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 (August)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Richard D’ Silva

Balaswamy Gundiga

Entry

Birth

1952

1978

02

Portiuncula

Feast


03

Julius Arul Rayan

Birth

1974

04

+ Bernard Henrietta

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Ravi Bara

Home

Birth

Birth

1981

1982

1995

06

Benedict Gomes

Augustine Tirkey

Birth

Birth

1977

1989

08

+ Marianus Kadasani

T.S.Leo Max

Home

Birth

2004

1995

11

+ Clare of Assisi

+ Sanctes Molenkamp

Feast

Home


1990

14

Jesu Maharaja

Pasala Showri Raju

Birth

Birth

1975

1987

15

Arok Sundar Sebastian

Charles Bernard

Felix Gassam

Francis Kaviyil

Chinnappan M. Devaraj

Amaldas Belevendran

Bobby V.T.

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Ordination

1951

1990

1990

1992

1992

1992

2000

18

Jamesmon P.C.

Ordination

2001

19

John Chrysostom

Ordination

1995

21

Vijay Amirtharaj A.

Birth

1979

22

Bhaskar Reddy

Birth

1973

23

Stephen Arun S.

Birth

1994

25

King Louis IX

Arun Devasia Nattalil

Akshay Showry Raj

Feast

Birth

Birth


1991

1994

27

Joseph Kishan

Birth

1995

28

Fidelis D’ Lima

Birth

1939

30

Arockia Raj R.

Birth

1959

31

+ Christopher Coelho

Home

2007