The Calling

Does God send signs?

Don’t we all long for that kind of clarity? Nonetheless, our faith assures us that God is always communicating his will to us. God’s message is consistent, sure, and irrefutable. We are not alone on this journey; Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us on the way to read the “signs” that point us in the right direction. 

Check out this reflection by one of our friars involved in promoting vocations. Friar David Au, OFM describes his journey as a Franciscan friar.

2020 Appointments

2020 Appointments

Appointments notice 2020-2022

The start of the year saw fresh appointments within the Custody of St Anthony.

Having completed the 2019 Custody Chapter in October last year, and after much consultation, prayer and deliberation, our Custos, Friar Derrick Yap, announced new appointments to the friars on 25 Oct 2019.

The new appointments took effect on the 1 Jan 2020, and run until the end of 2022. Assignments of offices, along with movements of members within the communities take place once in three years, following a Custody Chapter or meeting. 

Below is the full list of appointments (and movements) of the brothers.

St Anthony’s Friary (Singapore)

  • Peter Michael (Guardian) 
  • John Paul Tan
  • Michael D’Cruz 
  • Julian Mariaratnam
  • Martin Low
  • Kenny Anthonysamy 
  • Gerard Victor 
  • John Wong
  • Justin Lim 
  • Jason Richard 
  • Esmond Chua 
  • Aiden Peter Jr 


Greccio Friary  (Singapore)

  • Vernon Chua (Guardian) 
  • Joseph Nasanathan 
  • Rowland Yeo
  • Derrick Yap 
  • Robin Toha 
  • Crispus Mosinoh 
  • Sixtus Pitah Amit 
  • Gerald Tan 
  • Gerald Saimel  (Friars-In-Initial Formation)
  • Cosmas Francis (Friars-In-Initial Formation)  
  • Nelson Evarinus  (Friars-In-Initial Formation)
  • Sylvester Singh (Postulant)
  • Julian Chua (Postulant)


St. Francis of Assisi Friary (Sarawak, Malaysia)

  • William Lee (Guardian)
  • Don Don Ramerez 
  • David Au
  • Cruzender Alex 

St James of the Marches (Johor, Malaysia)

  • Joseph Lee (Vicar) 
  • Moses Yap 
  • Claurence Motoyou 


Penang Friary (Malaysia)

  • Arul Mariadass (Guardian)
  • John Soh
  • Oliver Tham
  • Timothy Fong (Postulant)



  • Michael Goh (Auckland, NZ, to end 2020) 
  • Francisco Basyanake (Sydney, AUS, to 2022)
  • Clifford Augustine (Franciscan Chapel Centre, Roppongi, Tokyo)
  • Marvin Voo (Manila,PH,to end of novitiate)




Parish Priest: Michael D’Cruz 

Assistants: Gerard Victor & Esmond Chua


ST ANN CHURCH (Kota Padawan) Kuching, Malaysia 

Rector: William Lee

Assistants: Don Don Ramarez, David Au & Cruzender Alex



Parish Priest: Arul Mariadass 

Assistant: Oliver Tham


ST ELIZABETH CHURCH (Kota Tinggi) Johor, Malaysia

Administrator:  Joseph Lee

JOSEPH CHURCH (Plentong) Johor, Malaysia 

Assistant Parish Priest: Moses Yap



Assistant Parish Priest: Claurence Motoyou



  • Julian Mariaratnam (Director
  • Peter Michael            
  • Kenny Anthonysamy


San Damiano Spirituality Centre

  • Martin Low (Director)
  • Justin Lim
  • Gerald Tan


Lady Jacoba Thrift Shop

  • Jason Richard    


Holy Land Commissariat

  •    Justin Lim


Secular Franciscan Order (OFS)

  • Derrick Yap (Singapore)
  • Cruzender Alex (Malaysia)           


 Custody Bursar

  • Martin Low


Vocation Team

  • Esmond Chua (Director)
  • Robin Toha (Singapore)
  • David Au (Malaysia)



  • Esmond Chua


Mission and Evangelisation

  • Justin Lim


Communication & Development Office

  • Aiden Peter Jr (Director)
  • Crispus Mosinoh
  • Sixtus Pitah Amit


Secretary of Formation

  • Joseph Nathan


On-going Formation

  • Joseph Nathan


Postulant Director

  • John Soh (Malaysia)    
  • Vernon Chua (Singapore)      


Novice Director

  • Vernon Chua              


Post-Novice Director

  • Derrick Yap                       


St Anthony’s Bread Article #1

St Anthony’s Bread Article #1

Saint Anthony Bread

The Solemn Profession of Four Franciscan Friars.

Over a thousand people from Singapore and beyond, attended the solemn profession of Friars Robin Toha, Crispus Mosinoh, Sixtus Pitah and Gerald Tan, at the Church of St Mary of the Angels, Bukit Batok, on the 8th February 2020.

The solemn profession mass, presided by the Minister Provincial of Holy Spirit Province, Friar Phillip Miscamble, began with a procession: firstly, of the four friars accompanied by their parents, then followed by the other Franciscan friars and celebrants. Gracing the event with their presence were families from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, diocesan seminarians, religious congregations including the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC), the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM), the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), the Redemptorists, Canossian Sisters, Infant Jesus Sisters, Gabrielite brothers, Good Shepherd sisters, Missionaries of Charity (MC) sisters, Carmelite friars, secular Franciscans and many others.

            What was unique about this solemn profession was the blessing of the four friars by their parents, a ceremony similarly found in an Indonesian traditional wedding. The Custos of the Custody of St. Anthony, Friar Derrick Yap thanked the congregation who came from near and far, in spite of the on-going threat of the CoVid-19 virus in Singapore.

            The four friars who just had taken their solemn profession will continue to stay at Greccio Friary, Chestnut Drive as they continue their studies at St Francis Xavier Major Seminary, Singapore. They are expected to conclude their seminary formation by 2021.

Finally, and most importantly, we thank the Lord for calling each one of us on the path of holiness and conversion. Whether as consecrated religious or not, may all of us be channels of peace and grace after the example of our beloved saint, St Francis of Assisi.