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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; and Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests Registration Form: Click Here
 

Mr. Michael Ude. OFES, BS, OND

Mr. Michael Ude became a professed secular Franciscan of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on May 23, 2019. His religious name is Brother Michael Francis Stephen.
 
Brother Michael Francis Stephen is a parishioner at Saint Mark’s Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Awgu, Enugu State, Gnugu, Nigeria, West Africa. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from Tansian University and an Ordinary National Diploma from the Federal College of Agriculture. 
 
Michael Ude is a presenter at Vision Africa Radio 104.1 FM. 
 
A seminarian at Catholic Institute of West Africa. The Catholic Institute of West Africa is a higher Ecclesiastical Institute of the Catholic Church in the West African Sub-region.  Founded in 1981 by the then Association of Episcopal Conference of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA) for the study of theology and related disciplines in the socio-cultural context of West Africa.​ The Institute took off on December 8, 1981 at Ozuoba in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in a house formerly used by Jesuit Priests as a Retreat Center. 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical,Inc., Board of Directors

The present members of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., Board of Directors are Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, President, and Patricia Cuozzo, OFES, Secretary and Treasurer, Reverend Paul Ochieng-Ogada+, DMB, Member, Reverend Friar Andrew Sagayam+, OFE, Member, and Brother Leonard Ndegwa, DMB, Member.
 

On May 23, 2019, upon a motion made, seconded, and unanimously carried, Reverend Friar Rouville Fisher, III+, OFE, and Reverend Father William Seuffert+, HDM, were elected voting members on the Board of Directors to the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.
 
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We are one of the first winners of a 2019 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. ​On May 21, 2019, the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. has earned a spot on the 2019 Top-Rated List.  GreatNonprofits​ is a registered non-profit organization based in the United States that describes itself as “the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about great non-profits.”​​​
 
The mission statement of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is of funding the Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign and to meet the needs of orphan children that we serve so that they may grow, learn, and have the opportunities of life that they deserve.​​
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The mission statement of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., is 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.
 
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Saint Peter, Married, Apostle, Pope, Patriarch, and Martyr
 
Save my Church and restore married priesthood / optional celibacy back into the Roman Catholic Church Click Here
 
The Church is suffering within its own ranks. On the grassroots level, we meet priests who live in grief and sometimes in poverty. We welcome Pope Francis acknowledging in Amoris Laetitia that “we could draw from the experience of the broad oriental tradition of a married clergy.”
 
The mission of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. (OFE) 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. Canon Laws 212 §2 and §3 tell us that we have the duty to express our views about the Church’s “matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful.” Men who have left the priesthood to marry are made to feel that they failed merely because they wanted the fulfillment of wives and families of their own. Sadly, they have become disheartened by the Church’s abandonment.
 
All of us have seen how many good priests have been dismissed because they chose to love a woman and have a family. Most of them have to find other work to support their families. Those who could not find work often have been pushed into poverty and suffered emotionally because of the treatment they have received from the Church.
 
Countless people in the pews have let it be known that they want a priest – married or celibate, it matters little – who will be compassionate about their life issues. Many would welcome a move of the Church to allow married priests back into active priesthood. If the Church is willing to welcome married Episcopal priests into our Church, surely you should be open to accepting former and now married Roman Catholic priests.
 
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Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE                                                                                        Very Reverend Friar Michael Cuozzo, OFE, DD. STD, PhD
 
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The mission statement of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is of funding the Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign and to meet the needs of orphan children that we serve so that they may grow, learn, and have the opportunities of life that they deserve.
OFE, OFES, and COFE Mourn the Death of
Reverend Friar Donald H. Kelpinski+, OFE, MDiv, MEd
 
Of Blessed Memory
 
Reverend Friar Donald H. Kelpinski, OFE, MDiv, MEd, died Thursday, March 14, 2018, in Hesperia, California, USA, after a long illness.
 
Reverend Donald H. Kelpinski, OFE became a professed Franciscans Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on August 20, 2015. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on October 16, 2016. He was an active participant in OFE and will be missed.
 
