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Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE)

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Most Reverend +Dermot P. Rodgers, FM, BA, MA, MDiv 
Bishop: Missionary Province of Saint Peter of Rome
Priest: Saint Peter of Rome Roman Catholic Mission 
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“Like Melchizedek, you are a priest forever.” (Psalm 110:4)​ Married Roman Catholic priests are priests who married after ordination in the Roman Catholic Church.  A priest is always a priest: “sacred ordination never becomes invalid.” (Canon 290)​​​​​
» Very Reverend Friar Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD
    
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   The Coat of Arms of Abbot General Michael Cuozzo, OFE, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD         
  • Birth Place: Liberty, Sullivan County, New York, USA
  • Parents: Joseph Cuozzo, Sr. (02/26/1909 – 04/08/1960)                                                                   Anna (Famiglietti) Cuozzo (02/06/1911 – 03/05/1983)
  • Baptism: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Saint Peter’s Roman           Catholic Church, Liberty, New York, USA
  • First Communion: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Saint Francis         of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Youngsville, New York, USA
  • Confirmation: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Saint Peter’s                  Roman Catholic Church, Liberty, New York, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts: (April 29, 1973) Saint Leo College, Saint Leo, Florida, USA
  • Master of Arts: (June 15, 1979) California State College San Bernardino, San             Bernardino, California, USA
  • Ministry of Reader: (10/09/1986) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San                   Francisco, Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California, USA
  • Ministry of Acolyte: (10/22/1985) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of             San Francisco, Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California, USA
  • Admission to Candidacy for the Diaconate: (04/23/1987) The Roman               Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo         Park, California, USA
  • Secular Franciscan Order (OFS): (03/01/1988) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese         of San Francisco, Saint Francis of Assisi Church, San Francisco, California, USA,     Minister General: Reverend Simon Scanlon, OFM
  • Acceptance for Ordination to the Ministry of Transitory Diaconate and           Presbyterate: (04/01/1988) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San               Francisco, Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California, USA
  • Diaconate Ordination: (04/23/1988) The Roman Catholic Diocese of San                       Bernardino, The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco,               California, USA, Bishop: Most Reverend Anthony S. Apuron, OFM Cap
  • Master of Divinity: (05/01/1988) Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California,       USA
  • Priesthood Ordination: (06/29/1988) The Roman Catholic Diocese of San                     Bernardino, Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, San Bernardino, California, USA,       Bishop: Most Reverend Phillip F. Straling, DD
Priesthood Ordination Prayer Card
 
Priesthood Ordination Certificate
  • Parochial Vicar: (07/01/1988) The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino,            Sacred Heart Church, Redlands, California, USA, Bishop: Most Reverend Phillip        F. Straling, DD
  • Parochial Vicar: (07/01/1990) Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino,                   Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, San Bernardino, California, USA, Bishop: Most     Reverend Phillip F. Straling, DD
  • Parochial Vicar: (07/01/1992) Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino:                   Saint Margaret Mary Church, Chino, California, USA, Bishop: Most Reverend             Phillip F. Straling, DD
  • We Remember Ministries (Est. 08/23/1993) 
  • Married: 11/07/1993
  • Doctor of Sacred Theology: (09/29/1998) Doctoral Dissertation: The               Theological Aspects of Holy Icons in the Orthodox Church, Saint Elias           School of Orthodox Theology, Nebraska, USA
  • Doctor of Philosophy: (04/17/2006) Doctoral Dissertation: Theological Aspects of     Worshipping God in the Holy Eucharist, Northwestern Theological Seminary,             Florida, USA
  • Priest: Catholic Apostolic Church | Eastern Rite | International Ordinariate |               Personal Prelature of Pope John Paul II (03/14/1997) [1997-2004]
  • Priest: Federation of Jesus Abbeys (06/29/2003) [2003-2012)  
  • Priest | Founder: Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos and Our Lady of Grace Chapel       (Est. 08/12/2011)      
  • Priest | Founder: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. 10/04/2011)
  • Chair | Advisory Board: Order of Franciscans​ Ecumenical
 
