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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

Bishop Protector

Bishop +Dermot P. Rodgers, FM, BA, MA, MDiv 
Motto: Be Thou My Vision
Bishop: Missionary Province of Saint Peter of Rome
Priest: Saint Peter of Rome Roman Catholic Mission  
Bishop Protector: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Email Address: BishopDermot@FranciscansEcumenical.org
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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. October 4, 2011 | Inc. January 5, 2018)

A Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order 

Because of the fruit of this endeavor, we would like​ the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) to be recognized by the Holy See (the office of the Bishop of Rome).​
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Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est.  August 12, 2011 | Inc.  September 14, 2016) 

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

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters​ (Est. November 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) 

Mission Statement​ 

The mission statement of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical is 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.

Welcome To Our Website

Welcome to the website of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Theotokos in Greek means “God-bearer”).  
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-four-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 January, 1985 as the Personal Prelature of Pope John Paul II under the guidance of the Russian Emigre Archbishop Josef DeBrulle. 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). Very Reverend Father Michael Cuozzo, a married Roman Catholic priest, founded the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2011.​ 
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 
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MDiv, DD, PhD
Abbot | Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos
Minister General | Order of Franciscans Ecumenical 
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