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Praise be to the Most Holy Blessed Trinity.
We welcome you in the name of Jesus Christ and our blessed founder,
Pope John Paul II.
 
Founded within the Prelature of Pope John Paul II 
Catholic Apostolic Church | Eastern Rite | International Ordinariate
Established 1985
 
 
Saint Pope John Paul II (1920 + 2005)
Founder
Most Reverend Archbishop ++Josef Debrulle (1921 + 2000)
Patriarch
Most Reverend Mar +John James Dunnigan (1935 + 2009) 
Bishop
Most Reverend +Francis Joseph Patrick, SJ (1948 + 2019)
Bishop
                                                                       
Most Reverend Archbishop Anthony J. Scuderi, NOSF
Bishop Protector
 

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

An International Ordinariate 

We have a presence in Canada, Columbia, Hungry, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United States of America, and Zimbabwe.
 

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos

The name for our Abbey and Province reflects our devotion to the Blessed Mother Holy Theotokos Saint Mary and the care of orphan children.

 Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

 

 The Coat of Arms of Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, Minister General
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History of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

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The General Constitutions of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

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Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

An International Ordinariate 

Because of the fruit of this endeavor since 1985 we would like the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist ​to be recognized by the Holy See as a clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. ​

Mission Statement​ 

The mission statement of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical are to minister to celibate and married Roman Catholic and Catholic priests and laity 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.
 
 

The Three Branches of OFE

The first branch consists of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist ​and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, which together are considered an order within an order (companion communities). Each Order has separate and distinct realms of emphasis. This branch is comprised of priests who are married, as well as celibate Roman Catholic priests who were ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop. Current OFE members and those who join at a later time will be members of both Orders.​​ Celibate Roman Catholic priests will function as brothers in each Order. 
 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist distinct and independent ecclesiastical ​realms are: According to the OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Restore Unity of Roman Catholic Married and Celibate Priesthood; Mission Emphasis: Minister to Married Roman Catholic Priests; and Mission Emphasis: Provide the People of God regular access to the Eucharist.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical distinct and independent ecclesiastical realms are: According to the OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Non-profit Religious Corporation;  Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach; Mission Emphasis: Minister to celibate, married Roman Catholic and Catholic priests, and laity; and Mission Emphasis: Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach
Promoting Christian Unity 
 
We are shepherded by the example of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.
 
Reverend Paul Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940)
Servant of God
Apostle of Christian Unity and Charity
Founder of The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
 
The second branch is the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular of Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
The third branch is the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​ comprised of married and celibate Catholic autocephalous (ecclesiastically independent self-governing) bishops and priests (men and women) who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” and who were not ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.
 

           Our Ministries

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est.  August 12, 2011 | Inc.  September 14, 2016) 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. October 4, 2011 | Inc. January 5, 2018)

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (Est.  November 13, 2015) 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters​ (Est. Nov. 29, 2015)

Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi  (Est. July 11, 2016)

Order of Franciscans Culdee  (Est. October 4,  2016 |  Disbanded August 15, 2019 ) 

Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests (Est. August 10, 2017)

Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. September 8, 2018)

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (Est. August 24, 2019)

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est. September 14, 2019)

 

Welcome To Our Website

We welcome you to the website of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Theotokos in Greek means “God-bearer,” but is usually referred to as “Mother of God,” and is a title for the Virgin Mary). This name for our Abbey reflects our devotion to the Blessed Mother Holy Theotokos Saint Mary and the care of orphan children. 
 
The OFE 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.

Our Canonical History  

In January, 1985, the Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate was canonically created as the Personal Papal Prelature of Pope John Paul II. ​The International Ordinariate was under the guidance of the Archbishop Josef Debrulle. 
 
Note: Personal prelature is a canonical structure of the Catholic Church which comprises a prelate, clergy and laity who undertake specific pastoral activities. 
 
The stated purpose of that Prelature, although “under the radar,” (we had to work with total confidentiality) was to oversee the training, internship and subsequent oversight of married men (viri probati) for ordination to the priesthood and to make those married priests available to Roman Catholic bishops. ​We went public in 2013.​
 

Name Change and Specific Pastoral Activity

The Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate​ was later named the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and, is most recently known as Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical.   
 
The specific pastoral activity of the Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate, 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. (Married Roman Catholic priests are priests who married after ordination in the Roman Catholic Church).
 
The bishop of the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, Mar John Dunnigan, endeavored to develop an avenue for married Roman Catholic priests to be incardinated into participation with Eastern Ecclesia which is in union with Rome. The priests accompanied by his wife, may, per Eastern Canons 393, be designated for service to the Roman Catholic jurisdiction that is experiencing a shortage of priests.  
 
 
May God richly bless you!
          
     Abbot Father Michael+, OFE , Minister General
 
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD
Roman Cathoilic Franciscan Religious Order, An International Ordinariate
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Province of Saint Mary Theotokos
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos 
 

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ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST | ORDER OF FRANCISCANS ECUMENICAL

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, An International Ordinariate
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD, Minister General
Post Office Box 77775
Corona, CA 92877-0125 USA

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We are a Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, An International Ordinariate that minster to celibate and married Roman Catholic and Catholic priests and laity.
 
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