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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) 

An Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite

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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES)

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» On November 21, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: GoFundMe Update.
» On November 19, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Feeding the Hungry Children: How You Can Get Involved?
» On November 17, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: GoFundMe Campaign: Food For Hungry Children In Kenya.
» On November 14, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Your Support Brings Hope.
» On November 13, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign.
» On November 5, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Divine Mercy Children’s Orphanage, Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign.
» On October 25, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: What are petition signers saying about married priesthood / optional celibacy? Part VI.
» On October 4, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel:
Who have Ecclesiastical Affiliation with the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical? 
» On October 3, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel:
Ecumenical Friends Update. 
» On September 23, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel:
United In Spirit: OFE Newsletter October 2017 Volume 2 Issue 2. 
» The fifth issue of United in Spirit: OFE Newsletter was posted on its website in September 2017.
» On September 1, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: What are petition signers saying about married priesthood / optional celibacy? Part V.
» On August 10, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests
» On the Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon, August 10, 2017, OFE established the Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests (TACP) for ordained and non-ordained men and women who advocate for married Roman Catholic priesthood, support the goals, mission, charism, and apostolic works of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., with prayer, time, talent, wisdom, encouragement, and treasure. It received its first member of the TACP on the same day. 
» On July 30, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: An Invitation to Volunteers and Benefactors.

» On July 19, 2017, OFE published three programs on its YouTube Channel: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Benchmarks 2017 Part I, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical News Brief Part 2, and Statement of Acceptance Roman Catholic Bishop Most Reverend Francis Joseph Patrick.      

» On July 18, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: What are petition signers saying about married priesthood / optional celibacy? Part IV.

» On July 13, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: What are petition signers saying about married  priesthood / optional celibacy? Part III.

» On July 4, 2017, the Abbot General of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical received a statement from Roman Catholic Bishop +Francis Joseph Patrick. Bishop Francis read a prepared statement at Good Shepherd Chapel at Holy Apostles Monastery in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa, stating that he has accepted appointment as bishop and shepherd of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Holy Apostles Monastery, and Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
 
Members of Holy Apostles Monastery had gathered at Good Shepherd Chapel for the celebration of the Eucharist before the prepared statement was read.
 
How blessed and honored we are to have Bishop +Patrick, as our shepherd.
» On June 22, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical News Brief Part 1.
» On June 18, 2017, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Abbot Bill T. Sullivan, OSM, accepted appointment as a spiritual guide on the Advisory Board of the Order of Franciscans Culdee (OFC).
»  On June 17, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: What are petition signers saying about married priesthood / optional celibacy? Part II.
» On June 16, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: What are petition signers saying about married priesthood / optional celibacy?
» On June 8, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Origin of the Culdee. 
» On June 7, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: History of celibacy in the Catholic Church.
» On June 4, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: A brief history of celibacy in the Catholic Church.
» On May 29, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Remembering the little ones.
» On May 28, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: What does the Lord require of you?
» On May 23, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Ecumenical Friends.
» On May 19, 2017, OFE published two programs on its YouTube Channel: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Benchmarks 2016 and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Benchmarks 2015.

» On May 17, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.  

» On May 8, 2017, OFE published two programs on its YouTube Channel: Our Goals and Our Mission and Our Charism and Our Apostolic Works. 
» On May 6, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis.
» On May 3, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Roman Catholic Models for Married Priests.
» On April 21, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Food is Love.
» On April 13, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Who we are? 
» On April 11, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: “I will make you fishers of men.”
» On April 5, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Save My Church and Restore Married Priesthood / Optional Celibacy Back into the Roman Catholic Church (Petition).
» On Thursday, March 9, 2017, memorial of Saint Frances of Rome, Religious, the OFE formed its fourth ecclesiastical affiliation (charter) with Our Lady of Knock Abbey, which is in Massachusetts, USA. Reverend Father Terence M. McDonough+, OFE, is the founder and Abbot of the  Abbey.
» On Sunday, January 8, 2017, Epiphany of the Lord, the OFE established its third ecclesiastical affiliation (charter) with the Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha in Virginia, USA.  They are a contemplative Roman Catholic religious order of monks and nuns. The hermitage is under the administration of Hermits of Divine Mercy.
 
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, is the Guardian of the Hermits of Divine Mercy.
»  On January 5, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Plight of African Kenyan Children and God’s Call to Us.
»  On January 3, 2017, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel:
United In Spirit: OFE Newsletter January 2017 Volume 2 Issue 1. 
» The fourth issue of United in Spirit: OFE Newsletter was posted on its website in January 2017.
» November 18, 2016, OFE welcomed the Right Reverend Dom +Alistair Bate, OSBA, (csr), its first Celtic Bishop, to the Order of Franciscans Culdee Advisory Board as a spiritual guide. Bishop Alistair is the Presiding Bishop of the Holy Celtic Church and Abbot-Founder of the Holy Cross Benedictines of Adoration (OSBA), an autocephalous and idiorrhythmic monastic congregation in Switzerland.
» On October 28, 2016, Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
and Holy Apostles Monastery was granted pontifical status by the Holy See (the office of the Bishop of Rome). OFE has an ecclesiastical affiliation with the Monastery.

» Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help of Holy Apostles Monastery, gathered at the Good Shepherd Chapel on Thursday, October 27, 2016, for renewal of vows. There was also celebration of having Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo as its first Abbot General for its Congregation and Monastery. The Holy Apostles Monastery Center for Children was named Father Michael Cuozzo Foundation Center for Love and Hope. OFE has a charter with the Monastery.

