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MINISTER GENERALAND BISHOP
MOST REVEREND +MICHAEL CUOZZO, OFE
 
AUXILIARY BISHOP
MOST REVEREND +ROUVILLE M. FISHER, III, OFE
 
MINISTER PROVINCIAL
REVEREND MAX M. ZAPANTA, OFE
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November 07, 2022 -August 12, 2012
 
Honorific Title of Very Reverend Conferred
On Monday, November 14, 2022, the Most Reverend +Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) conferred an honorific title of Very Reverend upon Reverend George Adusei-Bobsu, OFE, Reverend Noel Clarke, OFE, Reverend W.W. Augustus Dilkushan Fernando, OFE, Reverend Terence M. McDonough, OFE, Reverend Abel Makahamdze, OFE,Reverend Aneesh (Devasia) Puthenpurackal, OFE, Reverend Max M. Zapanta, OFE, and Reverend William Seuffert, HDM.
Reverend Max M. Zapanta, OFE  
Minster Provincial of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist
 
On Tuesday, November 07, 2022, ​the Most Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) appointed the Reverend Max M. Zapanta, OFE, Minister Provincial of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist. The Minister Provincial exercises general supervision over all the members of the Province of Saint Mary Theotokos.
 

He became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of our Franciscan Community on September 11, 2015, and the Friar of the Saint Thérèse Lisieux Friary.

Episcopal Ordination of the Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE

On Tuesday, October 04, 2022, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, ​the Minister General Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo Elected-Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) was ordained bishop by the Most Reverend Dermot P. Rodgers, Bishop of the Mission Province of Saint Peter of Rome in the Roman Catholic Church, at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral Holy Family Chapel, San Diego, California, USA.
 

Apostolic Line of Succession

of

Most Reverend +Michael Cuozzo, OFE

Pope Paul VI consecrated Bishop Emmanuel Milingo 1 August 1969; Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo consecrated Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan 4 September 2006; Archbishop Peter Paul Bernnan consecrated Bishop Dermot P. Rodgers 12 December 2013; Bishop Dermot P. Rodgers consecrated Bishop Michael Cuozzo 4 October 2022

Most Reverend Rouville Fisher, III, OFE
Auxiliary  Bishop of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist
 
On Tuesday, October 04, 2022, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, ​the Most Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) appointed the Most Reverend Rouville M. Fisher III, OFE, Auxiliary Bishop of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist. The auxiliary bishop works in harmony with the Ordinary. 
 
Bishop Rouville M. Fisher, III was consecrated bishop of the Independent Catholic Church (Philippine National Catholic Church) on February 15, 2009. Since he has received episcopal consecration, he validly exercises all the functions that by divine or ecclesiastical law belong to the episcopal order. He cannot exercise any jurisdiction in the religious order of his title.
 
He became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of our Franciscan Community on April 20, 2017, and the Bishop of the Abbey of the Incarnation.
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Objective
 
On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. Board of Directors and Council meeting was convened for the approval of Amendments to the General Constitutions. The Objective of the Order was approved.
 
Guided by the grace of the Holy Spirit we are called to achieve the Objective of the Order:
 
“Clerics, whatever their condition, are to care in their heart for all of the Churches, and therefore to serve her wherever there is great necessity; let them show willingness, especially with the permission or encouragement of their own eparchial bishop or superior, to exercise their ministry in the missions or in regions laboring under a shortage of clergy.” (1990 Code of Canons of Oriental (Eastern) Churches, Canon 393)
 
[Note: ​The OFE objective is achieved when our priests are incardinated into a participating Eastern Ecclesia which is in union with Rome. The priest and his wife shall then, per Eastern Canon 393, be loaned to a Roman Catholic Diocese which is experiencing a shortage of priests.]
Catholic Franciscan Abbey of the Immanuel Communion of Love and the
Third Order of Saint Francis Ministry
 
On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical formed an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Catholic Franciscan Abbey of the Immanuel Communion of Love and the Third Order of Saint Francis Ministry, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. [OFE Charter # 04062022]
 
The founder of the Franciscan Abbey of the Immanuel Communion of Love and the Third Order of Saint Francis Ministry​ is Most Reverend Archbishop Eric M. Gaghnon. 
 