Father Donald and his wife Gloria was received into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of the Archdiocese of North America in 2003. They were married two years later. He was a tonsured reader in his Orthodox community. A reader, also called a lector is the second-highest of the minor orders of the Orthodox Church. It is a clerical order to which a man is tonsured and ordained, to read in services and in the Divine Liturgy.​ 
 
He was a member Saint George the Great Martyr Orthodox Church, Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Diocese of the West,Hesperia, CA, USA. 
 
Father Donald is survived by his dear wife of 14 years Gloria Teresa Kelpinski.
 
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We were one of the first to earn a 2019 Seal of Transparency. On Sunday, March 31, 2019, the Bronze GuideStar Seal of Transparency was awarded to the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. 
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On Monday, March 11, 2019, the certificate of registration was issued under the seal of the Copyright Office in accordance with title 17, United States Code, attest that registration has been made for the work of the OFE Logo. The effective date of the registration was August 01, 2018.
 
Abbot Father Sean Anderson+, OFC Advisor, CFC
 
 
On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Father Sean Anderson, CFC, accepted appointment as a spiritual guide on the Advisory Board of the Order of Franciscans Culdee.
 
Abbot Sean was ordained to the diaconate and presbyterate in the Eaglais Uilíoch Ársa Solas Críost (EUASC) by Archbishop Brendan Rumph. He is the Abbot of the Celtic Franciscan Companions (CFC) within the Celtic Catholic Church USA, Anam Cara Episcopate. The CFC is an Order that “embrace the distinct, yet very interconnected spiritualities and charisms of the Franciscan Mendicant tradition with Celtic, Desert, Benedictine, and new monastic spirituality and its forms of historic and New Monasticism. We vow to live a life of the ‘Perigrini Christi’ – the one who sees life as a pilgrimage of Anam Cara, Soul Friendship, with Christ. Through our soul friendship and compassion, we seek to become the hands, feet, and heart of Christ within Creation and towards all whom we meet along the way.”
 
Abbot Sean holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv), and several Information technology industry certifications.
 

He is a former professional musician, grows vegetables, and raises chickens.

R​everend Friar Abel Makahamadze, OFE, BA, DipTh, DipPhil
On Friday, November 30, 2018, Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle, Reverend Father Abel Makahamadze, became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. Father Abel’s religious name is Brother John of the Cross. 
 
Reverend Makahamadze was ordained to the diaconate and presbyterate by Right Reverend Patrick Mutume of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) in Harare, Zimbabwe, East Africa. The name of his priory will be the Redeeming Christ OFE Priory.
 
The OFE, OFES, COFES, and DMB Mourn the Death of
Archbishop Emeritus John Njenga
 
Of Blessed Memory
 
It is with great sorrow that the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa wishes to announce the passing on to glory of their beloved Archbishop Emeritus, Most Reverend John Njenga at the age of 90, which occurred on Sunday, November 4, 2018. 
 
Archbishop Njenga was born on December 25, 1928 at Tigoni, Limuru, Kiambu County as the last born to the late Mzee Peter Kimani and Mama Maria Wanjiru. His siblings were: Muthoni, Nderu, Mwaura, and Nyambura.

He was ordained priest on February 17, 1957 in Lioki Parish, Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi by the late J.J McCarthy then the Archbishop of Nairobi and later appointed Bishop of Eldoret in October 19, 1970. In October 25, 1988, he was appointed Bishop of Mombasa where he served until his retirement on April 1, 2005 aged 76. Archbishop Njenga served as priest for 61 years and Bishop for 48 years.
 
Archbishop Emeritus John Njenga​ was beloved friend of the Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (DMB) and second bishop that accepted DMB in his diocese.
 
The Very Reverend Father Archdeacon John F. Demeis, OFES
The Very Reverend Father Archdeacon F. Demeis, OFES  and seven other deacons of the Archdiocese of New York City, New York, USA celebrated their 25th anniversary at Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral by Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan. 
 
