Who is the OEF?
Chapter/Convocation 2013 in Detroit
"May God give you Peace"
With this traditional Franciscan greeting we welcome you as you explore a little bit about who we are as sisters and brothers in the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans. As you check us out here on our website, you will discover two essential characteristics of our order. First you will discover that we are indeed Franciscans who strive to follow the poor Christ in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare. And second, you will discover that we are ecumenical. By being ecumenical we are committed to practicing the Franciscan charism as sisters and brothers from a vast variety of Christian communities. The membership of our order is represented by numerous Protestant denominations, independent Christian churches, and Catholic communions.
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.