On Saturday, March 19, 2022, Most Reverend Archbishop Eric M. Gaghnon was received as a member of the Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi
 
Most Reverend Archbishop Eric M. Gagnon 
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint of Assisi Member
On Saturday, March 19, 2022, Most Reverend Archbishop Eric M. Gaghnon 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. 
 
He is founder of the Franciscan Abbey of the Immanuel Communion of Love and the Third Order of Saint Francis Ministry​.
 
Roman Catholic Congregation of the Fathers and Brothers of Mercy (CPFM)
 
On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical formed an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Fathers and Brothers of Mercy (CPFM) in Nigeria, West Africia. [OFE Charter # 01042022]

CPFM founded with the inspiration of God by Brother MacAnthony Chinonye Maryclaret Alamezie, CPFM in the year 2018.
Mr. MacAnthony Chinoney Maryclaret Alamezie, OFES
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Member
 
MacAnthony Chinoney Maryclaret Alamezie became a professed secular Franciscan of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. His home parish is Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Ohaji, Nigeria, West Africa.
 
Brother MacAnthony, OFES, is a member and founder of the Congregation of the Fathers and Brothers of Mercy, Province of Saint John of the Cross of Nigeria. 
Reverend Johnbosco Maria Nnaeto, TOR
Founder and Minister General
 
Roman Catholic Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Third Order Regular (TOR)
Charter Established: December 2, 2021
On Thursday, December 2, 2021, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical formed an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Roman Catholic Francisca Friars of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Third Order Regular in Nigeria, West Africa. [OFE Charter # 12022021] 

 

The Founder and Minister General Johnbosco Mario, TOR, had a vision of a new world emerging and he wanted to make known the Gospel message of God’s love and care for all men and women and to evoke a response in every human heart.
 
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE is the Guardian for the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Third Order of Regular (TOR).
 
Mr. Johnbosco Mario Onyedikachukwum Michael Okwor, OFES
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Member
 
Johnbosco Mario Onyedikachukwum Michael Okwor became a professed secular Franciscan of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on Thursday, December 2, 2021. His religious name is Brother Johnbosco. His home parish is Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Enugu, Nigeria, West Africa.
 
Brother Johnbosco, OFES, is a member and Secretary of the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Third Order Regular (TOR) the Province of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Nigeria, West Africa. He is a student at Saint John Cross Seminary, Nsukka, Nigeria.
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE 
 
COAT OF ARMS

Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated for Patricia Ann Cuozzo, OFES

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 3:00 PM, a private Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Patricia Ann Cuozzo, at Saint Peter’s Roman Catholic Church of Liberty, New York, USA. The presiding minister was her husband Very Reverend Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE.
 
They enjoyed a happy, loving marriage and a priestly couple for over 27 years, which was anchored by their Catholic faith, support of married Roman Catholic priests, devotion to the Blessed Mother Holy Theotokos Saint Mary, and care of orphan children​.
Dedication Ceremony of Sister Patricia Cuozzo Memorial Girl’s Hostel
On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, the Saint Lawrence Children’s Center and Saint Lawrence and Margarita Dosal School Orphanage, dedicated the Sister Patricia Cuozzo Memorial Girl’s Hostel, Kitale, Kenya, East Africa. The presiding minister at the dedication was Archbishop Godfrey Wasike Siundu and members present was his wife Stella Siundu, senior Government officials from the Ministry of Education, Board Members and other community stakeholders.
 
The Center has been transforming communities and saving children since 2003. Its mission is to empower vulnerable and orphaned children in all areas of education to become responsible future citizens and leaders.
We Mourn the Death of Reverend Sister Patricia Ann Cuozzo, OFES, RN, BS, MS
 
+ May She Rest In Eternal Peace +
 
Sister Patricia Ann Cuozzo, OFES, died Tuesday, December 1, 2020, in Corona, California, USA.
 
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical established the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) for Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests. Sister Patricia 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 Frances.
 
She 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.
 

Sister Patricia retired as a registered nurse ten years ago after a 44-year career working at a large Southern California Hospital.

 
She was the wife of Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE. They enjoyed a happy, loving marriage and a priestly couple for over 27 years, which was anchored by their Catholic faith, support of married Roman Catholic priests, devotion to the Blessed Mother Holy Theotokos Saint Mary, and care of orphan children.
 
