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                                                            Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE)                                                                                   Established October 4, 2011                                                                  An Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite *                      *Why Western Rite?  We use the liturgy of the Western or Latin origin rather than adopting an Eastern liturgy. 

                                            We have a Roman Catholic Bishop                                             Bishop Patrick’s Statement of Acceptance Click Here

The Coat of Arms of
Most Reverend +Francis Joseph Patrick
 
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The Coat of Arms of
 Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

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            Save My Church And Restore Married Priesthood / Optional Celibacy Back Into The Roman Catholic Church                     Sign Petition Click Here

 Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Established August 12, 2011) 

   Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Established October 4, 2011)   

  An Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite  

       Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (Established November 13, 2015)

       Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis  (Established July 11, 2016)

Order of Franciscans Culdee (Established October 4,  2016)

      Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests (Established August 10, 2017)

 News Brief  Click Here     ~     Benchmarks Click Here

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Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign

Food for Hungry Children in Kenya gofundme Click Here

The Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., is a non-profit corporation, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. (USA) are tax deductible. Note: All donations to Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. are used for the sole purpose of supporting the Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign. Checks or money orders payable to the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., please mail to: Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., Post Office Box 77775, Corona, California 92877-0125 USA. 
 
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                                                   Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical is to minister to married Roman Catholic priests by offering them a welcoming home, support, acceptance, affirmation of their marriages, and validation of their lives and ministries. It also supports efforts to restore married priesthood to the Roman Catholic Church.
 

Welcome To Our International Religious Order Website

Welcome to the website of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Theotokos in Greek
means “God-bearer”) and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE).
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical is pleased to provide a “home” for married Roman Catholic priests and to eventually enable them to continue to serve sacramentally within the Roman Catholic Church.
 
Note: Use of the term “ecumenical” is important to this particular Franciscan order. Whereas we are Eastern / Roman Catholic presbyters who support and promote married and celibate Roman Catholic priesthood, we have a thirty year history of involvement and collaboration with a number of other communities as well, including: Russian, Greek, and other Orthodox jurisdictions; Syro-Chaldean; Celtic; Anglican; and various Eastern Catholic traditions. We no longer have ecclesiastical or jurisdictional affiliations with the Order of Culdee (OC).                                         

 

The Catholic Apostolic Church/Eastern Rite/International Ordinariate was canonically created in 1985 as the Personal Papal Prelature of Pope John Paul II, was later named the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and, is most recently known as the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE).

  Note: A personal prelature is a canonical structure of the Roman    Catholic Church which is comprised of a prelate, clergy, and laity    who undertake specific pastoral activities.

The specific pastoral activity of the OFE, as was originally desired by Pope John Paul II, is to create an avenue for married Roman Catholic priests to return to service in Roman Catholic parishes.

 
May God richly bless you!
 
Bishop +Francis Joseph Patrick
                                                                                                 
Most Reverend +Francis Joseph Patrick
          Bishop, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Holy Apostles Monastery, 
          and Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
 
  
        Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+
 
Abbot General Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, DD, STD, PhD 
Abbot General, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Holy Apostles Monastery, 
Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos
 
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                                                    The Coat of Arms of
           Abbot General Michael Cuozzo, OFE, DD, STD, PhD
 
for an explanation of coat of arms Click Here 
 
 
 
 
“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son in truth and love.”