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Holy Apostles Monastery, Roman Catholic

Spiritual Founder and Abbot :

Abbot Father Michael+, OFE, OFS, DD, STD, PhD

 

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Welcome To Our International Religious Order Website

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Founded within the Personal Papal Prelature of Pope Saint John Paul II in 1985

 
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Saint Paphnutius of Thebes
Patron Saint of Married Priests and Deacons

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              Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE)

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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.
 
“Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.” (Pope Francis)
 
 

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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 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.   
 
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.
 
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Abbot Father Michael+, OFE, OFS, DD, STD, PhD
Abbot, Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos
Abbot General, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Abbot, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular  
Spiritual Founder and Abbot, Holy Apostles Monastery, Roman Catholic
Abbot, Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis 
 
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             Celtic Chaldean Eastern Catholic Roman Catholic Rites

 

For update on the OFE events visit News Brief

For information on the OFE ministries visit Ministries Page

For OFE benchmarks visit Benchmarks Page

 
 

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