We Mourn the Death of Very Reverend Father Archdeacon John F. DeMeis, OFES

 

+ May He Rest In Eternal Peace.​ +

Very Reverend Father Archdeacon John F. DeMeis, OFES, died August 19, 2020. His subdeacon ordination was on January 19, 1991 and he was ordained a deacon on November 27, 1993 by the late Bishop Michael Dudick. Bishop Dudick was the second bishop of Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, a branch of the Ruthenian Catholic Church. The archdeacon title of honor was conferred on him October 1, 1997 by the late John Cardinal O’Connor, who served as Archbishop of New York City.
 
The Very Reverend Father Archdeacon John F. DeMeis who became a member of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) on Friday, February 19, 2016. His religious name is Brother Thomas.
Reverend Akos Konya, MTH, CFS, AOA
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisis
 
On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Reverend Akos Konya 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.
 
Pastor Akos Konya is married, the father of two sons, and is the pastor of a Presbyterianchurch in Miskole, Hungry, Europe. Miskolc is a city in northeastern Hungary, known for its heavy industry. Miskolc is the fourth largest city in Hungary.
 
The Most Reverend +Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea, ARCWP
Evangelizers of the Apostles (Evangelizadores de los Apóstoles)​ Charter
Charter Established: November 1, 2019
 
On the Solemnity of All Saints, Thursday, November 1, 2019, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical formed an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with Evangelizers of the Apostles (Evangelizadores de los Apóstoles), which is in Medellin, Columbia, South America. Evangelizers of the Apostles was founded by Most Reverend Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea, ARCWP. She is a member of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP). [OFE Charter # 11012019]
Province of Saint Mary Theotokos
Established: September 14, 2019
 
On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Saturday, September 14, 2019, the Minister General of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical established its first province. The name of the province will be the Province of Saint Mary Theotokos.
 
The division of a religious institute into provinces is generally along geographical lines, and may consist of one or more countries, or of only a part of a country.
 
At this time, Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE will function as its Minister Provincial and Minister General.
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist
Established: August 24, 2019
 
On the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Saturday, August 24, 2019, the Minister General of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical established the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, for married and celibate Roman Catholic priests.
 
The Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist ​and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, which together are considered an order within and order (companion communities). Each of these has separate and distinct realms of emphasis. It comprised of priests who are married as well as celibate Roman Catholic priests and who were ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop. Present OFE members and those who join will be members of both orders.​​Celibate Roman Catholic priest will function as brothers in our Order. ​
 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist realms are: according to OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Restore Unity of Roman Catholic married and celibate priesthood; Mission Emphasis: Minister to married and celibate Roman Catholic priests; and Mission Emphasis: Provide the People of God regular access to the Eucharist.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical realms are: According to OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Nonprofit Religious Corporation; Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach; Mission Emphasis: Minister to married and celibate Roman Catholic priests, and laity; and Mission Emphasis: Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters.
 
Brother Olua Francis Ucheena, MSMM
Founder and Superior General
Catholic Missionary Sons of Mother Mary (MSMM) Charter
Charter Established: July 25, 2019
On Thursday, July 25, 2019, Feast of Saint James, Apostle, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical formed an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Catholic Missionary Sons of Mother Mary, which is in Nigeria, West Africa. [OFE Charter # 072519-1]

 

The Missionary Sons of Mary (MSMM), founded on September 8, 2014 by Brother Olua Francis Ucheene is an Institute of apostolic religious life whose members take the three public vows of obedience, poverty, and chastity.
 
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE is the Guardian for the Missionary Sons of Mother Mary (MSMM).
 
Mr. Avwerosuoghene Josephmary Goru, OFES
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Member
Mr. Avwerosuoghene Josephmary Goru became a professed secular Franciscan of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on Thursday, July 25, 2019, Feast of Saint James, Apostle. His religious name is Brother Josephmary.
 
Brother Josephmary is a parishioner at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Diocese of Warri, Delta, Nigeria, West Africa. He’s a student studying for a Bachelor of Science degree at Tansian University a private Christian university. 
 
Friar David Elijah Cortez, SSF
Roman Catholic Saint Joseph’s Hermitage Charter
Charter Established: July 25, 2019
On the Feast of Saint James, Apostle, Thursday, July 25, 2019, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical formed an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Roman Catholic Saint Joseph’s Hermitage, which is in San Antonio, TX, USA. [OFE Charter # 072519-2]
 
Friar David Elijah Cortez, SSF, minister general and founder of Saint Joseph’s Hermitage, also founded the Sons of Saint Francis (SSF). 
 
