We are shepherded by the example of the​ Prelature of Pope John Paul II
Catholic Apostolic Church | Eastern Rite | International Ordinariate and
of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.​​​

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.
 

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos

 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

(The Worldwide Order of Franciscans Ecumenical)

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular  

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, Minister General
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Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

An International Ordinariate

Because of the fruit of this endeavor since 1985 we would like​ the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist to be recognized as a clericalSociety of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right.
 
 
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Press Releases

February 6, 2018 – Aug. 12, 2011
 
Deborah Rose-Milavec, OFES (hc)
Honoris Causa Membership in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​ Secular
 
Deborah Rose-Milavec was awarded an Honoris Causa membership in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on the 6th day of February, 2018, the Memorial of Saint Paul Milki and companions, Martyrs. An Honoris Causa (Latin: “for the sake of honor”) membership is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church. She resides in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
 
Deborah Rose-Milavec is the Executive Director of FutureChurch.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., Board of Directors
Incorporated: January 5, 2018
 
 
On the Feast of Saint John Neumann, Bishop, Friday, January 5, 2018, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., was incorporated as a non-profit religious corporation. The sole purpose of this corporation (Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.) is to minister to celibate and married Roman Catholic priests and laity. This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
 
Rene Reid, OFES (hc)
Honoris Causa Membership in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​ Secular
 
Rene Reid was awarded an Honoris Causa membership in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on the 8th day of December, 2017, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. An Honoris Causa (Latin: “for the sake of honor”) membership is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church. She resides in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno, Reno, Nevada, USA.
 
Rene, is a celebrated international speaker, author, and founded the Catholic Church Reform Int’l. (CCRI). CCRI is a global network of committed Catholic organizations and individuals seeking a deeply-rooted reform of our Church through a united voice and collaborative action.
 
Rene Reid is a member of the Advisory Board of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) since 2014.  
Mr. James Stubenrauch, OFES (hc)
Honoris Causa Membership in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​ Secular
 
Mr. James Stubenrauch was awarded an Honoris Causa membership in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. An Honoris Causa (Latin: “for the sake of honor”) membership is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Stubenrauch resides in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, USA.
Reverend Friar W.W. Augustus Dilkushan Fernando+, OFE
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
 
On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Memorial of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Religious, Reverend Father W.W. Augustus Dilkushan Fernando, became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. Father Fernando’s religious name is Brother Dilkushan which has a meaning of happy heart. 
 
Reverend Fernando was ordained to the diaconate and presbyterate by Right Reverend Dr. Vianney Fernando to serve a missionary religious congregation of Sylvestro Benedictine (OSB) in Sri Lanka. The name of his friary will be Our Lady of Lanka Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Friary.
 
Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests
Established: August 10, 2017
 
 
On the Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon, Thursday, August 10, 2017, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical established the Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests (TACP) for ordained and non-ordained men and women who advocate for married Roman Catholic priesthood, support the goals, mission, charism, and apostolic works of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., with prayer, time, talent, wisdom, encouragement, and treasure.
 
Very Reverend Friar Michael Cuozzo, OFE was received as its first member.   
 
The Most Reverend +Francis Joseph Patrick, SJ
Office of Principal Bishop
 
 
On July 4, 2017, Roman Catholic Bishop +Francis Joseph Patrick, SJ accepted appointment as Office of Principal Bishop and shepherd of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Holy Apostles Monastery, and Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Members of Holy Apostles Monastery had gathered at Good Shepherd Chapel for the celebration of the Eucharist before the prepared statement was read. How blessed and honored we are to have Bishop +Patrick, SJ as our shepherd.

Bishop Patrick’s Statement of Acceptance:
 
“Thank you all OFE [Order of Franciscans Ecumenical] for information of your decision to choose me to fulfill your current need of OFE. I’m very pleased that my research and advice on the range of services available provide helpful insight and stimulating constructive discussion that will lead to mutual agreement of behalf of Fr. Michael [Abbot General Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE]. If I can be of any assistance in inquiry or discussion about how to meet additional needs or goals, please don’t hesitate to ask, I’m opening a new email for that. I appreciate the time you gave me at Holy Apostles [Monastery]. It was exciting to meet and discuss especially Fr. Paul [General Superior Father Paul Ochieng-Ogada, DMB, Divine Mercy Brothers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help] who found it hard to contain me, I gave questions, as evident in my resume, my qualifications are up to the task described, I’m available.” 
 
