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Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order 

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos

 

 Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE)

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE)

(“an Order within an Order”)

with distinct and independent ecclesiastical functions

 

Bishop Protector

                                       
 
Most Reverend +Dermot P. Rodgers, FM, BA, MA, MDiv 
Bishop: Missionary Province of Saint Peter of Rome
Priest: Saint Peter of Rome Roman Catholic Mission  
Bishop Protector: 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE)
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) 
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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) (Est. October 4, 2011 | Inc. January 5, 2018)​   Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) (Est. August 24, 2019)

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order 

Because of the fruit of this endeavor, we would like​ the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) to be recognized by the Holy See (the office of the Bishop of Rome).
 
 

The Three Branches of OFE

The Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) ​and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE)  [“an Order within an Order”] with distinct and independent ecclesiastical functions are of priests who are married as well as celibate Roman Catholic priests and who were ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop. Present OFE members and those who join will be members of both orders.​​ Celibate Roman Catholic priest will function as brothers in our Order. 
 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) distinct and independent ecclesiastical functions are: OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Restore Unity of Roman Catholic Married and Celibate Priesthood; Mission Emphasis: Minister to Married Roman Catholic Priests; and Mission Emphasis: Provide the People of God regular access to the Eucharist.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) distinct and independent ecclesiastical functions are: OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Nonprofit Religious Corporation; 
Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach; Mission Emphasis: Minister to celibate, married Roman Catholic and Catholic priests, and laity; and Mission Emphasis: Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters.
 
Brief History of Celibacy in the Catholic Church Click Here
 

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) Application Protocol: Video Click Here

 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) Application Form: Click Here
 
The second branch is the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) of Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
Roman Catholic Laity Application Protocol: Video Click Here
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES)  Application Form: Click Here
 
The third branch is the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) comprised of married and celibate Catholic autocephalous (ecclesiastically independent) bishops and priests (men and women) who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” and who were not ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) Application Protocol:
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) Application Form: Click Here
 
                                                                                                             
 
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Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est.  August 12, 2011 | Inc.  September 14, 2016) 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) (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 (OFC) (Est. October 4,  2016 |  Disbanded August 15, 2019 ) 

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

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

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) (Est. August 24, 2019)

Mission Statement​ 

The mission statement of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) are 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 of the Eucharist (OFE), the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE), and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Theotokos in Greek means “God-bearer,” but is usually referred to as “Mother of God,” and is a title for the Virgin Mary). The OFE 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.
                                       
The Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate was canonically created in January, 1985 as the Personal Prelature of Pope (Saint) John Paul II. ​The International Ordinariate as a Personal Papal Prelature was under the guidance of the Russian Emigre Archbishop Josef DeBrulle. The stated purpose of that Prelature, although “under the radar,” (we had to work with total confidentiality) was to oversee the training, internship and subsequent oversight of married men (viri probati) for ordination to the priesthood and to make those married priests available to Roman Catholic bishops. 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) or OFE.
 
Very Reverend Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE, a married Roman Catholic priest, founded the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2011, and the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) on the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle, August 24, 2019. 
 
The specific pastoral activity of the Order of the Eucharist and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE), as was originally desired by Pope John (Saint) Paul II, is to create an avenue for married Roman Catholic priests to return to service in Roman Catholic parishes. Married Roman Catholic priests are priests who married after ordination in the Roman Catholic Church.  
 
May God richly bless you!
          
     Abbot Father Michael+, OFE 
 
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos
Province of Saint Mary Theotokos
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE)
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE)
 
 
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The Coat of Arms of Abbot General Michael Cuozzo, OFE, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD 
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