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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical College of  Bishops:

Bishop Rouville M. Fisher, III, OFE
Bishop Francis Joseph Patrick
Bishop Anthony A.M. Pearson, COFE
Archbishop Andrew Sagayam, OFE
 

Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE): 

The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have established the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE). 
 
On the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, 2018, the Abbot General of OFE established the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE), for Catholic autocephalous bishops and priests who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church” and were not ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.
 
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) will maintain its distinct identity as an Eastern Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, Western Rite, explicitly universal, international, and Catholic. Present members and those who join COFE are called to assist the Order to accomplish its goals, mission, charism, Apostolic works, and to live out the OFE Franciscan “Rule of Life.”
 

At the Vatican on 16 June 2000, Pope John Paul II ratified and ordered the publication of “Dominus Iesus” (English: The Lord Jesus).                  

This Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was signed and published byJoseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) in August of the same year. In this Declaration, the Roman Catholic Church recognizes the validity of Orders and Sacraments of autocephalous or Old Catholic denominations:
 
“The Churches which, while not existing in perfect communion with the Roman Catholic Church, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is, by Apostolic Succession and a valid Eucharist, are true particular Churches.
 
“Therefore, these separated Churches and communities as such have by no means been deprived of significance and importance in the mystery of salvation. For the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as means of salvation which derive their efficacy from the very fullness of grace and truth entrusted to the Catholic Church.” (IV. Unicity and Unity of the Church, 17)
 

Application for the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE):

Open, read, and print application form: COFE APPLICATION FORM

References
 

Full Text of “Dominus Iesus” Click Here

Synthesis of the Declaration of “Dominus Iesus” Click Here 
Summary of text of “Dominus Iesus” Click Here
 
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