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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
WELCOME!
 
 
OFFICIAL SEAL OF THE 
ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST
AKA ORDER OF FRANCISCANS ECUMENICAL
Membership Protocols
 
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)​
 
OFE Video Program:
 
Membership: Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Membership Protocol: Video Click Here
 
Application: Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Application: Open, read, and print application form Point And Click Here
 
Why do priests have friaries or abbeys not churches?
 
Community members of Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and 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​.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Protocol​:
 
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:
 
Membership: Roman Catholic Laity Membership Protocol: Video Click Here
 
Application: Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Application:
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular Application Form: Point And Click Here
   

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter Protocol:

 
We establish Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters with abbeys, churches, hermitages, religious orders, 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.
 
If you would like to establish an OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter, please contact the Minister General and use the Contact Us page on our website.
 
 
 

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 from all religious traditions who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
Membership: Open, read, and print application form: Membership Form
 
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)
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