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Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order 

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos

 

 Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Minister General 
 

 The Coat of Arms of Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Minister General
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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. October 4, 2011 | Inc. January 5, 2018)​   Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (Est. August 24, 2019)

History of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Click Here

The General Constitutions of OFE Click Here
 

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order 

Because of the fruit of this endeavor and the originally desired by Pope John Paul II,we would like​ the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist to be recognized as a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right.
 
 

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; and 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; and 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 Ecumenicalcomprised of married and celibate Catholic autocephalous (ecclesiastically independent) 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.
 
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Ministries

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est.  August 12, 2011 | Inc.  September 14, 2016) 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. October 4, 2011 | Inc. January 5, 2018)

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (Est.  November 13, 2015) 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters​ (Est. November 29, 2015)

Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi  (Est. July 11, 2016)

Order of Franciscans Culdee  (Est. October 4,  2016 |  Disbanded August 15, 2019 ) 

Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests (Est. August 10, 2017)

Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. September 8, 2018)

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (Est. August 24, 2019)

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est. September 14, 2019)

Support Members Association (Est. October 11, 2019)

Mission Statement​ 

The mission statement of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical are 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.
 

Welcome To Our Website

Welcome to the website of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, the 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 a title for the Virgin Mary). 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 as a Personal Papal Prelature was under the guidance of the Russian Emigre Archbishop Josef 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 subsequent oversight of married men (viri probati) for ordination to the priesthood and to make those married priests available to Roman Catholic bishops. 
 
We went public in 2013. It was later named the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and, is most recently known as the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. The Very Reverend Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE, a married Roman Catholic priest, founded the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2011, and the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist on the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle, August 24, 2019. 
 
The specific pastoral activity of the Catholic Apostolic Church Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate, the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, and the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, as was originally desired 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. 
 
May God richly bless you!
          
     Abbot Father Michael+, 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 of the Eucharist 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

 

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