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ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST
ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST SECULAR
MINISTER GENERALAND BISHOP
ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST
MOST REVEREND +MICHAEL CUOZZO, OFE
 
AUXILIARY BISHOP
ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST
MOST REVEREND +ROUVILLE M. FISHER, III, OFE
 
MINISTER PROVINCIAL – NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT
PROVINCE OF SAINT MARY THEOTOKOS
VERY REVEREND MAX M. ZAPANTA, OFE
 
MINISTER PROVINCIAL – ASIAN CONTINENT
PROVINCE OF SAINT ALPHONSA
VERY REVEREND ANEESH (DEVASIA) PUTHENPURACKAL, OFE
 
MINISTER PROVINCIAL – AFRICAN CONTINENT
PROVINCE OF SAINT CHARLES LWANGA AND HIS COMPANIONS
VERY REVEREND ABEL MAKAHAMDZE, OFE
WELCOME!
 
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January 12, 2023 -August 12, 2012
 
Very Reverend Aneesh (Devasia) Puthenpurackal ,OFE  
Minister Provincial of OFE
 
On Thursday, January 12, 2023, ​the Most Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist appointed the Very Reverend Aneesh (Devasia) Puthenpurackal, OFE, Minister Provincial for the Province of Saint Alphonsa in the Asian Continent. The Minister Provincial exercises general supervision over all the members in his province.
Very Reverend Abel Makahamadze, OFE  
Minister Provincial of OFE
 
On Thursday, January 12, 2023, ​the Most Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist appointed the Very Reverend Abel Makahamadze, OFE, Minister Provincial for the Province of Saint Charles Lwanga and His Companions in the African Continent. The Minister Provincial exercises general supervision over all the members in his province. 
 
Province of Saint Charles Lwanga and His Compannions
Province of Saint Alphonsa
Established January 12, 2023
 
On January 12, 2023, the Bishop of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist established two provinces. The names of the provinces will be the Province of Saint Alphonsa in the Asian Continent and the Province of Saint Charles Lwanga and His Companions in the African Continent.
  
The division of a religious institute into provinces is generally along geographical lines, and may consist of one or more countries, or of only a part of a country.
 
Honorific Title of Very Reverend Conferred
On Monday, November 14, 2022, the Most Reverend +Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist conferred an honorific title of Very Reverend upon Reverend George Adusei-Bobsu, OFE, Reverend Noel Clarke, OFE, Reverend W.W. Augustus Dilkushan Fernando, OFE, Reverend Terence M. McDonough, OFE, Reverend Abel Makahamdze, OFE,Reverend Aneesh (Devasia) Puthenpurackal, OFE, Reverend Max M. Zapanta, OFE, and Reverend William Seuffert, HDM.
Reverend Max M. Zapanta, OFE  
Minster Provincial of OFE
 
On Tuesday, November 07, 2022, ​the Most Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) appointed the Reverend Max M. Zapanta, OFE, Minister Provincial for the Province of Saint Mary Theotokos​  in the North American Continent. The Minister Provincial exercises general supervision over all the members in the North America Continent.
Most Reverend Rouville Fisher, III, OFE
Auxiliary  Bishop of OFE
 
On Tuesday, October 04, 2022, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, ​the Most Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) appointed the Most Reverend Rouville M. Fisher III, OFE, Auxiliary Bishop of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist. The auxiliary bishop works in harmony with the Ordinary.

Episcopal Ordination of the Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE

On Tuesday, October 04, 2022, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, ​the Minister General Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo Elected-Bishop of the Roman Catholic Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) was ordained bishop by the Most Reverend Dermot P. Rodgers, Bishop of the Mission Province of Saint Peter of Rome in the Roman Catholic Church, at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral Holy Family Chapel, San Diego, California, USA.
 
Most Reverend +Michael Cuozzo, OFE
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Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Objective
 
On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, the OFE Board of Directors and Council meeting was convened for the approval of the Amendments to the General Constitutions. The Objective of the Order was approved.
 
Guided by the grace of the Holy Spirit we are called to achieve the Objective of the Order:
 
“Clerics, whatever 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)
 
The Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist objective is achieved when our religious    order and/or priests are recognized and/or 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.
Most Reverend Archbishop Eric M. Gagnon, SFU
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint of Assisi (SFU) Member
On Saturday, March 19, 2022, Most Reverend Archbishop Eric M. Gaghnon was received as a member of the Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi (SFU). The Union is an international confraternity of prayer and ministry. It is comprised of priests, pastors, brothers, sisters, and laity from all religious traditions who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests. 
 
He is founder of the Franciscan Abbey of the Immanuel Communion of Love and the Third Order of Saint Francis Ministry​.
Mr. MacAnthony Chinoney Maryclaret Alamezie, OFES
OFES Member
 
MacAnthony Chinoney Maryclaret Alamezie became a professed secular Franciscan of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Secular on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. His home parish is Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Ohaji, Nigeria, West Africa.
 
