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OUR OBJECTIVE: “TO BE INCARDINATED INTO AN EASTERN ECCLESIA IN COMMUNION WITH THE HOLY SEE OF ROME, AS MARRIED CLERGY.” 

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An Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite 

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

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical College of  Bishops:

Bishop Rouville M. Fisher, III, OFE
Bishop-Elect Charalambos Ocen
Bishop Francis Joseph Patrick 
Bishop Anthony A.M. Pearson, COFE
Archbishop Andrew Sagayam, OFE
 
 
 

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

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

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

Order of Franciscans Culdee (Est. October 4,  2016) 

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

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

                                                 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.

Our Rule of Life 

A rule is the most straightforward description of a religious way of life. The Rule of 1223 A.D. was written by Saint Francis of Assisi, approved by Pope Honorius III. The Friars, Brothers, and Laity of the Order of  Franciscans Ecumenical commit to the General Rule, a modern interpretation of the 1223 A.D. Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi is this:
I.
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You  shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend  on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40) 

II.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

III.

To live a life of commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and to serve him faithfully.

IV.

To acclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and the study of the Scriptures.
 

V. 

To keep the Eucharist and the Gospel at the center of our lives.  

VI.

To acquire knowledge and inspiration of the Franciscan spirituality of our patron Saint Francis of Assisi.
 

VII.

To infuse our daily life with compassion, service, community, simplicity, reverence for creation, dignity of human persons, peacemaking, prayer, and support of family unity.
 

VIII.

To welcome celibate and married Roman Catholic priests and laity.
 

​IX.

To be respectful to the Pope, Patriarchs, Bishops, Abbot General, Minister General, and members of our Order.
 

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-three-year history of involvement and collaboration with a number of other communities as well, including: Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, and other Orthodox jurisdictions; Syro-Chaldean; Celtic; Anglican; and various Eastern Catholic traditions.                                       

Catholic Apostolic Church / Eastern Rite / International Ordinariate was canonically created in 1985 as the Personal Prelature of Pope John Paul II. At that time we had to work with total confidentiality. We went public in 2013. It was later named the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and, is most recently known as the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE). Its leadership is provided by Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE, who is now the Abbot General.

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!
          
        Abbot Father Michael+, ofe
 
Abbot General Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, DD, STD, PhD                          Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. | Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular | Order of Franciscans Culdee
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical | Sanctification of Families Union of 
Saint Francis of Assisi | Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests
Holy Apostles Monastery | Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
 
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