Pax  et  Bonum  Peace  and  Goodness
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
 
Orden de los Franciscanos Ecuménicos

Ordre des Franciscains Œcuméniques

Orden der Franziskaner Ökumenisch    

Amri ya Wafransisko wa Kiekumene    

Ordem Ecumênica dos Franciscanos 

Ordine dei Francescani Ecumenici
 
For an update on Order of Franciscans Ecumenical current events visit News Briefs
 
Founded within the Prelature of Pope John Paul II
Catholic Apostolic Church | Eastern Rite | International Ordinariate
Established 1985
 
 
Saint Pope John Paul II (1920 + 2005)
Founder
Most Reverend​ Archbishop ++Josef Debrulle (1921 + 2000)
Patriarch
Most Reverend​ Mar +John James Dunnigan (1935 + 2009) 
Bishop
Most Reverend +Francis Joseph Patrick, SJ (1948 + 2019)
Bishop
Reverend Sister Patricia Ann Cuozzo, OFES (1944 + 2020)
Foundress
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular
 
Most Reverend Archbishop++Anthony J. Scuderi, NOSF
Bishop Protector of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Apostolic Nuncio for the United States of America for the
(The Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ)
Metropolitan Archbishop of California, USA

Mission Statement

The mission statement 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.

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

An International Ordinariate

 
Because of the fruit of this endeavor since 1985 we would like​ the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist to be recognized as a clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right.
 
We have a presence in Columbia, Hungry, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United States of America, and Zimbabwe.
 

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos(Est. 08/12/2011)

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est. 09/14/2019)

 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical(Est. 10/04/2011)

(The Worldwide Order of Franciscans Ecumenical)

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (Est. 11/13/2015)

Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. 09/08/2018) 

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist​ (Est. 08/24/2019)

Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, Minister General
History of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Point And Click Here
The General Constitutions of OFE Point And Click Here​​
The Structure of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Point And Click Here
 
 
RELIGIOUS ORDER COAT OF ARMS
ORDER OF FRANCISCANS ECUMENICAL

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical 
 
Welcome to Our OFE Website
 
Welcome to the website of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Theotokos in Greek means “God-bearer,” but is usually referred to as “Mother of God,” and is the title for the Virgin Mother). The OFE 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.
Our Canonical History
 
The Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate was canonically created in January, 1985 as the Personal Prelature of Pope John Paul II. The International Ordinariate was under the guidance of the Russian Emigre Archbishop Joseph Debrulle.
 
Note: Personal prelature is a canonical structure of the Catholic Church which comprises a prelate, clergy, and laity who undertake specific pastoral activities.
 
The stated purpose of that Prelature. although “under the radar,” (we had to work with total confidentiality) was to oversee the training, internship and subsequently oversight of married men (viri probati) for ordination to the priesthood and make these married priests available to Roman Catholic bishops. We went public in 2013. 
 
Name Change and Specific Pastoral Activity
 
The Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International was later named the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and most recently known as Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (Est. 09/08/2019) and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. 10/04/2011).
 
The specific pastoral activity of the Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate, as was originally desires by Pope John Paul II, is to create an avenue for married Roman catholic priests to return to service in Roman Catholic parishes. (Married Roman Catholic priests are priests who married after ordination in the Roman Catholic Church).
 
The bishop of the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, Mar +John Dunnigan, endeavored to develop an avenue for married Roman Catholic priests to be incardinated into participation with Eastern Ecclesia which is in union with Rome. The priests accompanied by his wife, may, per Eastern Canon 393, be designated for service to the Roman Catholic jurisdiction that is experiencing a shortage of priests. 
 
The Three Branches of OFE
 
The first branch consists of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist ​and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, which together are considered an order within an order (companion communities). Each Order has separate and distinct realms of emphasis. This branch is comprised of priests who are married, as well as celibate Roman Catholic priests who were ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop. Current OFE members and those who join at a later time will be members of both Orders.​​ Celibate Roman Catholic priests will function as brothers in each Order.​

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist distinct and independent ecclesiastical ​realms are: According to the OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Restore Unity of Roman Catholic Married and Celibate Priesthood; Mission Emphasis: Minister to Married Roman Catholic Priests; Mission Emphasis: Provide the People of God regular access to the Eucharist.

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical distinct and independent ecclesiastical ​realms are: According to the OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Non-profit Religious Corporation; Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach; Mission Emphasis: Minister to celibate, married Roman Catholic and Catholic priests, and laity; Mission Emphasis: Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters.
 
The second branch is the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular of Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.

The third branch is the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​ comprised of married and celibate Catholic autocephalous (ecclesiastically independent self-governing) bishops and priests (men and women) who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” and who were not ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.
 
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 OFE commit to the General Rule, a modern interpreation of the 1223 A.D. Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi is this:

When Jesus said, “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)

He also said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

We are to live a life of commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and to serve him faithfully.

We are to acclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and the study of the Scriptures.

We are to keep the Eucharist and the Gospel at the center of our lives.

We are to acquire knowledge and inspiration of the Franciscan spirituality of our patron Saint Francis of Assisi.

We are to infuse our daily life with compassion, service, community, simplicity, reverence for creation, dignity of human persons, peacemaking, prayer, and support of family unity.

We are to welcome celibate and married Roman Catholic priests and laity.

We are to be respectful to Popes, Patriarchs, Bishops, Abbot General, Minister General, and members of our Order.​

Why Member Have Friaries or Abbeys?
 
Community members of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, and the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical set up home-based friaries or abbeys 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 priests. The friary or abbey is a place where members are called to live out the Franciscan “Rule of Life” and to assist OFE to accomplish its mission, goals, apostolic works, and charism. The friary or abbey is where all are welcome to celebrate Eucharist and other sacraments.
 
Friaries or abbeys are self-governing, with friars and brothers supporting themselves and their ministries with secular, church-related, and/or church employment and adhere to the tentmaker tradition of the Apostle Paul, the “modern” term is bi-vocational priest. 
Grace, mercy, and peace,
 
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, Minister General 
                                                                                     
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos​ | Province of Saint Mary Theotokos
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
(The Worldwide Order of Franciscans Ecumenical) 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
 

ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST | ORDER OF FRANCISCANS ECUMENICAL

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, An International Ordinariate
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MA, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD, Minister General
Post Office Box 192
Oneonta, New York 13820-0192 USA
 

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