Brother MacAnthony, OFES, is a member and founder of the Congregation of the Fathers and Brothers of Mercy, Province of Saint John of the Cross of Nigeria. 
 
Mr. Johnbosco Mario Onyedikachukwum Michael Okwor, OFES
OFES Member
 
Johnbosco Mario Onyedikachukwum Michael Okwor became a professed secular Franciscan of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Secular on Thursday, December 2, 2021. His religious name is Brother Johnbosco. His home parish is Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Enugu, Nigeria, West Africa.
 
Brother Johnbosco, OFES, is a member and Secretary of the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Third Order Regular (TOR) the Province of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Nigeria, West Africa. He is a student at St. John Cross Seminary, Nsukka, Nigeria.
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE 
 
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Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated for Sr. Patricia Ann Cuozzo, OFES

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 3:00 PM, a private Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Patricia Ann Cuozzo, at Saint Peter’s Roman Catholic Church of Liberty, New York, USA. The presiding minister was her husband Very Reverend Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE.
Dedication Ceremony of Sister Patricia Cuozzo Memorial Girl’s Hostel
On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, the Saint Lawrence Children’s Center and Saint Lawrence and Margarita Dosal School Orphanage, dedicated the Sister Patricia Cuozzo Memorial Girl’s Hostel, Kitale, Kenya, East Africa. The presiding minister at the dedication was Archbishop Godfrey Wasike Siundu and members present was his wife Stella Siundu, senior Government officials from the Ministry of Education, Board Members and other community stakeholders.
 
The Center has been transforming communities and saving children since 2003. Its mission is to empower vulnerable and orphaned children in all areas of education to become responsible future citizens and leaders.
We Mourn the Death of Reverend Sister Patricia Ann Cuozzo, OFES
 
+ May She Rest In Eternal Peace +
 
Sister Patricia Ann Cuozzo, OFES, died Tuesday, December 1, 2020, in Corona, California, USA.
 
Sister Patricia was the foundress of Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Secular (OFES) for Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests. She was received as its first professed secular Franciscan of the Order.
 
She was a Board Member, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, Inc. and the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., and Editor of the United in Spirit: OFE Newsletter.
 

Sister Patricia retired as a registered nurse ten years ago after a 44-year career working at a large Southern California Hospital.

 
She was the wife of Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE. They enjoyed a happy, loving marriage and a priestly couple for over 27 years, which was anchored by their Catholic faith, support of married Roman Catholic priests, devotion to the Blessed Mother Holy Theotokos Saint Mary, and care of orphan children.
 
Reverend Akos Konya, SFU
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisis (SFU)
 
On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Reverend Akos Konya was received as a member of the Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi (SFU). The Union is an international confraternity of prayer and ministry. It is comprised of priests, pastors, brothers, sisters, and laity from all religious traditions ​who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
Pastor Akos Konya is married, the father of two sons, and is the pastor of a Presbyterianchurch in Miskole, Hungry, Europe. Miskolc is a city in northeastern Hungary, known for its heavy industry. Miskolc is the fourth largest city in Hungary.
Province of Saint Mary Theotokos
Established  September 14, 2019
 
On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Saturday, September 14, 2019, the Minister General of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist established its first province. The name of the province will be the Province of Saint Mary Theotokos in the North American Continent.
 
The division of a religious institute into provinces is generally along geographical lines, and may consist of one or more countries, or of only a part of a country.
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE)
Established August 24, 2019
 
On the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Saturday, August 24, 2019, the Minister General established the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, for married (or widowed) and celibate Roman Catholic priests.
Mr. Avwerosuoghene Josephmary Goru, OFES
OFES Member
Mr. Avwerosuoghene Josephmary Goru became a professed secular Franciscan of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Secular (OFES) on Thursday, July 25, 2019, Feast of Saint James, Apostle. His religious name is Brother Josephmary.
 
Brother Josephmary is a parishioner at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Diocese of Warri, Delta, Nigeria, West Africa. He’s a student studying for a Bachelor of Science degree at Tansian University a private Christian university.
Brother Ude Michael Francis Stephen, OFES
OFES Member
Brother Michael Francis Stephen became a professed secular Franciscan of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Secular on Thursday, May 23, 2019. His religious name is Brother Michael Francis Stephen.
 
He is a parishioner at Saint Mark’s Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Awgu, Enugu State, Gnugu, Nigeria, West Africa. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from Tansian University and an Ordinary National Diploma from the Federal College of Agriculture.
 
Brother Michael Francis Stephen is a professed member of the Missionary Sons of Mother Mary (MSMM). It is an Institute of apostolic religious life whose members take the three public vows of obedience, poverty and chastity.
 