Archdeacon Demeis, of the Italian-Greek (Eastern) Catholic Church (a Byzantine Greek Catholic Rite) was received as our first Eastern Catholic laity of the OFES on February 19, 2016.
OFE, OFES, and COFE Mourn the Death of
Most Rev. Wencesloa Padilla, CICM
 
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Of Blessed Memory
 
Mongolia mourns Filipino Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, first prelate of Mongolia, died on September 25, 2018, at the age of 68, following a heart attack. The bishop, who was a member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM).
 
Born in 1949 in Tubao in the northern Philippine province of La Union, Bishop Padilla entered the seminary in 1960 and in 1976 was ordained a priest.
 
He was a missionary in Taiwan and, for six years, a provincial superior of the Chinese provinces of his congregation.
 
When in 1991 Mongolia and the Holy See established diplomatic relations, he was sent as a missionary to Urga.
 
In April 1992, he was appointed ecclesiastical superior of the mission of Urga where he took care of street children, the homeless, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
 
On July 8, 2002, Pope St. John Paul II established the Apostolic Prefecture of Ulaanbaatar and named the missionary its first prefect.
 
On Aug. 2, 2003, Bishop Padilla received the titular see of Tharros. He received his episcopal consecration on Aug. 29, 2003, from Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe.
 
Bishop Padilla was a friend of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE)​ and the first bishop to express praise and appreciation of the mission, goals, and charism (gift) of OFE. He was thankful that we were providing a feeding program for twenty-three orphan children at the Divine Mercy Children’s Orphanage, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. Bishop Padilla was a dear friend of OFE and will be missed.
 
The OFE, OFES, and COFES Mourn the Death of
Reverend Friar Leonard Edward Schmidt, OFE, BEd, BA, MA
 
LEONARD EDWARD SCHMIDT Obituary pic
Of Blessed Memory
 
Reverend Friar Leonard Edward Schmidt, OFE, BEd, BA, MA, died Monday, August 13, 2018, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, after a long illness.  
 
Friar Leonard Schmidt, OFE became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on November 9, 2015. He was a member of the Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Friar Leonard was an active participant in OFE and will be missed. 
 
He is survived by his wife Adeline Kvemshagen Schmidt. They enjoyed a happy, loving marriage for over 48 years, which was anchored by their Roman Catholic and United Church faiths. 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Rule of Life
 
A rule is the most straightforward description of a religious way of life. The Rule of 1223  A.D. was written by Saint Francis of Assisi, approved by Pope Honorius III. The Friars, Brothers, and Laity of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical commit to the General Rule, a modern interpretation of the 1223 A.D. Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi is this:
 
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
 
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
 
To live a life of commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and to serve him faithfully.
 
To acclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and the study of the Scriptures.
 
To keep the Eucharist and the Gospel at the center of our lives. 
 
To acquire knowledge and inspiration of the Franciscan spirituality of our patron Saint Francis of Assisi.
 
To infuse our daily life with compassion, service, community, simplicity, reverence for creation, dignity of human persons, peacemaking, prayer, and support of family unity.
 
To welcome celibate and married Roman Catholic priests and laity.
 
To be respectful to the Pope, Patriarchs, Bishops, Abbot General, Minister General, and members of our Order.
 
Differences between the three branches of our Order
 
 
A friend who has expressed interest in our order has asked this question: What are the differences between the three branches of your Order?
 
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) is of priests and brothers who are married as well as celibate Roman Catholic priests and who were ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop. 
 
The second branch is the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) of Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
The third branch is the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) comprised of married and celibate Catholic autocephalous bishops and priests who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” and who were not ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.
Why the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical have priories?
 
 
A priest who has voiced interest in our Order has asked this question: Why priories? Our priories are places 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 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 (gift). The priory is where all are welcome to celebrate Eucharist and other sacraments.
 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Video Programs

Rule of Life Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE): Video Click Here; Our Goals and Our Mission: Video Click Here; Our Charism and Our Apostolic Works: Video Click Here; Wanted Married Roman Catholic Priests: Video Click Here; Wanted Celibate Roman Catholic Priests: Video Click Here; Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) Application Protocol: Video Click Here;  Wanted Roman and Eastern Catholic College of Bishops: Video Click Here; Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) Application Protocol: Video Click Here;  Roman Catholic Laity Application Protocol: Video Click Here; Honoris Causa Members:Video Click Here; Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests:  Video Click Here; OFE Charters: Video Click Here; Ecumenical Friends | Religious Orders and Churches: Video Click Here; Office of Mission Support: Video Click Here; and An Invitation To Get Involved: Video Click Here
 
