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WANTED ROMAN CATHOLIC LAITY: CLICK HERE
WANTED ROMAN AND EASTERN CATHOLIC COLLEGE OF BISHOPS: CLICK HERE 
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OUR STORY IN PICTURES PART I: CLICK HERE
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An Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite 

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

 
 
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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) 

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.
 

Rule of Life Order of Franciscans Ecumenical: Click Here

 

The Three Branches of Our Order:

The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) is of priests and brothers who are married as well as celibate Roman Catholic priests and who were ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.
 
The second branch is the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) of Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
The third branch is the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) comprised of married and celibate Catholic autocephalous bishops and priests who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” and who were not ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.
 

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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The Coat of Arms of Abbot General Michael Cuozzo, OFE, DD, STD, PhD
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