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ORDER OF FRANCISCANS ECUMENICAL (OFE)        

An Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite *                                   * Why Western Rite?  We use the liturgy of the Western or Latin origin rather than adopting an Eastern liturgy.  

                                     We have a Roman Catholic Bishop.                                                                    Bishop Patrick’s Statement of Acceptance Click Here

 
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            Save My Church And Restore Married Priesthood / Optional Celibacy Back Into The Roman Catholic Church                     Sign Petition Click Here

 Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. 

                                                          Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE)                                                              An Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite  

Order of Franciscans Culdee (OFC) 

       Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) 

       Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis 

Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests (TACP) 

 News Brief  Click Here     ~     Benchmarks Click Here

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Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign

Food for Hungry Children in Kenya gofundme Click Here

The Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., is a non-profit corporation, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. (USA) are tax deductible. Note: All donations to Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. are used for the sole purpose of supporting the Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign. Checks or money orders payable to the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., please mail to: Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., Post Office Box 77775, Corona, California 92877-0125 USA. 
 
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                 Welcome To Our International Religious Order Website                  

Mission Statement of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
 
The mission 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.
 
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 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. We no longer have ecclesiastical or jurisdictional affiliations with the Order of Culdee (OC).  
 
As historically documented, we were canonically created in 1985 as the Catholic Apostolic Church / Eastern Rite / 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 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.
 
May God richly bless you!
 
Bishop +Francis Joseph Patrick
                                                                                                 
Most Reverend +Francis Joseph Patrick
          Bishop, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Holy Apostles Monastery, 
          and Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
 
  
        Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+
 
Abbot General Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, DD, STD, PhD 
Abbot General, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Holy Apostles Monastery, 
Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos
 
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                                                    The Coat of Arms of
           Abbot General Michael Cuozzo, OFE, DD, STD, PhD
 
for an explanation of coat of arms Click Here 
 
 
 
 
“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son in truth and love.”