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Catholic Apostolic Church | Eastern Rite | International Ordinariate and
of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.​​​

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

An International Ordinariate

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos

Province of Saint Mary Theotokos


Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular

Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical

Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, Minister General
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Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical 

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 Goals

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 Mission 

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; 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 and celibate Roman Catholic priests and laity.

Our Apostolic Works

1. Sanctification of families; and
2. Blessing of married Roman Catholic priests.
Brief History of Celibacy in the Catholic Church Click Here
Membership Protocols Click Here


Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, An International Ordinariate
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MA, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD, Minister General
Post Office Box 192
Oneonta, New York 13820-0192 USA


We are a Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, An International Ordinariate that minster to celibate and married Roman Catholic and Catholic priests and laity.
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