United in Spirit: OFE Newsletter
November 2018 Volume 3 Issue 1 Click Here 
Valerie J. Stroud, OFES (hc), BA, DipRS
Valarie J. Stroud was awarded an Honoris Causa membership in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) on the 4th day of October, 2018, the Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi. An Honoris Causa (Latin: “for the sake of honor”) membership is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church. She lives in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool in the UK.
 
Valerie Stroud has served the reform movement for 25 years in the UK and internationally. She is the Webmaster and Communications Manager for We Are Church International, a network of national groups committed to reform of the Roman Catholic Church. She is also the Chairman of The People of God Trust /Catholics for a Changing Church in the UK and Hon. Treasurer for the International Federation for a Renewed Catholic Ministry. Her degree studies with the Open University in the 1990’s enabled her to develop her understanding of how power works in groups and societies, including the Church. For her Diploma she studied World Religions and how they adapt to change and the modern world.
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; and Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests Registration Form: Click Here.
 
Rev. Friar Anthony A.M. Pearson, COFE, STD, DD, MTh, MA, MEd, BA, ThG
 
Most Reverend Anthony A.M. Pearson, COFE, STD, DD, MTh, MA, MEd, BA, ThG
 
Abbot General Michael Cuozzo, OFE, on September 8, 2018, established the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE), for Catholic autocephalous bishops and priests who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”
 
On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary, Reverend Father Anthony A.M. Pearson, became its first professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE). Father Pearson’s religious name is Brother Anthony of the Divine Mercy.  The name of his priory will be Saint Maria Faustina of the Divine Mercy OFE Priory.
 
Most Reverend Rouville M. Fisher, III, ordained Father Pearson to the diaconate, presbyterate, and as bishop to serve the jurisdictional Diocese of Saint Maria Faustina of the Divine Mercy of the Independent Catholic Church of North America (ICCONA), New Braunfels, Texas, USA.
 
Bishop Anthony A.M. Pearson has been in Christian ministry for 40 years serving as a pastor, educator, author, counselor, and consultant. He also worked in law enforcement, the military, and as a public educator/counselor. After 20 years as an ordained protestant, evangelical, Baptist minister, serving churches from Massachusetts to Texas; he embraced the Catholic faith after spiritual visions and revelations he received while on pilgrimage to the Holy Lands in 1991. Returning to higher education in 1994, he completed numerous graduate degrees and received an honorary doctorate. Through these experiences he gained new insights and understandings; and began the journey of preparation which led to his seeking Holy Orders through Independent Catholic Church of North America (ICCONA), and his studying as a seminarian at Saint
Michael’s Seminary. 
 
Bishop Pearson is the past president and dean of Saint Michael’s Old Catholic Seminary, former bishop of the Diocese of Saint Maria Faustina of the Divine Mercy, and retired rector of Saint Maria Faustina Parish, New Braunfels, Texas, USA.
 
He is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Texas. He is married to Marsha Lee Emery, and is father to five sons and grandfather to eleven grandchildren.
 
Bishop Pearson and his wife Marsha are attending the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), or Ordo Initiationis Christianae Adultorum (OICA) instruction at Saint Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Parish in Canyon Lake, Texas, USA. RCIA or OICA is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism.
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE)
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical 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 by Joseph 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)
 
Novitiate of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES)
On the Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist, August 29, 2018, the Reverend Friar Terence M. McDonough+, OFE, Founder and Abbot of Our Lady of Knock Abbey established a Franciscan Novitiate Program of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) at his parish. He is the pastor at The Friends of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
 
The OFE has a charter with Our Lady of Knock Abbey. The Reverend Friar Terence M. McDonough became a member of OFE on March 9, 2017.
 