Blessings and Peace, Bishop +Francis Joseph Patrick, SJ                                     
Adeline Kvemshagen Schmidt
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi Member
 
On Sunday, May 15, 2017, Adeline Kvemshagen Schmidt was received as a member of the Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi. The Union is an international confraternity of prayer and ministry. It is comprised of priests, pastors, brothers, sisters, and laity from all religious traditions who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests. 
 
Adeline Kvemshagen Schmidt is the wife of the Reverend Friar Leonard Schmidt, OFE.

                  

Reverend Friar Rouville M. Fisher+, III, OFE, BS, MDiv, DD
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
 
Reverend Father Rouville M. Fisher, III became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Father Rouville’s religious name is Brother John Paul, in honor of Pope John Paul II. The name of his abbey will be Abbey of the Incarnation.
 
Prior Brother William Seuffert+, HDM, BA, STL,​ MDiv, DD
Academic Degrees Awarded
 
Prior Brother William Seuffert, HDM, was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL), Master of Divinity (MDiv), Doctor of Divinity (DD) and Certificate Pastoral Care and Domestic Violence and Pastoral Counseling from Sanctus Seminary on Friday, March 24, 2017.  Prior Brother Seuffert, who founded the Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha, also founded the Hermits of Divine Mercy. They are a contemplative Roman Catholic religious order of monks and nuns. The hermitage is under the administration of Hermits of Divine Mercy.
 
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical has an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with this hermitage.
Reverend Friar Terence M. McDonough+, OFE
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
 
 
Our Lady of Knock Abbey Charter
Charter Established: March 9, 2017
 
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, Memorial of Saint Frances of Rome, Religious, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) formed its fourth ecclesiastical affiliation charter with Our Lady of Knock Abbey, which is in Massachusetts, USA. [Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Charter # 030917]
 
Reverend Father Terence M. McDonough+, OFE, is the Founder and Abbot of Our Lady of Knock Abbey. Reverend Terence was ordained to the diaconate and presbyterate by Most Reverend Aloysius John Wycislo to serve a missionary religious congregation in the Latin Church, the Society of the Divine Word of Illinois, USA. Reverend Terence M. McDonough became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on March 9, 2017. His religious name is Brother Arnold.
 
Prior Brother William Seuffert, HDM
Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha Charter
Charter Established:​ January 8, 2017
 
On Epiphany of the Lord, Sunday, January 8, 2017, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) established its third ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha in Virginia, USA. [Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Charter # 010817] Prior Brother William Seuffert, HDM, who founded the Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha, also founded the Hermits of Divine Mercy. They are a contemplative Roman Catholic religious order of monks and nuns. The hermitage is under the administration of Hermits of Divine Mercy. 
 
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE is the Guardian for Saint Joseph’s Hermitage | Sons of Saint Francis (SSF).
 
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.
Incorporated: September 14, 2016
On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., was incorporated as a non-profit charity corporation. A month later it received the Internal Revenue Service determination letter, and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is now a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charity, and donations to the Abbey are tax deductible. 
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.
Non-profit Charity Corporation
On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., became a non-profit charity corporation.  A month later it received the Internal Revenue Service determination letter, and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charity, and donations to the Abbey are tax deductible.  
 
Reverend Friar Leonard Edward Schmidt+, OFE, BEd, BA, MA
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi
 
On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Reverend Leonard Edward Schmidt, OFE was received as member of the Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi. The Union is an international confraternity of prayer and ministry. It is comprised of priests, pastors, brothers, sisters, and laity from all religious traditions who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
NOTE: He died Thursday, March 14, 2018, in Hesperia, California, USA. He was an active participant in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical and will be missed. 
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi
Established: July 11, 2016
 
On Monday, July 11, 2016, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical established the Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi. The Union is an international confraternity of prayer and ministry. It is comprised of priests, pastors, brothers, sisters, and laity from all religious traditions who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
The Very Reverend Friar Michael Cuozzo, OFE was received as its first member.  
 
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE
Pastorate Opportunity
 
On Monday, May 2, 2016, Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE was offered an opportunity to pastor an Italian-Greek (Eastern) Catholic Mission, a Byzantine Greek Catholic Rite that is in union with the Bishop of Rome. Though geography prevents acceptance of this position, it was an honor to be invited, as well as a welcome reflection of acceptance of married priesthood.
 
Mr. Vincenzo Maria Rosario Chianese, OFE Advisor, BTh, STD
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​ Advisor
 
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Mr. Vincenzo Maria Rosario Chianese
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., Advisory Board
Marian Missionaries of the Holy Spirit
Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach
Promoting Christian Unity 
 
We are shepherded by the example of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.
 
