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An Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite

ORDER OF FRANCISCANS ECUMENICAL (OFE)

Post Office Box 77775, Corona, California 92877-0125 USA 

 
 

 

 

                                                                                Saint Paphnutius                                                                               Patron Saint of Married Priests and Deacons

 

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.

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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE)

Order of Franciscans Culdee (OFC)

       Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES)

       Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis

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The mission 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.
 
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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).  
 
As historically documented, we were canonically created in 1985 as the Catholic Apostolic Church / International Ordinariate, later identified as the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and most recently as the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. We were founded within the Personal Papal Prelature of Pope Saint John Paul II in 1985. 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. Our specific pastoral activity, as well as the desire of Pope John Paul II, was to create a way for married Roman Catholic priests to return home to continue to serve within Roman Catholic parishes.
 
May God richly bless you!
 
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+
                                                                                                 
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, OFC, DD, STD, PhD
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.
Abbot General, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Order Franciscans Culdee 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis
Abbot General & Founder, Holy Apostles Monastery, Pontifical / Roman Catholic  Abbot General, Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pontifical / Roman Catholic
 
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        The Coat of Arms of
           Abbot General Michael Cuozzo, OFE, OFC, DD, STD, PhD
 
               click here for explanation of coat of arms