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

Welcome to Matthew Landry

Congratulations to Reverend Matthew Landry who made his Associate commitment on May 9th, 2019 at Oldenburg. Matt’s wife  Candace and their three year old son, Zechariah enjoyed a visit through the town of Oldenburg followed by dinner and the signing prayer service at 7:00 pm. Associates and Sisters gathered in the Community Room to celebrate with h… [ Read More ]

To God You Are a Work of Art

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”  This philosophy of 19th century post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh might easily represent our Sister Sandra’s vision as well. The canvas of Sandy’s life began with her birth on May 19, 1942 to Vincent and Doris Schweitzer, residents of Cincinnati’s Northside German parish of St. Boniface.  World… [ Read More ]

National Nursing Week 2019

The Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, want to recognize the nurses and nurses’ aids that minister with the Sisters in St. Clare Hall, the retirement center at the Motherhouse.  Their skill and dedication does not go unnoticed by those who live there, nor by those who work along side them.  The nurses and nurses’ aids bring compassion, skill and mu… [ Read More ]

Hoosier Resilience Hero

S. Claire Whalen, Sister of St. Francis, Oldenburg, was honored during Earth Week by being named a Hoosier Resilience Hero by the Environmental Resilience Institute, a part of Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Changes Grand Challenge Initiative.  The Initiative honored ten heroes who show leadership in working toward making a positive… [ Read More ]

A Gift She Offered to All

In the final hours of Easter Sunday, April 21, while the faithful celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus, our beloved S. Ruth Ann Wirtz was called to share in His new life in all its fullness.  What a joyful passage she must have experienced as she made her way to the light and glory of heaven!  We can only imagine the delightful reunion that must ha… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Acts: 14: 21-27
Psalm Response: Psalm 145: 8-13
Second Reading: Revelations 21: 1-5a
Gospel: John 13: 31-35

Paul and Barnabas served as models for discipleship.We are called to travel: outside of our comfort zones, outside of our neighborhoods, states, even countries; called to proclaim: the saving grace of God, the unconditional love of Jesus and the gifts of the Spirit; called to pray: praising God with thanks and adoration; called to fast: ” living simply so others may simply live” and finally called together: to share with one another the greatest commandment, “ love one another as I have loved you. This is how all will know you are my disciples.”

In today’s scripture, Jesus tells us to love one another as he has loved us. Of course, Jesus’ love is greater than we can even imagine … but he is telling us to follow his example. Jesus loves us unconditionally. He wants us to love others unconditionally—not based on personality or looks or behavior or even our feelings. When we love as Jesus loved, we are recognized as his disciple.

Do others recognize me as a disciple of Jesus?

Loving God, you who makes all things new, change us, transform us. Make us new, so that we can welcome your Kingdom when it comes in its fullness, when everything old has passed away. Forgive us for all the tears we have caused, and wipe away all the tears we have shed. Help us, O God, as followers of Jesus, to persevere in our faith, to risk spreading your word, to risk loving those whom others think worthy of love, and to take chances by doing good to those who have hurt us. We praise You for Your never-ending and limitless love and mercy.

Carolyn Meyer, Associate