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

Navajo Mission of St. Mary’s Receives Mural

Chriss Murphy, of Trinity Artistic Creations Expressions, created this mural in celebration of St. Mary Mission’s 100th Anniversary in 2020 where S. Pat Bietsch and S. Marlene Kochert minister in New Mexico. In Chriss’ own words she describes why she created the mural.  “Here is the finished mural that I’ve been blessed to create at St. Mary Missio… [ Read More ]

S. Claire’s Ministry focuses on Care of Creation

S. Claire Whalen, osf has discovered a ministry in Indiana that saves energy, helps our planet and serves the future needs of local communities and homeowners. She is deeply involved with the statewide solarizing program to offer information sessions and incentives for homeowners and businesses to consider using solar energy to reduce their carbon… [ Read More ]

New Leadership Team Begins Ministry

As of July 1, 2018, the Sisters of St. Francis welcome a new leadership team to ministry for the term 2018-2024.  The Sisters were elected at the Sisters’ Chapter of Elections on April 15, 2018.  (Left to Right) They are S. Annette Grisley, S. Christa Franzer, S. Barbara Leonhard and S. Delouise Menges. S. Christa Franzer will lead the Community as… [ Read More ]

Francis and the Sultan/Franciscan Federation

Some of us returned recently from the Franciscan Federation Gathering in Buffalo, New York.  The topic this year was Franciscans and Muslims: Lessons from the Past and Prospects for the Future.  The speakers were Franciscan Sister Kathy Warren and Franciscan Father Michael Calabria.  Following is an article from the Global Sisters Report written by… [ Read More ]

S. Lavonne Long “Gave a Little Extra”

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in    our life, or in the life of another.”     Helen Keller… Having done the best she could for ninety-six years, Sister Lavonne Long died peacefully on the morning of June 15, 2018. The third child of David and Nora (Mullins) Long, Lavonne grew up in Rushville, Indiana. After gr… [ Read More ]

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Our Weekly Reflection

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Jeremiah 23: 1-6
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 23: 1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 2: 13-18
Gospel: Mark 6: 30-34

Reflection for July 22, 2018
These readings reflect the love and compassion God has for his flock of sheep (his people), and the peace and contentment he bestows upon them.  God delivers his people from evildoers, banishes their fears, and provides for all their needs.  The Lord is the good shepherd who intends for us to live with him forever.  When seeing the crowds of people around him, Jesus portrays the image of shepherd by listening and caring for the people gathered.  They may act like sheep with out a shepherd, but Jesus assures them (and us) that he is there to protect, guide and love all of them.  With compassion Jesus teaches them, relieving their fears and bringing peace.  He brings them together as his own–as a shepherd does with his sheep.  How often do we hold onto fears and have a lack of trust in God our Shepherd?  What barriers keep us from following him?

Lord, you are our Good Shepherd.  Lead us to green pastures and still waters.  Give us rest and repose.  Banish all fear from us and increase our faith and trust in you.  Help us to recognize and follow your voice, and lead us to you where we will be one forever.  Amen.

April J. Boyle, Associate