We are shepherded by the example the​ Prelature of Pope John Paul II
Catholic Apostolic Church | Eastern Rite | International Ordinariate and
of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.​​​
 

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​ 

 
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.
 

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 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, Sri Lanka, United States of America.
 

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos 

 

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​ 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular 

Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical 

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
 
 
Feeding The Hungry Children Campaign Charity Donation Link Point And Click Here
Feed The Hungry Orphan Children Video Point And Click Here
Ministry Donation Link Point And Click Here
 
“God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
 
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.
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.
 
Our CanonicalEstablishment
 
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (08/12/2011)
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (10/04/2011)
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (11/13/2015)
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (09/08/2018)
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (08/24/2019)
Province of Saint Mary Theotokos (09/14/2019)
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 
                                                                                     
Bishop-Elect Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos​ | Province of Saint Mary Theotokos
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular
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
 

ABOUT US

We are a Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, An International Ordinariate that minster to celibate and married Roman Catholic and Catholic priests and laity.
 
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