Rev Bro. Paulus Moritz, CMSF (1869 - 1942) Founder and First Superior General

In 1895 Bro. Pulus Moritz) left Germany and travelled towards India, where he began his Pioneering Missionary Evangelization movement and later in 1901 established the International “Society of the Congregation of Franciscan Missionary Brothers” (CMSF) in Mt. Poinsur, Mumbai. His purpose was to continue the Mission of Jesus for the poor and marginalized of India in a practical yet pioneering process of developing love of God, a process delineated in the Scriptures.

Bro. Paulus dynamic approach of pioneering evangelization of Jesus’ consciousness as a spiritual alternative to a society stripped of spiritual values of St. Francis of Assisi attracted the youth of India. Bro. Paulus teachings and his life demonstrate that the message of Jesus and St. Francis life is by no means outdated but is completely relevant to every person in every place, especially in the modern age. His love towards the nature, the poor and marginalized made him a real missionary Brother to all.

Bro. Paulus was legitimately positive about the guiding grace of St. Francis in his search of excellence in pioneering evangelization. He did things differently and tirelessly for the welfare of the brothers and the mission. He had an immense trust in God, which we could find out from his own words: “As long as we look after the poor God will look after you!”.

For Bro.Paulus education was not merely development of one’s own talents and structures. It goes beyond, to touch others’ lives and has social dimensions. This was achieved by “Reaching out” and “Empowering” others who are less privileged and, in the margins, and thus the Head Quarter of St. Francis group of Institutions in Mumbai, Borivali Catering to more than 15,000 students, and  K. G. to Doctoral Level Educational Campus.

Rev. Bro. Modestus Kern, Founder, St. Francis I.T.I., (1964)

Good works marvels through human beings, when he empowers them with strong sense of commitment, the extraordinary spirit of generosity and the courage to pursue the dream that  we dare to dream, the success story of  Francis IT is no different.

It all  began with a nonformal structure  with  minimum facility in  1955, as  Bro Amandus as its first  principal and manager. The brothers started a small non formal trade school in the premises  for training in  carpentry, printing,  electro-mechanicalforays etc. This humble beginning over the yearsgrown into a full-fledged training institute.

Rev. Bro. Modestus Kern,    decided to construct  a new Structure  for the ITI. On 13th June 1962 Bishop Longinus Pereiralaid the foundation stone for the proposed Technical Institute, within the recorded time of 20 months  the hostel and workshop buildings were constructed.sufficientmachineries  and tools were purchased and installed. His Eminence late Valerian Cardinal Gracias blessed the Technical Institute, thus an opportunity wascreated  for thousands of  youths to  find a way for their  life.  Later this very  ITI  became  one of the premier  ITI  in India. With the generous supportof  Germany,  Bro. Modestus bought  German  machines for the training of the students.

Committee Members
  • Joseph Karimalayil : Superior General
  • Alphonse Nesamany : Assistant Superior General
  • Sebastian Adukuzhy : General Councilor
  • Backyanathan Arockiyam : General Councilor
  • Bro. Wilfred Monteiro  : General Councilor
Managing Committee Member
  • Bro. Mathew Thekkemury: Superior Monastery
  • Bro. Prakasham Arputhasamy : Director I.T.I.
  • Bro. StanyMittathanical : Director SFIAD
  • Bro. Vijay Kumar Pereira: Deputy Director SFIT
  • Bro. Britto Rodrigues : Superior JyothiBhavan
  • Bro. Peter Trikey : Trade Test