Most Reverend Phillip Francis Straling, OFE (hc), DD
 
Most Reverend Phillip Francis Straling, DD
 
Most Reverend Phillip Francis Straling was awarded an Honoris Causa membership in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) on the 14th day of July 2018, the Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, and the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino.  An Honoris Causa (Latin: “for the sake of honor”) membership is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church, the Dioceses of San Diego, San Bernardino, and Reno. He is Bishop Emeritus in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno, Reno, Nevada, USA. 
 
On July 14, 1978, San Bernardino native Phillip Francis Straling, was appointed as the Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, USA. He was ordained bishop on November 6, 1978. The new diocese comprises of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The Diocese of San Bernardino used to be part of the Diocese of San Diego, San Diego, California, USA. He served as bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino from 1978–1995.
 
In 1995, Pope John Paul II divided the state of Nevada into two dioceses – the Diocese of Las Vegas in the south and the reconstituted Diocese of Reno in the north – and called Bishop Straling to assume leadership of the Diocese of Reno, Reno, Nevada, USA. He was installed as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Reno on June 29, 1995 and served there until his retirement in 2005. He holds the title of Bishop Emeritus in the Diocese of Reno.
 
On June 29, 1988, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE celebrated his 30th anniversary of his priesthood ordination. He was ordained by Bishop Phillip Francis Straling.  
 
Bishop-Elect Reverend Father Charalambos Ocen+, DipTh
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bishop-Elect Reverend Father Charalombos Ocen+, DipTh

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, the OFE formed its fifth ecclesiastical affiliation (charter) with Saints Cyrillos and Methodios Greek Orthodox Church, which is in Katakwi, Uganda, East Africa. Bishop-Elect Reverend Father Charalambos Ocen is the founder and pastor of the parish. He is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa and the Holy Metropolis of Kampala and all Uganda.  December 27, 2016, Father Ocen was elected a member on the Board of Directors to the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.  For the last three years he has been an Advisory Board member for the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. There is a thirty year history of involvement and collaboration between the OFE and Orthodox jurisdictions.                                                                              
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Acquisition International Announce the Winners of the 2018 Business Excellence Awards
 
 

                             Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos was awarded                               Best Non-Profit Charity Corporation – California

 
Press Release: United Kingdom, 2018 – Acquisition International Magazine have announced the winners of the 2018 Business Excellence Awards.
 
In these times of financial and economic upheaval, the business environment can be more uncertain than ever. From global issues of an increasingly erratic climate, to political instability and data security questions, enterprises are facing challenges, new and old. With our programme, we provide an overview of the very best of the best, who have worked hard to achieve phenomenal success for their clients.
 
Discussing the awards, Laura Hunter, Coordinator comments on the success of their deserving winners: “These awards rewards and recognise the hard work undertaken by businesses of all sizes from across the corporate landscape. Congratulations and best of luck for the future to all of my winners, I am extremely proud of your success.”
 
Acquisition International prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.
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The mission statement of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is of funding the Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign and to meet the needs of orphan children that we serve so that they may grow, learn, and have the opportunities of life that they deserve.
 
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. All donations to this corporation are used for the sole purpose of supporting the Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign. There is no compensation of any kind paid to the President/CEO or other Board members.​ 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 
 
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is a qualified exempted organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID # 81-3995235
 
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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., Board of Directors
On April 16, 2018, upon a motion made, seconded, and unanimously carried, Reverend Paul Ochieng-Ogada+, DMB, Reverend Friar Andrew Sagayam+, OFE, and Brother Leonard Ndegwa, DMB, were elected voting members on the Board of Directors to the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.
 
The present members of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., Board of Directors are Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, President, and Patricia Cuozzo, OFES, Secretary and Treasurer.
 
The OFE, OFES, and COFE Mourn the Death of
The Most Rev. Dr. Eileen Bonnie Devlin, TOR 
 
Of Blessed Memory
 
Rev. Dr. Eileen Bonnie Devlin, musician, ordained minister, music therapist, composer, performer and recording artist, died on March 1, 2018 in Ellington Florida, USA. Bonnie was born on September 27, 1952 in Plainfield, NJ and raised in Rahway, N.J. She graduated from Douglass College in New Brunswick, NJ with a BA degree in Philosophy in 1974. In her lifelong dedication to learning and education, she earned four advanced degrees: MA in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education; MA in Creative Arts Education, both from Rutgers University; a PhD in Aesthetics and Humanities from NYU; a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Bonnie dedicated her life’s work to building bridges between cultural groups through education, music and performing arts. She believed that all cultures share common traits that unify all humans. Her work was focused on building communities of welcoming, nurturing and joyful diversity.”
 
