Order of Ecumenical Franciscans

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The Order of Ecumenical Franciscans (OEF)[1] is a group of men and women devoted to following the examples[citation needed] of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare of Assisi in their life and understanding of the Christian gospel: sharing a love for creation and for those who have been marginalized. It is headed by Br. Louis Canter and is associated with the First United Methodist Church of Orlando.[2]

An example of Christian ecumenism, the OEF includes members of many different denominations, including Roman Catholics,[citation needed] Anglicans, and the whole range of Protestant traditions. The OEF understands its charism to include not only ecumenical efforts and the traditional emphases of the Franciscans in general, but also to help to develop relationships among the various Franciscan orders. Some reference books consider them one of a number of third orders of Saint Francis,[3] other classify them separately.[4]