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We are shepherded by the example of the​ Prelature of Pope John Paul II the
Catholic Apostolic Church | Eastern Rite | International Ordinariate, the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.​​​
Precedent for Married Roman Catholic Priests and Bishops Point And Click Here
Prelature of Pope John Paul II Point And Click Here
Federation of Jesus Abbeys Point And Click Here
Father Paul Wattson, SA, Apostle of Christian Unity and Charity Point And Click Here
The General Constitutions of OFE Point And Click Here
“The salvation of souls … is always the supreme law of the Church” (Canon 1752).
“After it has been validly received sacred ordination never becomes invalid.” (Canon 290)​​

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, and Zimbabwe.

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

AKA Order of Franciscans Ecumenical


Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular​

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos 

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos

Sr. Patricia Cuozzo Memorial Centre

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The Structure of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Point And Click Here

Rule of Life

A rule is the most straightforward description of a religious way of life. The Rule of 1223  A.D. was written by Saint Francis of Assisi, approved by Pope Honorius III. The Friars, Brothers, and Laity of OFE commit to the General Rule, a modern interpretation of the 1223 A.D. Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi is this:
When Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You  shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend  on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40) 
He also said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

We are to live a life of commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and to serve him faithfully.


We are to acclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and the study of the Scriptures.


We are to keep the Eucharist and the Gospel at the center of our lives.  


We are to acquire knowledge and inspiration of the Franciscan spirituality of our patron Saint Francis of Assisi.


We are to infuse our daily life with compassion, service, community, simplicity, reverence for creation, dignity of human persons, peacemaking, prayer, and support of family unity.


We are to welcome celibate and married Roman Catholic priests and laity.


We are to be respectful to Popes, Patriarchs, Bishops, Abbot General, Minister General, and members of our Order.

Our Goal

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.

Our Objective

“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)​

Our Mission 

1. Welcome married [widowed] 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; and 
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. 

Our Charism

1. Recognition of the primacy of our Lord Jesus Christ;
2. Inspiration from the spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi;
3. Reverence for creation;
4. Dignity of human persons;
5. Support of family unity;
6. Compassion;
7. Peacemaking; 
8. Service;
9. Community;
10. Simplicity; and
11. Welcoming married [widowed] and celibate Roman Catholic priests and laity.

Our Apostolic Works

1. Sanctification of families; and
2. Blessing of married Roman Catholic priests.
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The General Constitutions of the

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and the

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

The General Constitutions of OFE Point And Click Here
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