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Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Minister General
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Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

Bishops | Priests

The Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical comprised 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.
 
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have established the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. 
 
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 men and women (ecclesiastically independent)​ bishops and priests (men and women) who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” and were not ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.
 
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 byJoseph 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)
 
Additional Citations:
 
“The Roman Church recognizes the validity of Old Catholic Orders and other Sacraments.” (Catholic Almanac – 1974. Felician A. Roy, OFM, p. 368)
 
“The principal condition is that these sacraments can be received only from validly ordained ministers. These are ministers who belong to “churches that have preserved the substance of the Eucharistic teaching, the sacraments of orders, and apostolic succession.” This would include all Eastern non – Catholic churches, the Polish National Church, Old Catholic, and Old Roman Catholic. (The Pastoral Companion – A Canon Law Handbook for Catholic Ministry – Third Edition by John M. Huels,J.C.D. page 335)
 
“We have no reason to doubt that the Old Catholic Orders are valid. The Apostolic Succession does not depend on obedience to the See of Peter, but rather on the objective line of succession from Apostolic sources, the proper matter and form, and the proper intention … likewise Old Catholic bishops are bishops in Apostolic Succession … The Old Catholics, like the Orthodox, possess a valid priesthood.” (Separated Brethren. William J. Whalan, pp. 204, 248)
 
“When a Catholic sacred minister is unavailable and there is urgent spiritual necessity, Catholics may receive the Eucharist, penance, or anointing from sacred ministers of non-Catholic denominations whose Holy Orders are considered valid by the Catholic Church. This includes all Eastern Orthodox priests, as well as priests of the Old Catholic or Polish National Church.” (Rights and Responsibilities: A Catholic’s Guide to the New Code of Canon Law. Thomas P. Doyle, O.P., p. 44)
 
“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)
 
References
 

Full Text of “Dominus IesusClick Here

Synthesis of the Declaration of “Dominus Iesus” Click Here 
Summary of text of “Dominus IesusClick Here
 
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Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application Protocol
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application Form: 
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application Form: Click Here
 
Why members have friaries or abbeys?
 
Community members of Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, and 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
 
Membership Protocols Click Here 
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