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MINISTER GENERALAND BISHOP
MOST REVEREND +MICHAEL CUOZZO, OFE
 
AUXILIARY BISHOP
MOST REVEREND +ROUVILLE M. FISHER, III, OFE
 
MINISTER PROVINICAL
REVEREND MAX M. ZAPANTA, OFE
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OFFICIAL SEAL OF THE 
ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST
AKA ORDER OF FRANCISCANS ECUMENICAL

Our 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 [and/or widowed] Roman 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.
 

Our 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.
 

Our Objective

 
“Clerics, where 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)
 
[Note: ​The OFE objective is achieved when our priests are incardinated into a participating Eastern Ecclesia which is in union with Rome. The priest and his wife
shall then, per Eastern Canon 393, be loaned to a Roman Catholic Diocese which is experiencing a shortage of priests.]
 

Our Mission

Welcome married [and widowed] 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.
 

Our 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 widowed] and celibate Roman Catholic priests and laity. 
 

Our Apostolic Works

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

Our 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 Two 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 [widowed], 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. Married Roman Catholic priests are priests who married after ordination in the Roman Catholic Church.
 
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 and celibate 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 married and celibate Roman Catholic priests, and laity; and Mission Emphasis: Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters.
 
The second branch is the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular of Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.

Why do priests have friaries or abbeys not churches?

Community members of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist and the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical set up home-based friaries or abbeys to minister to celibate and married [widowed] Roman 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.
 

Canonical History 

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (08/12/2011); Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (10/04/2011); Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (11/13/2015);
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (08/24/2019);
Province of Saint Mary Theotokos (09/14/2019)
 

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, and Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular. 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.

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter

We establish Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters with monasteries, abbeys, churches, hermitages, religious orders, 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 Abbot Bishop and use the Contact Us page on our website.
 
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