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Welcome to the website of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE), the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos (Theotokos in Greek means “God-bearer, ”but is usually referred to as “Mother of God,” and is a title for the Virgin Mary). The OFE is pleased to provide a “home” for married Roman Catholic priests and to eventually enable them to continue to serve sacramentally within the Roman Catholic Church.
 
Catholic Apostolic Church, Eastern Rite, International Ordinariate was canonically created in January, 1985 as the Personal Prelature of Pope (Saint) John Paul II. ​The International Ordinariate as a Personal Papal Prelature was under the guidance of the Russian Emigre Archbishop Josef DeBrulle. 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. It was later named the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and, is most recently known as the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) or OFE.
 
Very Reverend Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE, a married Roman Catholic priest, founded the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2011, and the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) on the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle, August 24, 2019.
 
The specific pastoral activity of the OFE, as was originally desired by Pope John (Saint) 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. ​
May God richly bless you!
 
Abbot Father Michael+, OFE                                                                                                                                                        
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, MDiv, DD, STD, PhD
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