 
  • Archpriest: Federation of Jesus Abbeys (05/23/2012)
  • Priest and Brother: Orthodox Franciscan Brothers of The Holy Eastern Orthodox       Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America  (04/15/2013 – 08/13/2013)
  • Archpriest and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (08/13/2013)
  • Religious Name: Brother Francis (08/13/2013)
  • Abbot: Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (10/04/2013)
  • Abbot General: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Term of Office: 10/29/2015 –           08/13/2019) 
  • Abbot | Founder: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (Est. 11/13/2015)
  • Abbot | Founder: Holy Apostles Monastery (Est. 11/29/2015) 
  • Abbot: Holy Apostles Monastery (Term of Office: 11/29/2015 – 10/27/2016) 
  • Website:  Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. December 25, 2015)
  • Father Michael Cuozzo Foundation Center for Love and Hope​ (Est. 10/27/2016)
  • Founder: Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi (Est.                   07/11/2016) 
  • Member: Sanctification of Families Union of St. Francis of Assisi (07/11/2016)
  • Incorporation: Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. (09/14/2016)
  • Chair | Board of Directors: Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos Inc. (09/14/2016)
  • Abbot | Founder: Order of Franciscans Culdee (Est. 10/4/2016) (Disbanded                 08/15/2019) 
  • Chair | Advisory Board: Order of Franciscans Culdee (10/04/2016)
  • Culdee Priest of the Order of Franciscans Culdee (10/04/2016)
  • Abbot General: Holy Apostles Monastery & Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of     Perpetual Help (Term of Office: 10/27/2016 – 03/02/2019)
  • Founder: Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests (Est. 08/10/2017)
  • Member: Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests (08/10/2017)
  • Member: Board of Trustees Meister Eckhart Divinity School (10/16/2017)
  • Incorporation: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. (01/05/2018) 
  • Chair | Board of Directors and Council: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.           (01/05/2018)
  • Guardian: Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha | Hermits of Divine Mercy (01/30/2018)
  • Member: Board of Directors Hermits of Divine Mercy, Inc. (02/15/2018)
  • Abbot | Founder: Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. 09/08/2018)
  • Member: The Father Paul Wattson Heritage Society (04/16/2019)
  • Guardian: Saint Joseph’s Hermitage | Sons of Saint Francis (07/25/2019)
  • Guardian: Congregation of Mother of Christ Fathers (07/25/2019) 
  • Minister General: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (08/13/2019) 
  • Abbot | Founder: Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (Est. 08/24/2019)
  • Archpriest and Brother of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist                             (08/24/2019)
  • Founder: Province of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est. 09/14/2019)
  • Email Addresses:  Abbot@FranciscansEcumenical.org     
» Reverend Friar Max+, OFE, BA, MA
  • Diaconate Ordination: Roman Catholic Diocese, Philippines
  • Priesthood Ordination: Roman Catholic Diocese, Philippines (05/02/2001)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (09/11/2015) 
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist                   (08/24/2019)
  • Religious Name: Brother Cyril+, OFE, BA, MA
  • Name of Friary: Saint Therese of Lisieux OFE Friary, California, USA                           (Est. 09/11/2015) 
  • Email Address: BrCyril@FranciscansEcumenical.org
» Reverend Friar George+, OFE, MDiv
  • Diaconate Ordination: Roman Catholic Diocese, Texas, USA (04/16/1983)
  • Priesthood Ordination: Roman Catholic Diocese, Africa (01/22/1984)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (01/06/2016)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist                   (08/24/2019)
» Reverend Friar Noel Clarke+, OFE
  • Diaconate Ordination: Roman Catholic Diocese, Ireland (04/11/1977)
  • Priesthood Ordination: Roman Catholic Diocese, Ireland (06/11/1978)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (01/19/2016)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist                   (08/24/2019)
  • Religious Name: Brother Martin+, OFE
  • Name of Friary: Saint Brigit OFE Friary, Yonkers, New York, USA (Est. 01/19/2016)
  • Member: Board of Directors Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. (02/10/2018) 
  • Email Address: BrMartin@FranciscansEcumenical.org
» Reverend Friar Antony Mariathas+, OFE, BTh
  • Diaconate Ordination: Roman Catholic Religious Order, Sri Lanka
  • Priesthood Ordination: Roman Catholic Religious Order, Sri Lanka (08/29/1980)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (04/09/2016)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist                   (08/24/2019)
  • Religious Name: Brother Antony Mariathas +, OFE, BTh 
  • Name of Friary: Saint Joseph Solace of the Afflicted OFE Friary, Punjab, Pakistan     (Est. 04/09/2016)
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Why members have friaries and abbeys?
 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE), Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE),  and Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) ​friaries and abbeys 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 and abbey are 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 and abbey are where all are welcome to celebrate Eucharist and other sacraments.
 
Friaries and abbeys are self-governing, friars and brothers supporting themselves, and their ministries with secular or church-related employment. 
 
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