We are shepherded by the example of the​ Prelature of Pope John Paul II the
Catholic Apostolic Church | Eastern Rite | International Ordinariate, the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.​​​
Precedent for Married Roman Catholic Priests and Bishops Point And Click Here
Prelature of Pope John Paul II Point And Click Here
Federation of Jesus Abbeys Point And Click Here
Father Paul Wattson, SA, Apostle of Christian Unity and Charity Point And Click Here
The General Constitutions of OFE Point And Click Here
History of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Point And Click Here​​
The Structure of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Point And Click Here
“The salvation of souls … is always the supreme law of the Church.” (Canon 1752)
“After it has been validly received sacred ordination never becomes invalid.” (Canon 290)

Our Mission Statement

The mission statement is to minister to celibate and married [widowed] 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.

Our Objective 

“Clerics, whatever their condition, are to care in their heart for all of the Churches, and therefore to serve her wherever there is great necessity; let them show willingness, especially with the permission or encouragement of their own eparchial bishop or superior, to exercise their ministry in the missions or in regions laboring under a shortage of clergy. (1990 Code of Canons of Oriental (Eastern) Churches, Canon 393)

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

An International Ordinariate

We have a presence in Canada, Columbia, Hungry, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, United States of America, and Zimbabwe.

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

AKA Order of Franciscans Ecumenical


Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular​

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos 

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos

Sr. Patricia Cuozzo Memorial Centre

Welcome to Our Roman Catholic 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 [widowed] Roman Catholic priests and to eventually enable them to continue to serve sacramentally within the Roman Catholic Church. [Married Roman Catholic priests are priests who married after ordination in the Roman Catholic Church.]
Become an OFE Priest!  
Be certified as an OFE Roman Catholic Married [widowed] or Single Priest!

The Corporation of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. provides legal certification, faculties, and community support for validly Roman Catholic ordained married [widowed] or single priest. 
Rules | Goals | Objective | Mission | Charism | Apostolic Works​ | General Constitutions
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