Franciscan East Asia
The extreme poverty required of members was relaxed in final revision of the Rule in 1223. The degree of observance required of members remained a major source of conflict within the order, resulting in numerous secessions.[2][3]
The Order of Friars Minor, previously known as the Observant branch, is one of the three Franciscan First Orders within the Catholic Church, the others being
the Capuchins and Conventuals. The Order of Friars Minor, in its current form, is the result of an amalgamation of several smaller orders completed in 1897 by Pope Leo XIII.[4] The latter two, the Capuchin and Conventual, remain distinct religious institutes within the Catholic Church, observing the Rule of Saint Francis with different emphases.

Franciscans are sometimes referred to as minorites or greyfriars because of their habit. 


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The Order of Friars Minor (also called the Franciscans, the Franciscan Order, or the Seraphic Order;[1] postnominal abbreviation O.F.M.) is a mendicant Catholic religious order, founded in 1209 by Francis of Assisi. The order adheres to the teachings and spiritual disciplines of the founder and of his main associates and followers, such as Clare of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, and Elizabeth of Hungary, among many others. The Order of Friars Minor is considered to the successor to the original Franciscan Order within the Catholic Church, and is the largest of the contemporary First Orders within the Franciscan movement.

Francis began preaching around 1207 and traveled to Rome to seek approval of his order from Pope Innocent III in 1209. The original Rule of Saint Francis approved by the pope disallowed ownership of property, requiring members of the order to beg for food while preaching. The austerity was meant to emulate the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Franciscans traveled and preached in the streets, while boarding in church properties. Saint Clare, under Francis's guidance, founded the Poor Clares in 1212, which remains a Second Order of the Franciscans. 
East Asia Conference Head
  1. Br. CAROLO HO MYEONG HWAN, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    EAC President
    Minister Provincial, South Korea
  2. Br. IGNATIUS NGUYEN DUY LAM, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    EAC Vice President
    Minister Provincial, Vietnam
  3. Br. CIELITO ALMAZAN, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    Minister Provincial
    Province of San Pedro Bautista, Philippines
  4. Br. YOSHITAKA PAUL MURAKAMI, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    Minister Provincial, Japan
    Province of the Holy Martyrs of Japan
  5. Br. CLAUDIO PEGORARO, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    Minister Provincial, Taiwan
    Province of the Queen of China
  6. Br. ARTURO DAQUILANEA, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    Custos, Philippines South
    Custody of St. Anthony of Padua, Philippines South
  7. Br. BASIL HEO, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    President, Myanmar Foundation
    Foundation of St. Francis of Assisi, Myanmar
  8. Br. LINO GREGORIO V. REDOBLADO, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    General Definitor
    General Curia / Asia, Australia nand Oceania
EAST ASIA SECRETARIATS
  1. Br. IRINEO TACTAC III, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    EAC Secretary for Formation and Studies
    Philippine Province of San Pedro Bautista
  2. Br. NAPOLY PASION, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    EAC Secretary for Missions and Evangelization
    Philippine Province of San Pedro Bautista
  3. Br. ALOYSIUS KIM, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    EAC Secretary for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
    Province of the Holy Martyrs of South Korea
  4. Br. DEXTER TOLEDO, OFM
    Phillips@mail.com
    EAC Secretary
    Philippine Province of San Pedro Bautista