka

Basil S. Lobo

Birth

Birth

1964

1971

14

+ Mark O’Rourke

Salvador Drego

Kalyan Kumar

Home

Birth

Birth

1974

1984

1994

15

+ Anthony Almeida

Home

1970

17

Elizabeth of Hungary

Vinoth Kumar T.

Feast

Birth


1993

18

Blessed Salome

Feast


19

Agnes of Assisi

Thomas Joseph

+ Kamal Ekka

Feast

Birth

Home


1962

2008

20

Irudayaraj Fernando

+ Bonaventure Davis

+ Bishop Ambrose Y.

+ Jesu Irudayam

Birth

Home

Home

Home

1966

1971

1997

2009

21

Silash Panna

Birth

1990

23

+ John C. O’Dowda

Home

1982

24

Rajesh Praveen Kumar

Birth

1994

25

Gregory Fernandes

Carlos Dias

Tojy M.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1930

1959

1970

26

Balthazar Pinto

Birth

1960

27

Johnson M. V.

Abraham Vadana

Birth

Solemn Vows

1969

1976

29

All Saints of the Seraphic Order

Dependent Custody

Foundation,North East.

Amaladass Manickam

Feast


Erection

Erection

Ordination



2008

2008

1985

30

Prasad Papabathuni

Birth

1970