Mission Statement:

"We, the Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Oldenburg, are women of prayer, committed to the Gospel values as lived by St. Francis and Mother Theresa Hackelmeier. From our life in community we are sent to extend the mission of Jesus through our presence and service. Enlivened by a spirit of justice, reconciliation and peace, we collaborate with others in responding to the needs of the world."

We fulfill these words by being women of prayer in the ministries we do and the places where we are present. Since Vatican II opened the doors to the many needs of the world, we minister in education, parish ministry, social service, healthcare and social justice.




S. Norma Rocklage


Indiana Catholic Charities announced their Spirit of Service Award Honorees at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on April 30, 2015.  S. Norma was honored with the Community Service Award.  For more information on S. Norma  click here: S. Norma Award 

 Nia Kuumba Honored
Nia Kuumba (spirituality center sponsored by the Oldenburg Franciscans) was honored with the Torchbearer Award from the Lwanga Center which honored leaders in the African American Catholic Community on April 19, 2015 in St. Louis, MO.  They were honored for:
  • being committed to Christian values
  • making a difference in the lives of others
  • consistently standing out from the ordinary
  • accomplishing significant achievements
  • being filled with the ancient fire and the pioneering spirit of our ancestors

S. Marian Boberschmidt (seated third from left in front), director of Nia Kuumba, accepted the award.

June 13, 2015
Michaela Farm, a supported ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, is holding its biannual Barn Party June 13, 2015.  Come for the food, visit with friends, dance to the music and hear what's happening on the farm thanks to supporters like you! For more information click on the links below:
Farm Event Information
Farm Recognition

Butterfly Release 
 The Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis are holding their annual butterfly release on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM.  Order your butterfly in honor or in memory of one you love.  For full information click on the Butterfly Release tab on the left.

 Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Sisters' Response

In response to the passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana, please click below for statements by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Marian University (a sponsored institution of the Sisters) and the Indiana Catholic Conference.

OSF Statement
Marian Universitys Statement
IN Catholic Conference Statement

As of May 15, 2015 the Leadership Conference of Women Religious have released a public statement as to their response to the mandate from the Vatican regarding women religious and LCWR.  Click here to read the response from LCWR.

 S. Marie Werdmann, OSF
S. Marie died peacefully on the night of April 29, 2015.  Her visitation and funeral were held at the Motherhouse Chapel on May 4, 2015.  Click "Resting in God" tab on left for her memorial letter.

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Sisters of St. Francis
PO Box 100 Oldenburg, IN 47036