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ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST
ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST SECULAR
 
MINISTER GENERAL AND BISHOP
ORDER OF FRANCISCANS OF THE EUCHARIST
MOST REVEREND +MICHAEL CUOZZO, OFE 
MINISTER PROVINCIAL – NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT
PROVINCE OF SAINT MARY THEOTOKOS
VERY REVEREND MAX M. ZAPANTA, OFE
 

North American Continent Province Charters:

1. Heritage of Saint Tekakwitha Charter

2. Our Lady of Knock Abbey Charter

3. Saint Joseph’s Hermitage Charter

4. Evangelizers of the Apostles Charter

5. Franciscan Abbey of the Immanuel Communion of Love and the Third Order of Saint Francis Ministry Charter

 

Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters:

Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha Charter
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Charter # 010817 (Ohio, USA)

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter

Date of Charter: January 08, 2017 

 Roman Catholic
Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha
Our Lady Guadalupe Chapel
Franciscan Hermits of Divine Mercy
Date of Incorporation: January 30, 2018
 
Bishop-Elect Very Reverend Father William Seuffert+, FHDM, BA, STL, MDiv, DD
Prior | Founder
 
Most Reverend +Michael Cuozzo, OFE, MA, MDiv, STD, PhD
 Guardian 
 
Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha
 
Priests
 
 Bishop-Elect Very Reverend William Seuffert+, FHDM, BA, MDiv, STL
 Minister General | Prior | Founder 
Board Member Secretary/Treasurer: Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, Inc.
Board Member Secretary/Treasurer: Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.
 
Most Reverend +Michael Cuozzo, OFE, MA, MDiv, STD, PhD
 Guardian 
Member: Board of Directors of the Franciscan Hermits of Divine Mercy, Inc. 
 
Brothers
 
Reverend Father Sal Scuderi+, FHDM
 
Sisters
 
 Sister Serena, FHDM, BA   
Sister Marie Spece, FHDM 
 
Novices
 
Tomas Abraham, Nigil Abraham, Alan Antony, Podrigo Flores Catu, Romana B. Dichos,
Binigh Joseph France, Chona P. Molejon, Erwin C. Molejon, Joel Molit, Nereso Poro,

Robin Sebastian,Thelma Todak, Fr. Kalathoti Prasanna Kumar, Fr. Nikhil Paul Reddy,Fr. Ravi Kiran Pidatala, Bro. Chakravarthy, Bro. Kishore, Bro. Arjun, Bro. Prakash, Bro. Joel Lolo

Pray For Our Deceased
 
Brother Emmit Dove, FHDM 
 
On Sunday, January 8, 2017, Epiphany of the Lord, the OFE formed an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Hermitage of Saint Tekakwitha, which is in Madison, Ohio, USA.  The hermitage is under the administration of Franciscan Hermits of Divine Mercy.
 
Reverend Father William Seuffert, FHDM, founder of the Hermitage, also founded the Franciscan Hermits of Divine Mercy as a contemplative Roman Catholic religious order of monks and nuns. FHDM provides a community for men, women, and married couples who are 50 years of age, or older and who are normally excluded by other orders because of infirmity, age or marital status. They live a hermits’ lives of prayer and never leave their homes, a new concept in monastic living.  They follow the rule of Saint Benedict and Mount Carmel spirituality. Each home is a personal hermitage and is part of the larger community of Hermits of Divine Mercy.  Like traditional orders, they also take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. For married people, chastity means a strengthening of the marriage vows. Poverty in all ways includes good stewardship of monies and obedience to Church and superiors.
 
Franciscan Hermits of Divine Mercy ministerial mission is Trinitarian in structure:  first, they pray for religious, priest, and all clergy; second, to bring God’s mercy to everyone through teaching the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to all and praying the Chaplet; third, to assist the church as needed even though they are mainly a contemplative religious order. The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a Christian devotion based on the visions of Jesus as reported by Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), known as “the Apostle of Mercy.” She was a Polish sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and canonized as a Catholic saint in 2000.
 
Note: The chaplet is a Roman Catholic prayer form in the Roman Catholic Church, often said as a rosary-based prayer with the same set of rosary beads used for reciting the Holy Rosary or the Chaplet of Holy Wounded.
 
Our Lady of Knock Abbey Charter
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Charter # 030917 (Massachusetts, USA)

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter

Date of Charter: March 09, 2017

Roman Catholic
Our Lady of Knock Abbey
 
Very Reverend Friar Terence M. McDonough+, OFE
Our Lady of Knock Abbey
Founder | Abbot
 
The Friends of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish
Pastor
     
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, memorial of Saint Frances of Rome, Religious, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) formed an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with Our Lady of Knock Abbey, which is in Massachusetts, USA.
 
