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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The Goals of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) are:

1. We seek out laborers and advisors for our mission.
 2. We voice our story. 
3. We await a college of bishops to rise to oversee our mission. 
4. We seek to openly serve the Roman Catholic Church and minister within Roman Catholic ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

The Mission of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) are: 

1. Welcome married Roman Catholic priests; 
2. Provide the People of God the Eucharist; 
3. Have married Roman Catholic priests available to Roman Catholic bishops; 
4. Affirm the marriages and lives of married Roman Catholic priests; 
5. Provide a home and support for married Roman Catholic priests through acceptance, communications, and ongoing activities of the Order;  
6. Welcome celibate Roman and Eastern Catholic priests in good standing in the Roman Catholic Church to serve as brothers; 
7. Support efforts of members, other clergy, and laity in their efforts to restore married priesthood to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church. 
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