The Franciscan Missionary Brothers are Brothers who commit to lifelong missionary service especially to non-Christians. CMSF’s priority is the proclamation of the Gospel. We are actively involved in human development and the promotion of justice and peace. Our ministries include the foundation of schools, hospitals, leprosarium, clinics, orphanages, industrial training institutes, homes for street children, nursing homes, and special ministries among the poor and marginalized and the pastoral care of newly founded Catholic communities in 10 countries.
The Congregation was founded with the sole aim of proclaiming the gospel, propagation of Catholic faith among non-Christians and planting the Catholic Church. Our Founder had a burning desire to share the Christian faith with all those who did not know Jesus Christ. So he chose India, a vast country now with a billion and more people. The simple idea of helping people to welcome and know Christ caught on and has continued for more than 114 years. Thus during the last 113 years of its existence, the Congregation has developed more than 100 mission centers and handed them over to the respective dioceses out of which many of them have become vibrant parishes and four of them have become flourishing dioceses who carry on the legacy of the Franciscan Missionary Brothers. More than a million people were given Christian faith, numerous churches were constructed and Catholic Church was planted in thousands of rural villages.
The Brothers have been living the life of BROTHERHOOD for the past 114 years and our activities have been proclaiming it far and wide that we are Brothers in spirit and truth. It is the Brotherhood under the Fatherhood of God Almighty, freely chosen to be the lesser ones. The Brotherhood is not a vision to be realized but a reality to be lived in and out of every situation we encounter. It is a relationship between persons and things of this world.
In the beginning the focus of the Congregation was the development of the poor villages of India, which the Congregation felt as an urgent need as well as an evangelical imperative. Realizing that education is the basis for all human developments, the Congregation turned its attention to establish primary education in the villages by opening several village schools. The Brothers established many orphanages/children’s homes, industrial training institutes for school dropouts, homes for abandoned elders, involved in various social ministries to help the poor and marginalized to live in dignity.
Our Congregation draws on the ideals and spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi, whose life has inspired thousands of people all over the world, some for the radical simplicity of it, some for the mystical holiness of it and some for the lyrical beauty of his love for nature and all that is in and around us. The same spirit and charism do operate in the lives and activities of the Brothers. The vitality of the Spirit is evident from the various pioneering activities the Brothers have initiated during the past 114 years.