Welcome! The Order of Ecumenical Franciscans Order is a community of Christians committed to spiritual growth in the manner of the "Brothers and Sister of Penitence" (the original name of the Third Order of St. Francis); followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. OEF is a dispersed Community, who covenant to draw up a Personal Rule in harmony with our General Principles. We vow accountability to one another in Community. OEF may be members of any Christian denomination who commit to our process of formation. We agree to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in company with Francis and his followers, for the good of a suffering world.
Dale Carmen, Interim Minister General
About our web site
This site is being reconstructed. At this time you may register and use the forums. (Unregistered visitors may read the forums, but not post.) Please check back periodically to see new information as it is posted, particularly information and the registration form for the 2014 Chapter and Convocation!
Important! Be sure to visit the Announcements category in the Forums for updates instructions on using the site, including access to The Cloister for OEF members.
The Cloister in the forums
OEF professed members and novices are urged to join The Cloister, our members forum, to participate in internal discussions. Here are the steps to join:
(1) Register for the site and log in.
(2) Click the "GroupJive" link in the Communicate menu to the left.
(3) Click the blue word "Groups".
(4) Click the green "Join" button to the right of "Professed and Novices".
That's it! As soon as someone verifies that you are a member, you will be able to see the private forum.
The Cloister forum is open only to OEF members (professed and novices).
The General Rule
The General Rule of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans
(as adopted November 22, 1983)
The Franciscan family, as one among many spiritual families raised up by the Holy Spirit in the Church, unites all members of the people of God, clergy and laity, who recognize that they are called to follow Christ in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Christ calls us to follow this way so that he may send us, like Francis, to offer all that we have and all that we are. We shall strive to be living witnesses among all nations to the great truth that in Christ "there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and freemen, between men and women" (Galatians 3:28); that there are no barriers of race or nations in God's family. There is only the All-loving Creator, the Divine Redeemer, the one fellowship in the All-Wonderful Comforter.