Sisters of St. Francis
P.O. Box 100
22143 Main Street, Oldenburg, IN 47036
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Our 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.

Recently Added

Coffee, Rolls, Reflection and Conversation

On July 14, 2018, 9:00-11:30 AM in the Membership Room (226) relax and enjoy a morning of hospitality, reflection and conversation with sights and sounds of summer. Dress casual and comfortable as we celebrate the season of Summer. RSVP to the Associate Office by Monday, July 9, 2018, at 812-933-6439 or 812-933-6457 or (H… [ Read More ]

Congratulations to Chris Wesselman

Congratulations to Associate Chris Wesselman for graduating from the Beech Grove Spiritual Direction Training Program and is now a Spiritual Director. Chris, although a new Associate, is very active during community events at the Motherhouse, participates in several Associate small groups and has recently been elected to the Associate Board.

Dedication is What It’s Called

Greetings from Missouri My call to Religious life began during my senior year in High School.  Being taught by the Franciscan sisters in grade school and the Loretto sisters in high school meant I had to choose which community to enter.  Sr. Janice, SL told me it did not matter which community I chose, what mattered was to answer His call.  I chose… [ Read More ]


Have you ever wondered about being a sister? A Franciscan Sister? You are invited to be with others who may have some of the same questions. Seize the Opportunity to Journey with the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. If you would like to Come and See the Sisters of St. Francis, please contact S. Patti at 812-933-6417 or…. [ Read More ]


For many students, spring break is a vacation, a chance to step away from the stresses of daily life. But last year, sophomores Mary Carper and Kaylee Bluethmann embarked on Marian University’s (Indianapolis) alternative spring break to Campton, Kentucky, and their experience wasn’t exactly a walk on the beach. Perhaps for the first time in their l… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading:  Ezekiel 17: 22-24
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10
Gospel: Mark 4: 26-34

This week we will begin the season of Summer.  Farmers are busy planing their crops and many will be planting their gardens.  Jesus in the Gospel today tells us that the kingdom of God is like a seed and it grows into a bush or plant and brings forth fruit.  How does this happen?  Jesus has planted in us the seeds of God’s love for us.  We are to make this seed of love grow inside of us and move us outside of ourselves into the lives of others.  We are to be the hands, feet and heart of God’s love to the broken, suffering and hurting in our midst.

How can I help make the Kingdom of God flourish in my part of the world?  How is God asking me to move outside of myself and into the lives of the others I encounter day by day? How can I reach out into the pain of others and plant the seed of God’s compassion and unconditional love?  I have the seeds planted within me.  It is my responsibility and my gift to spread the Good News to others in my world. We all have that responsibility and giftedness within.  What do we do with that responsibility?

Jesus, thank you for the gift of love you have shown us in revealing to us our God’s unconditional love for us.  We are surrounded by God’s love-something we cannot earn, it is gift all around us.  We need only to open our eyes and see and contemplate the beauty around us.  God gives us the Spirit of Wisdom to have faith and trust in your ways.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Alice Retzner, osf