Franciscan East Asia
EAST ASIA ENTITIES
PHILIPPINE PROVINCE OF SAN PEDRO BAUTISTA

The OFM Franciscans arrived in Manila on July 2, 1578.  Upon their arrival, the first fifteen friars were temporarily housed in the Augustinian convent in Intramuros. Then they finally moved to their own residence on August 1 of the same year. 

PROVINCE OF HOLY KOREAN MARTYRS, SOUTH KOREA

OFM presence in Korea began on Sep 14 1937 with coming of Br. Deguire and Br. Bellerose, missionaries from Canada. Then the first friary in Korea was established in Daejeon City on Dec 15 1938. But OFM presence in Korea was broken due to the 2nd World War and the Korean War in 1940~1950s. 


PROVINCE OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, VIETNAM

In the 14th Century, Catholic Missionaries, including Franciscan Friars, came to Vietnam to introduce the Catholic Faith to the indigenous people.

PROVINCE OF HOLY MARTYRS OF JAPAN

After World War II, many franciscan missionaries arrived at Japan from many franciscan provinces. There is no unity in Japan. The Delegate general, Apollinaris van Leeuwen insited vigorously on the need to set up Franciscans units in Japan..


PROVINCE OF BMV QUEEN OF CHINA, TAIWAN

In December 25, 1948, the Custody of St. Francis set up. In 1949, when new China was founded, foreign missionaries were forced to leave. In 1966, the Cultural Revolution began in China and all the Chinese friars were put in prison.


CUSTODY OF ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, SOUTH PHILIPPINES

The OFM-Custody of St. Anthony of Padua in the Philippines, was canonically erected on June 2007. It is from the section of the OFM-Province of San Pedro Bautista with territorial jurisdiction in the Visayas and Mindanao. 


CUSTODY OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, CHINA

Friars minor were present in China during the time of Montecorvino in 1294. The second wave of missionaries came to China in the 16th Century.


FOUNDATION OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, MYANMAR

On November 16, 1979, The General Definitory asked Anselm Moons (Definitor General) and Mel Braddy (Mission Seceretary) to prepare a “pro memoris”, which was discussed in consultation with P. Joycelyn Madden, Prefect Apostolic of Burma.