Father Terence M. McDonough+, OFE, is the Founder of the Abbey. He is the Pastor at The Friends of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. The parish has a Novitiate program of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES). 
 
Saint Joseph’s Hermitage Charter
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Charter # 072519-2 (Texas, USA)

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter 

Date of Charter: July 25, 2019 

 Roman Catholic
Saint Joseph’s Hermitage
Sons of Saint Francis (SSF) 
 
Friar Elijah Cortez, SSF
Minister General | Founder
 
Most Reverend +Michael Cuozzo, OFE, MA, MDiv, STD, PhD
Guardian
 
Saint Joseph’s Hermitage
Sons of Saint Francis (SSF) 
Friar Elijah, SSF, is minister general and founder of Saint Joseph’s Hermitage, also founded the Sons of Saint Francis (SSF). 
 
Saint Joseph’s Hermitage is nothing other than your place of residence.  Saint Francis forbade any permanent place of residence and told his friars “wherever you take your bodies, that is your monastery, friary, convent or home.” Hermitages were common and a good place to “flee” community life in order to be wholly absorbed in “God alone.” When I envision the Sons of Saint Francis (SSF) as a respective and potential “Order,” I envision them living an eremitical existence formed by the Holy Spirit and ready to reap the harvest of souls.

 Mission

 
Our mission as Sons of Saint Francis involves reformation of our Franciscan Order in particular, restoration of the Church in general, and the renewal of the world as a whole.
 
Charism
 
The nature of our charism as Sons of Saint Francis goes back to the original charism (gifts) and spirituality of our holy seraphic father, Saint Francis. We do not claim to be “official Friars Minor as such, but carrying on the primitive spirit and tradition of our founder, Saint Francis, we claim spiritual adoption as his sons.
 
Rule of Life
 
The Rule of Life of the Sons of Saint Francis is to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in obedience, without property, and in chastity. Brother Francis promises obedience and reverence to his holiness Pope Honorius and his lawfully elected successors and to the Church of Rome. The other friars are bound to Brother Francis and his successors.
 
 
Evangelizer of the Apostles Carter
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Charter # 11012019 (Columba, South America)

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter

Date of Charter:  November 01, 2019 

Roman Catholic
Evangelizers of the Apostles 
(Evangelizadores de los Apóstoles​)
Most Reverend +Olga Lucia Álvarez Benjumea​, ARCWP
Bishop | Founder
Association of Roman Catholic Woman Priests
 
Evangelizers of the Apostles 
(Evangelizadores de los Apóstoles​)
 
Bishop
 
Most Reverend +Olga Lucia Álvarez Benjumea​, ARCWP
 
Priests
 
Maria Teresa Martinez Maldonado
 
On the Solemnity of All Saints, Thursday, November 1, 2019, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical and the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist formed an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with Evangelizers of the Apostles (Evangelizadores de los Apóstoles), which is in Medellin, Columbia, South America. Evangelizers of the Apostles was founded by Most Reverend Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea. She is a member of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP).
 
Bishop Olga was educated by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation. She did USEMI Missionary work with indigenous and Afro communities and was secretary of CELAM Medellin 1968. CELAM (Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericanois a council of the Roman Catholic bishops of Latin America. Her formation included religious studies, pastoral ministry, catechesis Superior, liberation theology, and an emphasis on popular reading of the Bible. Bishop Olga was ordained a priest in Sarasota, Florida, USA on December 11, 2010 and a bishop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on September 24, 2015. She accompanies several communities and strengthen the ecumenical base primarily of the itinerant. She works with women convicts and ex ASFADES (Association of Families of the Disappeared), is author of several books and articles in biblical-theological reflection and is a Collective Member of the Ecumenical Bible Scholars.
Franciscan Abbey of the Immanuel Communion of Love and the Third Order of Saint Francis Ministry Charter
Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Charter # 04062022 (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) 

OFE Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter

Date of Charter: April 6, 2022 

Catholic
Franciscan Abbey of the Immanuel Communion of Love and the
Third Order of Saint Francis Ministry
 
Most Reverend Archbishop Eric M. Gaghnon
Founder
 
We are a religious who are followers of Christ in the footsteps of Francis, Anthony, and Clare of the Franciscan Order and strive to lead their lives according to the words and work of Christ, following the example and spirituality of their fraternal and father, Saint Francis of Assisi.  Members serve as Chaplain Ministers in the community and work in capacities in helping the needy.
 
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