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of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.​​​

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

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Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos

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Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

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Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, Minister General
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Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist 

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Bishops | Priests | Brothers
 
“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)​​​​​
 
ACTIVE
» Very Rev. Friar Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MA, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD
 
Minister General
    
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The Coat of Arms of Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE         
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  • Bachelor of Arts:  Saint Leo College, Saint Leo, Florida, USA (April 29, 1973)
  • Master of Arts:  California State College San Bernardino, San Bernardino,                   California, USA (June 15, 1979)
  • Ministry of Reader: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, Saint             Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California, USA (10/09/1986)
  • Ministry of Acolyte:The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco,         Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California, USA (10/22/1985)
  • Admission to Candidacy for the Diaconate: The Roman Catholic                     Archdiocese of San Francisco, Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park,             California, USA (04/23/1987)
  • Secular Franciscan Order (OFS): The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San                 Francisco, Saint Francis of Assisi Church, San Francisco, California, USA                   (Minister General Reverend Simon Scanlon, OFM) (03/01/1988)
  • Acceptance for Ordination to the Ministry of Transitory Diaconate and           Presbyterate:  The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, Saint         Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California, USA (04/01/1988)
  • Diaconate Ordination: The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, The               Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, California, USA (Most       Reverend Anthony S. Apuron, OFM Cap) (04/23/1988)
  • Master of Divinity: Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California, USA                     (05/01/1988)
  • Priesthood Ordination: The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, Our             Lady  of the Rosary Cathedral, San Bernardino, California, USA (Most Reverend         Phillip F. Straling, DD) (06/29/1988​)
  • Parochial Vicar: The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino (Most Reverend     Phillip F. Straling, DD​) Sacred Heart Church, Redlands, California, USA                       (07/01/1988)
  • Parochial Vicar: Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino (Most Reverend              Phillip F. Straling, DD​) Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, San Bernardino,                  California, USA (07/01/1990)
  • Parochial Vicar:  Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino (Most Reverend             Phillip F. Straling, DD) Saint Margaret Mary Church, Chino, California, USA                 (07/01/1992)
  • Married: Patricia Ann Morris Cuozzo (11/07/1993)
  • Doctor of Sacred Theology:  Doctoral Dissertation: The Theological               Aspects of Holy Icons in the Orthodox Church, Saint Elias School of               Orthodox Theology, Nebraska, USA (09/29/1998)
  • Doctor of Philosophy:  Doctoral Dissertation: Theological Aspects of                           Worshipping God in the Holy Eucharist, Northwestern Theological Seminary,             Florida, USA (04/17/2006)
  • Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate, Personal               Prelature of Pope John Paul II (Mar +John Dunnigan): Office of Priest​ (03/14/1997)     (1997-2003) 
  • Federation of Jesus Abbeys (Mar +John Dunnigan​): Office of Priest (06/29/2003-       03-01-2009)       
  • Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est. 08/12/2011)      
  • Order of Franciscans Ecumenical | Cofounder (Est. 10/04/2011) 
  • Religious Name: Brother Francis, OFE, MA, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD
  • Order of Franciscans Ecumenical and Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos: Abbot             General (10/04/2013-08/13/2019)
  • Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (Est. 11/13/2015)
  • Holy Apostles Monastery: Founder and Abbot (Est. 11/29/2015) 
  • Holy Apostles Monastery and Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual           Help: Abbot General (10/27/2016 – 03/02/2019)                                             
  • Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi (Est. 07/11/2016) 
  • Order of Franciscans Culdee (Est. 10/4/2016) (Disbanded 08/15/2019) 
  • Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests (Est. 08/10/2017)
  • Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (Est. 09/08/2018)
  • Minister General (08/13/2019)  
  • Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (Est. 08/24/2019)
  • Province of Saint Mary Theotokos (Est. 09/14/2019)
  • Minister Provincial (09/14/2019)
  • Widowed: (12/01/2020)
  • Bishop-Elect: (07/31/2021)
ACTIVE
» Reverend Friar Max M. Zapanta+, 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) 
ACTIVE
» Reverend Friar George Adusel-Bobsu+, 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)
  • Religious Name: Brother George+, OFE, MDiv
  • Name of Friary: Divine Providence OFE Friary, Ohio, USA (Est. 01/06/2016)
 
ACTIVE
» Reverend Friar Noel M. 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)       
 
