Founded within the Prelature of Pope John Paul II (1985)
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Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order 

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos

 

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist 

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Minister General
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Membership Protocols
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular 

Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi 

Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Protocol: 
 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)​​​  “Like Melchizedek, you are a priest forever.” (Psalm 110:4)​
 
Brief History of Celibacy in the Catholic Church Click Here
 
OFE Video Program:
 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application Protocol: Video Click Here
 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application: Open, read, and print application form Click Here
 
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
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Protocol: 
 
OFE Video Programs:
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application Protocol:
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application: 
Open, read, and print application form​ Click Here
 
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.
 
Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Website Page Click Here
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Protocols
 
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical is pleased to announce that we have established the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular for Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
We welcome Roman Catholic laity who are called to live the Franciscan “Rule of Life” and to assist the Order to accomplish its goals, mission, charism, and apostolic works for married Roman Catholic priests.     
 
OFE Video Programs:
 
Roman Catholic Laity Application Protocol: Video Click Here
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Application:
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Application Form: Click Here
 

Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of  Assisi Protocol:

 
“In leading family life and in educating children married clergy are to show an outstanding example to other Christian faithful.” (Cf. 1990 Code of Canons of Oriental Churches, Canon, n. 375)
 
The Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi is an international confraternity of prayer and ministry of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular, Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, and Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.  It is comprised of priests, religious and laity who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests are welcome as members.
 
Membership  
   Open, read, and print application form: Membership Forms
 
Note: “…many elements of sanctification and of truth” are found
outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: “The written
Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the
other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements.”
Christ’s Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as
means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace
and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves
calls to “Catholic unity.” (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 819) 
 
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi Website Page Click Here  

Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests Protocol: 

(Theotokos in Greek means “God-bearer”)
 
Membership 
 
The Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests is an organization that welcomes ordained and non-ordained women and men and organizations who advocate for married Roman Catholic priesthood, and who support the goals, mission, charism (gift), 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.
 
All priests and friends (persons and/or organizations) are invited to become members of the Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests.
 
Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests Annual Fee
 
The annual fee is $50.00
 
Registration Form
 
Registration form for the Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests
Open, read, and print registration form: REGISTRATION FORM
 
Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests Website Page Click Here
 

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter Protocol:

 
We establish Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters with abbeys, churches, hermitages, congregations, monasteries, archdioceses, dioceses, and ministry organizations to help them fulfill their respective missions.
 
Each charter member will operate independently, maintaining their current system of disciplines and teachings.
 
They accept the authority of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and  the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical over all matters of Faith and Practices.
 
The charter member may not legally or financially obligate the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist​ and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical in anyway.
 
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