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

Annual Gathering of IJPC in Cincinnati

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center of Cincinnati is sponsoring their annual gathering.  Following is an introduction to the keynote speaker. On November 15th, IJPC will host Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. His keynote address will cap IJPC’s annual gathering. Du… [ Read More ]

Ten Ways to Fight Hate

Hate in America has become commonplace!  It is acted out by individuals and/or groups who feel they must kill or confront those who are not the same race, religion, disabled, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.  Bias is a human condition and American history is rife with prejudice.  When bias motivates an unlawful act, it is considered a… [ Read More ]

Honoring St. Francis

Happy St. Francis Day to you all!  The Sisters and Associates of St. Francis, Oldenburg, wish you a day of joy in celebrating care for Creation, the sacredness of earth and all its people.  It is our mission and ministry to follow the way of the Gospel…the way St. Francis honored all of God’s creation with compassion, dignity and love. Thank you… [ Read More ]

Associates’ Signing and Permanent Commitment

The Associate Signing and Associate Jubilarian celebration took place in the Motherhouse Chapel on Sunday, September 9th. Mass in the morning included recognizing Jubilarians who were living or deceased and blessing the Jubilarians who were present. After the noon meal the prayer service focused on a large window in front of the altar and offered p… [ Read More ]

An Irish Blessing

Dear Sisters and Associates, Co-Workers, Family, and Friends, “When your time comes, may you be given every blessing and shelter that you need. May there be a beautiful welcome for you in the home that you are going to.” This excerpt from John O’Donohue’s “Irish Blessing for Death” seemed so very appropriate to whisper at Sister Marietta’s bedside… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Isaiah 53: 10-11
Psalm Response: Psalm 33: 4-5, 18-20, 22
Second Reading: Hebrews 4: 14-16
Gospel: Mark 10: 35-45

In both Hebrews and Mark we are shown the reality of God’s generosity in judgment.  It is the way we love one another and treat each other that matters.  We are called to be servants to one another not to lord over or treat one another as less than persons who deserve our love.  God, in God’s goodness, gives us God’s self in Jesus who demonstrated the love of being of service to others, giving of himself to the point of dying for his belief that we were worthy of his attention.  He called us to be generous with our love, caring for others as if we were caring for ourselves no matter who, where or what their situation.  Our responsibility as followers of Jesus is to offer ourselves to one another, to pay attention, and to act justly toward both humans and all creation on this earth. Justice applies to all.

Jesus, help us to learn the lessons of love you taught us by your life.  Let us be silent enough to hear your call to act justly and love as you love.  In your name, we live our lives as servants of that love.  Be with us and guide us in this daily challenge to treat all creation with the honor and justice…to love as you love.