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CONGREGATION OF THE MISSIONARY BROTHERS OF
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

St. Francis Institute, having St. Francis School and other many institutions is situated on the hillock of Mandapeshwar. Presently known as Mount Poinsur.

It is one of the oldest institution in the suburbs of Mumbai. The Institution had its humble origin way back in 1908, When the Bishop of Bombay invited the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Brothers. Very Rev. Bro. Paulus Moritz, the Founder of the Congregation, accompanied with a few of his fellow brothers, who were with missionary zeal filled with the sole intention of improving the lot of poor, needy and marginalized ones, commenced their activities by constructing a thatched house for the Brothers. Gradually they put up a similar structure for the orphans too. One can possibly imagine the various hardships and difficulties, the veteran had to encounter nine decades ago in brothers began their activities by starting an orphanage accommodating nearly 100 orphans, caring for their physical, psychological and spiritual needs along with their education.

The First and Second World war, halted the progressive march of this institution since, most of the Brothers then hailed from Germany and had to be placed in the Internment Camp under the British rule and to add to it, the devastating cyclone of 1948 in Bombay uprooted all the structure at Mount Poinsur. This forced the Brothers to begin the reconstruction activities with constrained personnel and financial resources. Well, this could now, be viewed as a blessing in disguise, since that gradually gave rise to the present imposing complex.

The school secured recognition in the year 1951. Initially the school strength was made up of orphans from St. Francis Orphanage itself. However, when the school began to show better results in all spheres of student‚Äôs life, the day scholars also started trickling in. 

From 1964, the I.T.I. complex began to take shape, in order to impart technical skills to the boys from the Orphanage, so as to enable them to secure a gainful employment in nearby factories. Today, after 90 years of its existence, the institution educates almost 8500 students in the school as well as in I.T.I. It has now become the most sought after institute both for its academic, technical as well as all-round performance in sports and co-curricular activities.