Reverend Friar Abel Makahamadze, OFE
OFE Member
 
Reverend Father Abel Makahamadze became a professed Franciscan Priest and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) on Friday November 30, 2018. Furthermore, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, he became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE).​ His religious name is Brother John of the Cross. Abbey of the Redeeming Christ will be the name of his abbey.
 
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc.
Incorporated January 5, 2018
Renamed Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, Inc. December 20, 2022
 
On the Feast of Saint John Neumann, Bishop, Friday, January 5, 2018, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc., was incorporated as a non-profit religious corporation. The sole purpose of this corporation is to minister to celibate and married Roman Catholic priests and laity. This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
 
Reverend Friar W.W. Augustus Dilkushan Fernando, OFE
OFE Member
On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Memorial of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Religious, Reverend Father W.W. Augustus Dilkushan Fernando, became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE). Furthermore, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, he became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE).Father Fernando’s religious name is Brother Dilkushan which has a meaning of happy heart. 
 
Reverend Fernando was ordained to the diaconate and presbyterate by Right Reverend Dr. Vianney Fernando to serve a missionary religious congregation of Sylvestro Benedictine (OSB) in Sri Lanka. The name of his friary will be Our Lady of Lank. 
           
Most Reverend Friar Rouville M. Fisher+, III, OFE
OFE Member
Most Reverend Father Rouville M. Fisher, III became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE), on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Furthermore, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, he became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) Bishop Rouville’s religious name is Brother John Paul, in honor of Pope John Paul II. The name of his abbey will be Abbey of the Incarnation.
Reverend Friar Terence M. McDonough+, OFE
OFE Member
Reverend Terence M. McDonough became a professed Franciscan Friar and Brother of the the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE), on March 9, 2017. Furthermore, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, he became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE).His religious name is Brother Arnold. The name of his Abbey is Our Lady of Knock Abbey.
Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi (SFU)
Established July 11, 2016
 
On Monday, July 11, 2016, the Order of Franciscans of the Ecumenical established the Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi (SFU). The Union is an international confraternity of prayer and ministry. It is comprised of priests, pastors, brothers, sisters, and laity from all religious traditions who commit to prayer for the sanctification of families and of married Roman Catholic priests.
Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE
Pastorate Opportunity
 
On Monday, May 2, 2016, Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE was offered an opportunity to pastor an Italian-Greek (Eastern) Catholic Mission, a Byzantine Greek Catholic Rite that is in union with the Bishop of Rome. Though geography prevents acceptance of this position, it was an honor to be invited, as well as a welcome reflection of acceptance of married priesthood.
Reverend Friar Aneesh (Devasia) Puthenpurackal, OFE
OFE Member
 
Reverend Father Aneesh (Davasia) Puthenpurackal became a professed Franciscan Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Furthermore, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, he became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE).His religious name is Brother Sebastian. Abbey of Saint Alphonsa will be the name of his abbey.
Doctor Richard P. Baldi, OFES
OFES Member
 
Doctor Richard P. Baldi became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Secular (OFES) on Friday, February 12, 2016. He is a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Maryland, USA. 
Reverend Friar Noel M. Clarke, OFE
OFE Member
 
Reverend Father Noel became a professed Franciscans Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Furthermore, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, he became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE).His religious name is Brother Martin. Saint Brigit will be the name of his Friary. 
Reverend Friar Max M. Zapanta, OFE
OFE Member
 
On Friday, September 11, 2015, Reverend Father Max Zapanta became a professed Franciscans Friar and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE). Furthermore, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, he became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE).Father Max’s religious name is Brother Cyril. The name of his Abbey will be the Abbey Saint Therese Lisieux, California, USA.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES)
Established November 13, 2015
Renamed Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Secular (OFES) December 13, 2022
 
On the Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini, Friday, November 13, 2015, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical established the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) for Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.
 
Patricia Ann Cuozzo was the foundress of OFES and was received as its first professed secular Franciscan of the Order on the same day. Her religious name is Sister Frances.
 
She is the wife of Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE. 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Website
Established December 25, 2015
 
On the Nativity of the Lord, Friday, December 25, 2015, Order of Franciscans Ecumenical launched its new website forming an international Franciscans religious order. 
 
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE
Appointment Abbot General and Abbot
 
On Friday, October 4, 2013, Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo has been appointed for the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical as Abbot General and Abbot of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos. 
 
Very Reverend Michael Cuozzo, OFE
OFE Member
 
On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, the Very Reverend Father Michael Cuozzo became a professed Archpriest and Brother of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE). Furthermore, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, he became a professed member of the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE). His religious name is Brother Francis.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical
Established October 4, 2011
Renamed Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist December 20, 2022
 
On the Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi, Tuesday, October 4, 2011, Father Michael Cuozzo established the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical.
 
Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos
Established August 12, 2011
 
On Friday, August 12, 2011, celebration of Saint Jane Francese de Chantal, Father Michael established the Abbey of saint Mary Theotokos. 
 
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