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 Founded within the Prelature of Pope John Paul II
Catholic Apostolic Church | Eastern Rite | International Ordinariate
Established 1985
 
 
Saint Pope John Paul II (1920 + 2005)
Founder
Most Reverend Archbishop ++Josef Debrulle (1921 + 2000)
Patriarch
Most ReverendMar +John James Dunnigan (1935 + 2009) 
Bishop
Most Reverend +Francis Joseph Patrick, SJ (1948 + 2019)
Bishop
 

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

 

An International Ordinariate

We have a presence in Canada, Columbia, Hungry, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United States of America, and Zimbabwe.
 

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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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Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

An International Ordinariate

Because of the fruit of this endeavor since 1985 we would like​ the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist to be recognized as a clericalSociety of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right.
 

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order,

An International Ordinariate

 
 
RELIGIOUS ORDER COAT OF ARMS
ORDER OF FRANCISCANS ECUMENICAL
 

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical 

Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical are 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  supports efforts to restore married priesthood to the Roman Catholic Church. 
 
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg)
 

Goals 

We seek out laborers and advisors for our mission.
We voice our story. 
We await a college of bishops to rise to oversee our mission. 
We seek to openly serve the Roman Catholic Church and minister within Roman Catholic ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

Mission

Welcome married Roman Catholic priests;
Provide the People of God the Eucharist;
Have married Roman Catholic priests available to Roman Catholic bishops; 
Affirm the marriages and lives of  married Roman Catholic priests;
Provide a home and support for married Roman Catholic priests through acceptance, communications, and ongoing activities of the Order;
Welcome celibate Roman and Eastern Catholic priests in good standing in the Roman Catholic Church to serve as brothers; and
Support efforts of members, other clergy, and laity in their efforts to restore married priesthood to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church.
 

Charism

Recognition of the primacy of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Inspiration from the spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi;
Reverence for creation;
Dignity of human persons;
Support of family unity;
Compassion;
Peacemaking;
Service;
Community;
Simplicity; and
Welcoming married and celibate Roman Catholic priests and laity. 
 

Apostolic Works

Sanctification of families; and
Blessing of married Roman Catholic priests.
 

Rule of Life

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.​
 

The Three Branches of OFE

The first branch consists of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist ​and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, which together are considered an order within an order (companion communities). Each Order has separate and distinct realms of emphasis. This branch is comprised of priests who are married, as well as celibate Roman Catholic priests who were ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop. Current OFE members and those who join at a later time will be members of both Orders.​​ Celibate Roman Catholic priests will function as brothers in each Order. 
 
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist distinct and independent ecclesiastical ​realms are: According to the OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Restore Unity of Roman Catholic Married and Celibate Priesthood; Mission Emphasis: Minister to Married Roman Catholic Priests; and Mission Emphasis: Provide the People of God regular access to the Eucharist.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical distinct and independent ecclesiastical realms are: According to the OFE Motto: Repair My Church; Non-profit Religious Corporation;  Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach; Mission Emphasis: Minister to celibate, married Roman Catholic and Catholic priests, and laity; and Mission Emphasis: Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters.
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach
Promoting Christian Unity 
 
We are shepherded by the example of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.
 
Reverend Paul Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940)
Servant of God
Apostle of Christian Unity and Charity
Founder of The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
 
The second branch is the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular of Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
The third branch is the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenicalcomprised of married and celibate Catholic autocephalous (ecclesiastically independent self-governing) bishops and priests (men and women) who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” and who were not ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.

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 and adhere to the tentmaker tradition of the Apostle Paul, the “modern” term is bi-vocational priest.
 

Our Canonical History

In January, 1985, the Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate was canonically created as the Personal Papal Prelature of Pope John Paul II. ​The International Ordinariate was under the guidance of the Russian Emigre Archbishop Josef Debrulle. 
 
Note: Personal prelature is a canonical structure of the Catholic Church which comprises a prelate, clergy and laity who undertake specific pastoral activities.
 
The stated purpose of that Prelature, although “under the radar,” (we had to work with total confidentiality) was to oversee the training, internship and subsequent oversight of married men (viri probati) for ordination to the priesthood and to make those married priests available to Roman Catholic bishops. ​We went public in 2013.
 

Name Change and Pastoral History

The Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariatewas later named the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and, is most recently known as Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical.   
 
The specific pastoral activity of the Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate, as was originally desired by Pope John Paul II, is to create an avenue for married Roman Catholic priests to return to service in Roman Catholic parishes. (Married Roman Catholic priests are priests who married after ordination in the Roman Catholic Church).
 
The bishop of the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, Mar John Dunnigan, endeavored to develop an avenue for married Roman Catholic priests to be incardinated into participation with Eastern Ecclesia which is in union with Rome. The priests accompanied by his wife, may, per Eastern Canons 393, be designated for service to the Roman Catholic jurisdiction that is experiencing a shortage of priests.  
 

Honoris Causa OFE and OFES Membership

“Pay to all their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, toll to whom toll is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.” (Romans 13:7)
 
An Honoris Causa OFE, and OFES memberships are awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church and/or of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”
 

Sanctification Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi

The Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi is an international confraternity of prayer and ministry of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular, Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, and Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. It is comprised of priests, pastors, religious, and laity from all religious traditions who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests.
 

Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests

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, and apostolic works of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., with prayers, time, talents, wisdom, encouragement, and treasure.  
 

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter

We establish Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters with monasteries, abbeys, churches, hermitages, congregations, missions, archdioceses, and dioceses to help them fulfill their respective missions. Each charter will operate independent, maintaining their current system of disciplines and teaching. They accept the authority of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical over all matter of Faith and Practices. The charter member may not legally or financially obligate the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical in anyway. 
 
If you would like to establish an Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter, please contact the Minister General and use the Contact Us page on our website.
 

Ecumenical Friends ~ Religious Orders | Churches | Missions

Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach
Promoting Christian Unity
 
We are shepherded by the example of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Reverend Father Paul Wattson for promoting Christian unity.
 
Reverend Paul Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940)
Servant of God
Apostle of Christian Unity and Charity
Founder of The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
 

“That they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you.” (John 17:21)

What it means to be Ecumenical Friends:
 
To pray regularly for the unity of the Church; to be rooted in a particular Christian tradition; to take an active part in the careful and honest appraisal of whatever needs to be done for the renewal of one’s own church; to be fascinated and curious about that which is different; to be willing to learn; to cultivate an historical consciousness; to be ready to celebrate vitality in the Body of Christ wherever it is found; to be willing to work together; to feel the scandal of our divisions; to be open to God’s will for the Church; to appreciate the important role of provisional regulations and church structures in our evolution from alienation to reconciliation; to have an appreciation for the hierarchy of truths in Christian doctrine; to try to understand others as they understand themselves; to be alert to the presence of God and the action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of other Christians and members of other living faiths; to have a biblical patience.
 
Note: The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical has no ecclesiastical or jurisdictional affiliations with the religious orders, churches or missions listed on its website. We were granted permission to include them as Ecumenical Friends.
 
The Ecumenical Friends agreement does not express or imply approval by or acceptance into churches, religious orders or jurisdictions. 
If you would like to establish an Ecumenical Friends relationship with the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, please contact the Minister General and use the Contact Us page on our website.

ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST | ORDER OF FRANCISCANS ECUMENICAL

Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, An International Ordinariate
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MDiv,  DD, STD, PhD, Minister General
Post Office Box 77775
Corona, CA 92877-0125 USA
 

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