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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)
 
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
 
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
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Video Programs:
 
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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application and Registration Forms:
 
  • Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) Application Form: Click Here
  • Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) Application Form: Click Here
  • Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES)  Application Form: Click Here
  • Sanctification of Families Union of St. Francis of Assisi Application Form: Click Here
  • Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests Registration Form: Click Here
 
Why members have priories?
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical priories are places to minister to married and celibate Roman Catholic and Catholic Priests priests by offering them a welcoming home, support, acceptance, affirmation of their marriages, and validation of their lives and ministries. It also welcomes laity who support married and celibate priest. The priory is a place where we are called to live the Franciscan “Rule of Life” and to assist the Order to accomplish its mission, goals, apostolic works, and charism. The priory is where all are welcome to celebrate Eucharist and other sacraments.
 
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