Who is the OEF?
Our Mission Statement
Celebrating God's presence and grace in everything, following the Poor Christ of the gospels in lives of mutual care and accountability in harmony with the faith and practice of the whole Franciscan family, we are the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans. We seek to grow in the knowledge and love of God and to serve Jesus Christ in faithfulness to the spirit and example of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.
We are Ecumenical
The Franciscan Family
Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone was born in late summer or fall, 1181, in Assisi, Italy. Renamed Francesco by his father, he became Saint Francis to the rest of the world.
The challenge of community
Let's face it — community is tough. It's a beautiful concept, but often difficult to live out. Nations, cities, neighborhoods, families, local churches, and other organizations have discovered that it is quite a challenge to live, work, and play together in healthy and mutually respectful ways.
The Order of Ecumenical Franciscans was given birth when our founder, Dale Carmen, who went through the formation process with TSSF, was ready for her profession. Since she was not an Episcopalian, she could not be professed with that Order.