» October 24, 2016, OFE welcomed the Most Reverend Andrew Sagayam, its first Catholic Bishop, to the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., Advisory Board. The Most Reverend Sagayam is from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Thomas the Apostle, USA, and India. Bishop Sagayam joined OFE on June 2, 2016. OFE has an ecclesiastical affiliation with the Archdiocese.
» On October 21, 2016, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Canonical Basis for Married Priest to Function in Danger of Death Situations. 
» On the Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2016, the Abbot General of OFE established the Order of Franciscans Culdee (OFC), for married and celibate Roman Catholic priests. The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical and the Order of  Franciscans Culdee were fused together in a single entity (“an Order within an Order”) with distinct and independent ecclesiastical functions. Present members and those who join will be members of both orders.
» On September 22, 2016, OFE published three programs on its YouTube Channel: United In Spirit: OFE Newsletter January 2016 Volume 1 Issue 1; United In Spirit: OFE Newsletter May 2016 Volume 1 Issue 2; United In Spirit: OFE Newsletter September 2016 Volume 1 Issue 3.
» On September 14, 2016, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross,
the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., became a non-profit charity corporation. A month later it received an Internal Revenue Service determination letter, and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charity, and donations to the Abbey are tax deductible.
» The third issue of United in Spirit: OFE Newsletter was posted on its website in September 2016.
 
» July 21, 2016, OFE welcomed its first Orthodox and Catholic Bishop to the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., Advisory Board. He is Right Reverend Mar +Michael Melchizedek of the Eastern Apostolic Church.  It is an Eastern jurisdiction (Nebraska Ukrainian Orthodox Exarchate) that follows both Orthodox and Catholic traditions.
» On the Memorial of Saint Benedict, July 11, 2016, OFE established the
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis. The Union is an international confraternity of prayer and ministry. It is comprised of priests, brothers, sisters, and laity who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests are welcome as members.
» On Thursday, June 2, 2016, the Memorial of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs, OFE established its second ecclesiastical affiliation (charter) with the
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Thomas the Apostle, USA and India. It is under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Holy Catholic Church International, Florida, USA.
» Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016, OFE welcomed its first Orthodox Priest to the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., Advisory Board. He is Reverend Father Charalambos Ocen of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa and the Holy Metropolis of Kampala and all Uganda.
 
» On May 2, 2016, Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Abbot Father Michael was offered an opportunity to pastor an Italian-Greek (Eastern) Catholic Mission, a Byzantine Greek Catholic Rite that is in union with the Bishop of Rome. Though geography prevents acceptance of this position, it was an honor to be invited, as well as a welcome reflection of acceptance of married priesthood.
» The second issue of United in Spirit: OFE Newsletter was posted on its website in May 2016.
» In late April, 2016, OFE sent a petition directed at Pope Francis to Catholic Church Reform International (CCRI) with a request to approve it for posting on their website. It asks that, especially during this extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, married Roman Catholic priests be reinstated as official ministerial Catholic priests. It was appended and approved. It was posted on May 16, 2016.
 
Abbot Father Michael+, OFE, is a CCRI Advisor. 
» On March 27, 2016, Father Aneesh (Devasia) Puthenpurackal the OFE’s first Eastern Catholic celibate priest in good standing, professed as a Franciscan brother. Father Puthenpuracka is a priest in the Syro-Malabar Eastern Catholic Diocese of the Chaldean Tradition and serves as rector of its seminary.
» Very Reverend Father Archdeacon John F. Demeis, of the Italian-Greek (Eastern) Catholic Church (a Byzantine Greek Catholic Rite) was received as its first Eastern Catholic laity of OFES on February 19, 2016.
» The initial issue of United in Spirit: OFE Newsletter was posted on its website in January 2016.
» On May 5, 2015, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign.
»  On June 19, 2015, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel: End
the Priest Shortage.
» On July 18, 2015, OFE received its first married Roman Catholic priest as a professed Franciscan friar and brother.
» On August 5, 2015, OFE published a program on its YouTube Channel:
Food for Hungry Children in Kenya.
» An OFE married priest concelebrated Mass and was homilist at a USA Roman Catholic parish on September 27, 2015.
» On September 29, 2015, OFE received its first celibate Roman Catholic priest in good standing  as a professed Franciscan brother.
 
» On the Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, November 13, 2015, OFE established the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) for wives of married Roman Catholic priests and for Roman Catholic laity in good standing. It received its first professed secular Franciscan of the OFES on the same day. 
» On Sunday, November 29, 2015, First Sunday of Advent,  OFE formed an ecclesiastical affiliation (charter) with the Holy Apostles Monastery, Roman Catholic in Kenya, East Africa.  The monastery is under the administration of Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 
» Tuesday, December 8, 2015,  celebration of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  an open letter on married Roman Catholic priests was mailed to his Holiness Pope Francis and was posted on its website as well.
» On December 23, 2015, OFE published six programs on its YouTube Channel: An Open Letter to His Holiness Pope Francis on Behalf of Married Roman Catholic Priests; Order of Franciscan Ecumenical Application Protocol; A Call to Catholic Laity; Invitation to Partnership; An Invitation to Celibate Roman Catholic Priests; An Invitation to Roman and Eastern Catholic Bishops; and An Invitation to Married Roman Catholic Priests.
» On the Nativity of the Lord, December 25, 2015, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical and Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos launched its new website, forming an international Franciscan religious order.
 
Abbot Father Michael+, OFE, is Holy Apostles Monastery Abbot and  Founder. 
» On the Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2011, Father Michael Cuozzo established the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE). 
» On August 12, 2011, celebration of Saint Jane de Frances de Chantal, Father Michael Cuozzo established the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos. 
 
 
 
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