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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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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:
 
I.
 
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) 
II.
 
He also said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
 
III.
 

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

IV.

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

V. 

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

VI.

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

VII.

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.

VIII.

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

​IX.

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