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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Reflection in the Season of Advent

As we wait in this season of Advent we invite you to reflect on the following quote from the twenty first chapter of Jeremiah, verse 13 as we prepare the way of the Lord. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

Michaela Farm Under the Spires

Saturday, December 1, 2018 marks the celebration of the Village of Oldenburg in Southeastern Indiana called “Under the Spires”.  Join Michaela Farm, one of the Sisters’ supported ministries right on the edge of Oldenburg, in joining in this festive day!  The farm store will be open and we have shelled and unshelled pecans, shelled English and black… [ Read More ]

Walking Toward Hope

With all the conflict and confusion over immigration these days it is important to remember that prayer can be helpful not only for people looking for safety, but for those working with them and those of us far from the borders of our country.  The Interfaith Immigration Coalition has prepared an Advent and Epiphany Devotional that you may find ins… [ Read More ]

A Season of Gratitude

We, the Oldenburg Sisters and Associates, thank you for your support in helping us in our ministry to live out the gospel of Jesus in the twenty-first century.  We appreciate your help, your volunteering, your unflagging enthusiasm and your joining us in making the love of God real in the world today. Such a calling cannot be done in isolation and… [ Read More ]

Oldenburg Holidays Under the Spires

On December 1, 2018 the town of Oldenburg celebrates its unique take on the holidays.  Come join the town and the Sisters in the pure joy of the season.  The shops and restaurants will be open for business with one-of-a-kind gifts with a German flair.  Soak up the atmosphere and come to the Motherhouse for our cookie walk; visit our chapel for the… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Isaiah 11: 1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Second Reading: Romans 15: 4-9
Gospel: Matthew 3: 1-12

In the readings before us today there is a lot of talk about justice, mercy, patience and harmony.  What do the acts of justice and mercy look like to you?  Do these virtues call for us to be in conversion in our lives?  John the Baptist told the people to reform their lives.  In the busyness of this time of year let us find the stillpoint that is God.  In the stillness of this waiting period we call Advent we are called to look through the rush and stress and see the inherent harmony and patience in our core selves.  We are called to find moments of reflection, moments where we can “sit” in the silent expectation of celebrating the coming of God again to be one with us. Emerson once said, “It isn’t what you look at that is so important, it is what you see.”  What do we see beneath the surface?  Can we find within ourselves true justice for those who don’t have what we have and be merciful to those we truly see?  Our challenge is to be patient and find the underlying harmony in our souls, sharing that with those we truly see.

Jesus, one who comes once again into this world, help us to see the truth and act with justice and mercy.  Give us the patience to spread “God with us” creating an atmosphere of harmony and celebration at your coming. Help us to find that stillpoint that is you and give thanks for your coming among us on Christmas and always.

Ellen Miller, OSF