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE is the Guardian for Saint Joseph’s Hermitage | Sons of Saint Francis (SSF).
 
Brother Ude Michael Francis Stephen, OFES, MSMM, BS, OND
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Member
Brother Michael Francis Stephen became a professed secular Franciscan of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular on Thursday, May 23, 2019. His religious name is Brother Michael Francis Stephen.
 
He is a parishioner at Saint Mark’s Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Awgu, Enugu State, Gnugu, Nigeria, West Africa. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from Tansian University and an Ordinary National Diploma from the Federal College of Agriculture.
 
Brother Michael Francis Stephen is a professed member of the Missionary Sons of Mother Mary (MSMM). It is an Institute of apostolic religious life whose members take the three public vows of obedience, poverty and chastity.
 
We Mourn the Death of Rev. Friar Donald H. Kelpinski+, OFE, MDiv, MEd
 
+ May He Rest In Eternal Peace. +
Reverend Friar Donald H. Kelpinski, OFE, MDiv, MEd, died Thursday, March 14, 2018, in Hesperia, California, USA, after a long illness.
 
Reverend Donald H. Kelpinski, OFE became a professed Franciscans Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on August 20, 2015. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. on October 16, 2016. He was an active participant in OFE and will be missed.
 
Father Donald and his wife Gloria was received into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of the Archdiocese of North America in 2003.  He was a tonsured reader in his Orthodox community. A reader, also called a lector is the second-highest of the minor orders of the Orthodox Church. It is a clerical order to which a man is tonsured and ordained, to read in services and in the Divine Liturgy.
 
He was a member Saint George the Great Martyr Orthodox Church, Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Diocese of the West,Hesperia, CA, USA.
 
Father Donald is survived by his dear wife of 14 years Gloria Teresa Kelpinski.
 
We Mourn the Death of Rev. Friar Leonard E. Schmidt+, OFE, BEd, BA, MA
 
+ May He Rest In Eternal Peace. +
Reverend Friar Leonard Edward Schmidt+, OFE, BEd, BA, MA, died Monday, August 13, 2018, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, after a long illness.
 
Friar Leonard Schmidt, OFE became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on November 9, 2015. He was a member of the Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi.
 
He is survived by his wife Adeline Kvemshagen Schmidt. They enjoyed a happy, loving marriage for over 48 years, which was anchored by their Roman Catholic and United Church faiths.
 
Friar Leonard was an active participant in OFE and will be missed.
 
Rev. Friar Anthony A.M. Pearson+, COFE, STD, DD, MTh, MA, MEd, BA, ThG
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
Abbot General Michael Cuozzo, OFE, on Saturday, September 8, 2018, established the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, for Catholic autocephalous bishops and priests (men and women) who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”
 
On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary, Reverend Father Anthony A.M. Pearson, became its first professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. Father Pearson’s religious name is Brother Anthony of the Divine Mercy. The name of his friary will be Saint Maria Faustina of the Divine Mercy OFE Friary.
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Established: September 8, 2018
 
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical 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, Saturday, September 8, 2018, the Abbot General of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical established the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, for Catholic autocephalous (ecclesiastical independent self-governing) 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 by Joseph 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)
 
NOTE: The Catholic Order Franciscans Ecumenical was disbanded on March 22, 2022.
 
Roman Catholic Our Lady of Knock Abbey Charter
Franciscan Novitiate Program Established
On the Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist, Wednesday, August 29, 2018, the Reverend Friar Terence M. McDonough+, OFE, Founder and Abbot of Our Lady of Knock Abbey established a Franciscan Novitiate Program of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular at his parish. He is the pastor at The Friends of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.
 
The OFE has a charter with the Roman Catholic Our Lady of Knock Abbey. The Reverend Friar Terence M. McDonough became a member of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical on March 9, 2017.
 
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.
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).
Reverend Friar W.W. Augustus Dilkushan Fernando+, OFE
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.
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.
 
Reverend Friar Terence M. McDonough+, OFE
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Member
 
Roman Catholic 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 an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Roman Catholic 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
Roman Catholic 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 an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Roman Catholic 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).
 
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.
 
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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