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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 (OFE)

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE)

(“an Order within an Order”)

with distinct and independent ecclesiastical functions

 
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Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE)

Bishops | Priests

The Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) 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 (OFE), Inc. is pleased to announce that we have established the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE). 
 
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)
 
“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
 
OFE Video Programs:
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) Application Protocol:
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application Form: (COFE)
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) Application Form: Click Here
 
Why members have friaries?
 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist​ (OFE),​ Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE), 
and Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​ (COFE) friaries are places 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 priest. The friary is a place where we are called to live the Franciscan “Rule of Life” and to assist the Order to accomplish its mission, goals, apostolic works, and charism. The friary is where all are welcome to celebrate Eucharist and other sacraments.
 
Friaries are self-governing, friars and brothers supporting themselves, and their ministries with secular or church-related employment. 
 
Membership Protocols Click Here 
Brief History of Celibacy in the Catholic Church Click Here
 
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