Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist

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The Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) is an active Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order. Our beginnings are established in the mendicant friars of the Middle Ages. People of the Middle Ages were seeking to follow the Christ in their daily lives. Saint Francis of Assisi was himself a mendicant friar, and the founder of the Franciscan movement.[1]

OFE is a Roman Catholic Franciscan Religious Order, an International Ordinariate. Eastern Catholic and Roman Catholic, in its traditions and activities and work with other Franciscans in the repair of the Roman Catholic Church, work for justice for the oppressed, poor, and orphans. [2] This Franciscan order values its mission where they acknowledge the marriages, children, families, and lives of married Roman Catholic priests. Furthermore, they facilitate an uphill struggle to return married priesthood to the Roman Catholic Church.

Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) is a part of a much larger family of Franciscans of the male branch of priests and brothers and is traced back to the original charism [3] and spirituality [4] of our holy seraphic father, Saint Francis of Assisi. The second branch of our family of Franciscan is the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist Secular (OFES), which is composed of laypeople and wives of married priests and is carrying on the spirit and tradition of our founder Saint Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago. [5] [6]

A rule is the most straightforward description of a religious way of life. The Rule of 1223 A.D. was written by Saint Francis of Assisi, approved by Pope Honorius III. The Friars, Brothers, and Laity of OFE commit to the General Rule, a modern interpretation of the 1223 A.D. Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi is this:

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. 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 founder and 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 Generals, Minister Generals, and members of our Order.

History[edit]

Their beginnings were inaugurated in the Catholic Apostolic Church [7] [8]a religious movement which started in England around 1831. [9] Our church was first formed as the Catholic Apostolic Church (Eastern Rite), it was canonically created in 1985 as the International Ordinariate the Personal Papal Prelature of Pope John Paul II, was later rebranded as the Federation of Jesus Abbeys. OFE is shepherded by the example of the​ Prelature of Pope John Paul II, the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and the Most Reverend and Mrs. Salomão Barbosa Ferraz.

Goals & Objective[edit]

The four-fold goals of OFE are to make countless efforts to obtain members and consultants; openly share our story; foresee a college of bishops to administer the order; and serve and minister within the Roman Catholic Church ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

The objective is for “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." (Canon 393)

The Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist objective is achieved when our religious order and/or 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.

References[edit]

  1. Ford, John T. (2006). Saint Mary's Press Glossary of Theological Terms. Saint Mary's Press. p. 80. ISBN 9780884899037 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  2. "Institutional Members | Franciscan Action Network". franciscanaction.org.
  3. https://www.nafra-sfo.org/tau-usa/articles/spring15/feature1_spring15.pdf
  4. "The Spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi". Fuller Studio. October 16, 2009.
  5. "Secular Franciscan Order". August 13, 2019 – via Wikipedia.
  6. Robinson, P. (1909). Franciscan Order. In the Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Co. Retrieved 29 Jun. 2019 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06217a.htm
  7. Miller E., (1878). The History and Doctrines of Irvingism, or the So-called Catholic and Apostolic Church Volume I. Publisher Wentworth Press Publication. Date Aug. 26, 2016. pp. 1-12. ISBN 9-781363290888 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  8. “Catholic Apostolic Church [1]." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Encyclopedia.com. 22 Jun. 2019
  9. "Irving, Edward [2]." The Oxford Companion to British History. Encyclopedia.com. 23 Jun. 2019.

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