 
Reverend Paul Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940)
Servant of God
Apstle of Christian Unity and Charity
Founder of The Franciscan Friar of the Atonement
 
On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Emeritus Catholic Theologian Mr. Vincenzo Maria Rosario Chianese has accepted a position as a member of Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Advisory Board. He is the founder of the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, Naples, Italy.
 
Mr. Chianese also serves as an advisor with the Catholic Church Reform International.
 
Reverend Friar Aneesh (Devasia) Puthenpurackal+, OFE, LTh
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
 
 
Reverend Father Aneesh (Davasia) Puthenpurackal became a professed Franciscan Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on Sunday, March 27, 2016. His religious name is Brother Sebastian. Saint Alphonsa Order of Franciscans Ecumenical  Friary, will be the name of his friary. 
 
Saint Alphonsa (19 August 1910 – 28 July 1946) was a Syro-Malabar Catholic Franciscan nun who is now honored as a saint. Sister Alphonsa became the first native Indian to be canonized. She is the first woman of Indian origin to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church, the second saint to be canonized in India and the first canonized saint of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church of the Saint Thomas Christian community. Father Aneesh Puthenpurackal is a member of the Syro-Malabar Eastern Catholic Diocese of the Chaldean Tradition and rector of its seminary. 
 
Very Reverend Father Archdeacon John F. DeMeis, OFES
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Member
 
he Very Reverend Father Archdeacon John F. DeMeis who became a member of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on Friday, February 19, 2016. His religious name is Brother Thomas. Archdeacon John DeMeis is an  archivist of the Our Lady of Grace Mission and Society, of Italian-Greek (Eastern) Catholic Church (a Byzantine Greek Catholic Rite) New York City, New York, USA.  
 
NOTE: He died August 19, 2020, in Staten Island, New York, USA. The Very Reverend Father Archdeacon John F. DeMeis was and active participant in Order of Franciscan Ecumenical Secular and will be missed.
 
Doctor Richard P. Baldi, OFES
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Member
 
 
Doctor Richard P. Baldi became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on Friday, February 12, 2016. He is a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Maryland, USA. 
 
Reverend Friar Noel M. Clarke, OFE
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
 
Reverend Father Noel became a professed Franciscans Friar and Brother of the Oder of Franciscans Ecumenical on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. His religious name is Brother Martin. Saint Brigit will be the name of his Friary. 
 
Reverend Friar Max M. Zapanta, OFE, BAS, MA
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
 
On Friday, September 11, 2015, Reverend Father Max  Zapanta became a professed Franciscans Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. Father Max’s religious name is Brother Cyril. The name of his friary will be Saint Therese Lisieux, California, USA. 
Reverend Friar Donald H. Kelpinski, OFE, MDiv. MEd
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
 
 
Reverend Father Donald H. Kelpinski became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on Thursday, August 20, 2015, His religious name is Brother Basil. Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be the name of his Friary, California, USA. 
 
NOTE: He died Thursday, March 14, 2018, in Hesperia, California, USA. He was an active participant in the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical and will be missed. 
 
Order of Franciscan Ecumenical Secular (OFES)
Established: November 13, 2015
 
On the Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini, Friday, November 13, 2015, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical established the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) for Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests. Patricia Ann Cuozzo was the foundress of OFES and was received as its first professed secular Franciscan of the Order on the same day. Her religious name is Sister Francis.
 
She is the wife of Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE.
 
NOTE: Sister Patricia Ann Cuozzo, OFES, died Tuesday, December 1, 2020, in Corona, CA, USA. She was the foundress of OFES and was received as its first professed member. Sister Francis was a Board Member, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., and editor of the United in Spirit: OFE Newsletter
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Website
Established: December 25, 2015
 
On the Nativity of the Lord, Friday, December 25, 2015, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical launched its new website forming an international Franciscans religious order. 
 
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE
Appointment: Abbot General and Abbot
 
On Friday, October 4, 2013, Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo has been appointed for the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical as Abbot General and Abbot of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos. 
 
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
 
On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, the Very Reverend Father Michael Cuozzo became a professed Archpriest and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. His religious name is Brother Francis.
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Established: October 4, 2011
 
On the Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi, Tuesday, October 4, 2011, Father Michael Cuozzo established the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical.
 
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos
Established: August 12, 2011
 
On Friday, August 12, 2011, celebration of Saint Jane Francese de Chantal, Father Michael established the Abbey of saint Mary Theotokos. 
 
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