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.

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She Walked in Beauty

Sister Pat had enjoyed some pumpkin pie on Saturday evening, showing some positive signs of progress as she underwent tests at Rehoboth Hospital in Gallup, NM.  But recovery was not to be.  Unexpectedly, in the early hours of November 17, Sister Pat turned over her spirit to God and entered the joys of the heavenly kingdom.  There, we know she smil… [ Read More ]

Somewhere: World Children’s Day

Let us be aware that November 20th is World Children’s Day.  The video is produced by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).  The purpose is to contribute and promote international collaboration to increase international respect for human rights and justice.  The video is beautiful – singing and photos.  See belo… [ Read More ]

Always Sharing

Early on the evening of November 7, shortly after sunset, S. Ruth Breig (S. Rose Michael) passed quietly from this life to eternal life. The twilight drew her gently into the joy of being held in the palm of God’s hand for she knew that she was precious in God’s eyes. Ruth Brieg was born into a home that was full and busy. Her parents, John and Emm… [ Read More ]

Sunset Sharing

On November 7, 2019 the Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis are celebrating the beauty of Autumn evenings by gathering for prayer and fellowship.  The evening is open to Associates, Sisters and Prospective Associates and will be in Room 226 in the Motherhouse from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Please place your reservation by November 1 by calling 812-933-64… [ Read More ]


At 10 o’clock Sunday morning, October 6, Sister Francis Joan Clements gently released her spirit into oneness with God.  Just moments before, those of us in chapel heard the words of the first reading, “Stir into flame the gift of God that you have been given” (2 Tm 1:6). Francis Joan had spent her life stirring her gifts into flame and generously… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading:  2 Samuel 5:1-3
Psalm Response:  Psalm 122:1-5
Second Reading:  Colossians 1:12-20
Gospel: Luke 23: 35-43

Today is the feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the feast that bridges the last Sunday  of the Church year and the first  Sunday of the new church year –  Advent.Jesus Christ, king of it all!  Jesus Christ – KING!  Foreshadowed by his ancestor David, who, as told in the book of Samuel, was anointed as king of all of Israel.

And as Paul tells us in his letter to the Colossians: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation.  He is before all things and in him all things hold together. For in him all fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross.

What kind of king was Jesus?  No regal robes, no noisy fanfare.  He was proclaimed “King of the Jews” in a strange manner—on a plaque at the top of the cross on which he was put to death, proclaimed king by a dying “criminal”.  Can you picture that man, hanging next to Jesus, looking at the face of the suffering Jesus and asking to remember him when he comes into his kingdom?  Hear Jesus’ response, “This day you will be with me in Paradise.”  Hear the love in Jesus’ voice and feel the relief in the thief’s body. Yes, Jesus is a gentle, forgiving king…King of the Universe.  Try reflecting on the ways Jesus is present to you as king, as one of powerful love we cannot even imagine.  How might you ask to be remembered by him?  How do you answer this call to love as he loves?

Jesus, King of the Universe, hear us as we pray for your kingdom to come.  Continue to show us your Kingdom of love and mercy, and strengthen us to be proclaimers of that Kingdom.  May we bring your kingdom of love and compassion in our daily lives. Thank you for your Kingship!  Amen.

Joan Laughlin, OSF