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Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, are women and men who live the Gospel life by embracing the mission, vision, and values of the Congregation.

 
        Mission Statement 
As Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, we desire to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For the common good, we wish to give of ourselves and our goods to the many communities in which we are involved. We seek to be especially mindful of and helpful to the poor, the oppressed, and destitute of our community. All that we possess is gift from God which we gratefully receive and freely share.
 
WHO BECOMES AN ASSOCIATE? 
  • Persons 21 years of age, ordinarily, or older
  • Married couples
  • Single women and men
  • Catholics, as well as, persons from other religious traditions.
 
WHY BECOME AN ASSOCIATE?

  • To allow Sisters and Associates to explore together a call from God.
  • To enable both the Congregation and the Associates to give mutual support in their commitment to living out the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • To share in mutuality with the Sisters, our gifts of the Spirit and to allow ourselves to be enriched with the gifts of others in the Church.
  • To share in the mission and prayer of the Congregation.

WHAT DO ASSOCIATES DO?

  • Meet regularly with a Contact Person
  • Gather regularly with a group of other Associates and Sisters where possible 
  • Attend community events at Oldenburg when possible
  • Try to integrate Franciscan values into every aspect of their lives
  • Experience ongoing mutual support in faith and ministry 

WHAT STEPS DO I TAKE TO BECOME AN ASSOCIATE?

  • Pray to know how God is calling you
  • Visit with an Oldenburg Franciscan Sister or Associate
  • Contact the Associate Office

DIRECTION FROM THE ASSOCIATE OFFICE
Becoming an Associate is not like joining a club or even a church community. The decision to make an Associate commitment with a specific community is a life decision. Making this commitment is choosing a direction from which later decisions and relationships follow.

This decision is a preliminary step in the initial formation process. The process as a Prospective Associate is not a formality to go through for what has already been decided. When we look at the expectations of Assoicates and the public expression of the charism, which Associates witness to the world, the decision to make a commitment is more than an application process. It is a holy opportunity to discern the presence of a spiritual call. All discernment processes are intentional and take time. (NACAR Manual, "Lead with the Spirit")


What is the Oldenburg Associates' Spiritual Growth Fund?


The Spiritual Growth Fund is designated monies that have been set aside to help Associates who are experiencing financial difficulties and cannot afford to attend spiritual growth programs such as retreats, prayer days, gatherings, etc.  This fund is established and maintained through Associate donations.  All Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, are eligible to apply for money from this fund if they are in financial need.  To apply, an Associate can call the Associate Office (1.812.933.6439) or email the Associate Office at associate@oldenburgosf.com to request an application.  The completed application can be returned to the office by email or postal at least 30 days before the event.  Print out the application by clicking here: Scholarship Application




ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS:  Bill Daily, Judy Ann Dye, Karen Fultz, Linda Hilsinger, S. Kate Holohan, S. Maureen Irvin, Becky Koors, Carolyn Meyer, Betsy Savare, Jane Schaefer, Janet Sturwold,  S. Barbara Piller, S. Cleopha Werner
 

For additional information about the Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, please contact Carolyn Meyer or Jane Schaefer, Co-Directors of Associates.                
                                                                               
Jane Schaefer                         
812.933.6457                          
 
Carolyn Meyer
812.933.6439