She was a member of the Order of Franciscans Culdee (OFC) Advisory Board from December 27, 2016 until March 1, 12018. She was very supportive of the OFE | OFC and will be missed. 
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.
 
 
In February, 2018, Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos was awarded “Best Non-Profit Charity Corporation – California,” by Acquisition International, AI Global Media Ltd., United Kingdom.  Acquisition awards are based solely on merit, meaning that there are no commercial requirements, no awards guaranteed by payment, and no barriers to entry. The only factors that will determine success are the work that is done and the results achieved.  The nomination came in January, and was subject to a lengthy and in-depth assessment process designed to enable Acquisition International to give recognition to those organizations considered remarkable. 
 
The Board of Directors of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. express gratitude to Laura Hunter, Assistant Awards Manager – AI Global Media Ltd., as well as to the in-house research team for compiling the Abbey’s case file, the judging panel, and all involved
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Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is proud to be 100% trustworthy.
 
 
The mission statement of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is of funding the Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign and to meet the needs of orphan children that we serve so that they may grow, learn, and have the opportunities of life that they deserve.
 
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. All donations to this corporation are used for the sole purpose of supporting the Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign. There is no compensation of any kind paid to the President/CEO or other Board members.​ 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 
 
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is a qualified exempted organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID # 81-3995235
 
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Deborah Rose-Milavec, OFES (hc)
Deborah Rose-Milavec was awarded an Honoris Causa membership in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) on the 6th day of February, 2018, the Memorial of Saint Paul Milki and companions, Martyrs. An Honoris Causa (Latin: “for the sake of honor”) membership is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church. She resides in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
 
Deborah Rose-Milavec is the Executive Director of FutureChurch. They are a national coalition of parish-centered Catholics seeking changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in Church life and leadership. FutureChurch works for just, open and collaborative structures for Catholic worship, organization and governance; a return to the Church’s early tradition of both married and celibate priests; a return to the Church’s earliest tradition, modeled on the inclusive practice of Jesus recognizing both female and male leaders of faith communities, and regular access to the Eucharist, the center of Catholic life and worship, for all Catholics.
 
Deborah has worked among some of the most vulnerable in our society. She has directed programs and campaigns related to domestic violence, at-risk youth, humanitarian aid, war and peace, and the environment. She holds a master’s degree in theology and, most recently, she served as program director and vice president of Catherine of Siena Virtual College, an online school dedicated to teaching women and men about gender inequity in church and society, with a special outreach to Africa, China, India, the Philippines, Thailand and Latin America.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., Board of Directors
On the Feast of Saint John Neumann, Bishop, January 5, 2018, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., was incorporated as a non-profit religious corporation. The sole purpose of this corporation (Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.) is to minister to celibate and married Roman Catholic priests and laity. This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
 
The present members of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., Board of Directors are Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, President, and Patricia Cuozzo, OFES, Secretary and Treasurer.
 
On April 16, 2018, upon a motion made, seconded, and unanimously carried, Reverend Paul Ochieng-Ogada+, DMB, Reverend Friar Andrew Sagayam+, OFE, and Brother Leonard Ndegwa, DMB, were elected voting members on the Board of Directors to the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.
 
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The mission statement of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical is 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.
 
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., is a non-profit corporation, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organized and operated exclusive for religious purposes.  Donations to the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. (USA) are tax deductible. The specific purpose of this corporation is to minister to celibate and married Roman Catholic priests and laity. There is no compensation of any kind paid to the President/CEO or other Board members.​ Checks or money orders payable to the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., please mail to: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.,  Post Office Box 77775, Corona, California 92877-0125 USA 
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. is a qualified exempted organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID # 30-1042746
 
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