St Francis of Assisi Mission
(Estd: 2007)
6th Street, Assisi Nagar
Madhavaram, Chennai – 600 060
Tel 044 – 25 55 26 56
A Brief History
It all started in the year 1966 when the Franciscans from the parish of Madhavaram, stepped forward to provide shelter and living to the poor repatriates from Burma and Sri Lanka. About 21.99 acres of land was purchased through ‘Caritas of India’ and the then Parish Priest, Rev Fr Ignatius OFM was given the responsibility to allot the plots. This area was named as Assisi Nagar.


As the Franciscans were concentrating more on their own Mission, Rev Fr Kurian Thomas of Caritas took over the responsibility. From 1975 people started populating into Assisi Nagar. Many being Catholic Families, people put up a small thatched Church and initially called it as the Church of St Jude Thaddeus. Rev Fr James Victor OFM offered the First Mass in Assisi Nagar.


In 1983 the sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition stepped into Assisi Nagar and their Mission was teaching. Rev Fr James OFM with the help of Rev Fr Arulsamy OFM, laid the foundation for a proper Church. On 7th February 1999 Manali Old Town was declared as a separate parish and Rev Fr Arulsamy OFM, as its first Parish Priest. With Rev Fr Arulsamy’s determination to construct a Church in Assisi Nagar, funds were generated from various means and sources. On 12th March 2000 the Church was completed and renamed as the Church of St Francis of Assisi. The late Archbishop of Madras- Mylapore Most Rev Dr Aruldas James, blessed the Church. Even though the Church is dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, people still celebrate the annual feast in honour of St Jude Thaddeus. Hence, St Jude Thaddeus has become the Patron of the Parish. The annual festival of St Jude is celebrated in the second week of June. Thanks to the Franciscans for their yeomen service for the people of Assisi Nagar. Most Rev Dr A M Chinnappa SDB, the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore announced this Church as a separate parish in the year 2007.


Catholic Population : 700
Sunday Mass – Timings & Language : 7.30 am – Tamil
Sub-station without Chapel
01 Kosapur
Participatory Structures
01 Parish Pastoral Council 02 Anbiyams
01 Altar Servers 02 Youth Group – Tamil 03 Legion of Mary
Other Activities
01 Liturgy Committee – Tamil
01 Assisi Bhavan (SJA), Assisi Nagar Tel 25 55 66 66 / 55 66
Institutions under the Religious
01 St Joseph’s Mat Hr Sec School (Co-Ed), Assisi Nagar Tel 044 – 25 55 66 66
02 St Joseph’s Tailoring Institute, Assisi Nagar
Syrian Rite
01 Franciscans Clarist Convent, Mathur Tel 25 55 55 65 / 96 71
02 St Alphonsa Nursery School, Mathur Tel 25 55 55 65 / 96 71
03 Jeevodaya, Hospice for Cancer Patients, Mathur Tel 25 55 55 65 / 96 71