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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

An Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite   

Because of the fruit of this endeavor, we would like​ the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical to be recognized as an Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite by the Roman Catholic Church.​
 

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

Canonically Founded Jurisdiction of the Eastern Catholic Church

An International Franciscan Religious Order

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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) 

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.
 

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 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 Roman Catholic priest, founded the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2011.​ Its leadership is provided by Abbot Friar 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. 
 

Abbot Friar Michael Cuozzo,OFE would like the OFE to be recognized as an Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite by the Roman Catholic Church.

 
May God richly bless you!
          
        Abbot Father Michael+, OFE                                                              
 
Very Reverend Friar Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, DD, STD, PhD
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