ACTIVE
» Reverend Friar Terence M. McDonough+, OFE       
  • Diaconate Ordination: Roman Catholic Religious Order, Illinois,USA
  • Priesthood Ordination: Roman Catholic Religious Order, Illinois, USA 02/02/1962)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (03/09/2017)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist                       (08/24/2019)
  • Religious Name: Brother Arnold+, OFE
  • Name of Abbey: Our Lady of Knock Abbey, Ecclesiastical Affiliation (Charter)                 with the Oder of Franciscans Ecumenical, Massachusetts, USA (Est. 03/09/2017)
  • Name of Parish: The Friends of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Inc, MA, USA
  • Member: Federation of Christian Ministries (FCM)
ACTIVE
» Most Reverend Friar Rouville M. Fisher III, OFE, BS, MDiv, DD
  • Bachelor of Science: Central University, Ohio, USA (06/1971)
  • Pastoral Year: Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Parish, Gainsville, FL, USA
  • Pastoral Year: Cathedral Basilica  Roman Catholic Parish, St. Augustine, FL, USA
  • Clinical Pastoral Education: Baptist Hospital, Jacksonville, FL, USA (Summer 2000)
  • Diaconate Ordination: Roman Catholic Diocese, St. Augustine, FL, USA (05/14/2001)
  • Master of Divinity (Cum Laude): Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners,         WI, USA (05/04/2002)
  • Priesthood Ordination: Roman Catholic Diocese, St. Augustine, FL, USA                         (05/18/2002) 
  • Parochial Vicar: Christ the King Roman Catholic Parish, St. Augustine, FL, USA             (06/2002 – 06/2004
  • Parochial Vicar: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish, Jacksonville, FL,     USA (06/2004 – 06/2005)     
  • Incarnated: Diocese of Saint Michael the Archangel of the Old Catholic Church of           North America (06/23/2007)
  • Doctor of Divinity: Saint Michael Seminary, Tampa, FL, USA (02/15/2009)
  • Bishop: Independent Catholic Church of North America, Tampa, FL, USA                         (02/15/2009)
  • Pastor: Incarnation Independent Catholic Church, Palm Coast, FL, USA
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (04/20/2017)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist                       (08/24/2019)
  • Religious Name: Brother John Paul+, OFE, BS, MDiv, DD
  • Name of Abbey: Abbey of the Incarnation, Palm Coast, FL, USA (Est. 04/20/2017)
  • Advisor to the Minister General (11/22/2018)
  • Member: Board of Directors Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. (05/23/2019)
 
 
ACTIVE
» Rev. Friar W.W. Augustus Dilkushan Fernando, OFE, MBA, MA, BTh, BPh  
  • Diaconate Ordination: Roman Catholic Religious Order, Sri Lanka (04/04/1987)
  • Priesthood Ordination: Roman Catholic Religious Order, Sri Lanka (08/29/1987)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (09/05/2017)
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist                       (08/24/2019)
  • Religious Name: Brother Dilkushan+, OFE, MBA, MA, BTh, BPh 
  • Name of Friary: Our Lady of Lanka OFE Friary, Mudungoda, Sri Lanka (Est.                     09/05/2017)
RETIRED
» Most Rev. Friar Anthony A.M. Pearson, COFE, STD, DD, MTh, MA, MEd, BA, ThG,      (LPC, LMFT, retired)
  • Diaconate Ordination: Independent Catholic Church of North America, Florida, USA       (12/12/2014)  
  • Priesthood Ordination: Independent Catholic Church of North America, Florida, USA     (08/04/2015) 
  • Bishop: Independent Catholic Church of North America, Florida, USA (05/14/2016) 
  • Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical               (09/12/2018)
  • Religious Name: Brother Anthony of the Divine Mercy
  • Name of Friary: Saint Maria Faustina of the Divine Mercy OFE Friary, TX, USA (Est.          09/12/2018)
  • Authored Article: United In Spirit: OFE Newsletter (2018 Volume 3 Issue 1)
  • Retired: (06/01/2021)
Brothers
 
ACTIVE
» Reverend Friar Aneesh (Devasia) Puthenpurackal+, OFE, LTh 
  • Diaconate Ordination: Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Adilabad, India                           (03/14/2007)
  • Priesthood Ordination: Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Adilabad, India                         (10/08/2008)
  • Franciscan Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (03/27/2016)
  • Franciscan Brother of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (08/24/2019)          
  • Religious Name: Brother  Sebastian+, OFE, LTh
  • Name of Friary: Saint Alphonsa OFE Friary, Kerala, India (Est. 03/27/2016)
 
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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 and adhere to the tentmaker tradition of the Apostle Paul, the “modern” term is bi-vocational priest.
 
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Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, An International Ordinariate
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MA, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD, Minister General
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