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

Nine Days of Prayer

We invite you to click this link to share in Dan Schutte’s Nine Days of Prayer Novena for Pentecost…  

Bell Tower to Honor the Sisters of St. Francis!

From the campus of Marian University, Indianapolis. The new Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg,  bell tower is starting to take shape! We can definitely imagine the bell ring!

How We Are Getting Through This Pandemic…

The Sisters of St. Francis have been reaching out to others during this COVID-19 Pandemic.  COVID-19 has affected the lives of each of us in many ways. Some of these impacts are direct. Many in Franklin and Ripley Counties struggle to maintain their households. We advocated for paid sick days and the expansion of unemployment insurance so that peop… [ Read More ]

A Rosary for Vulnerable People on the Move

We encourage you to join the Migration and Refugee Services and pray a daily Rosary for Vulnerable People on the Move. This Rosary will provide reflections on various vulnerable migrant populations. Recently, the Holy Father invited Catholics and all people of goodwill to pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary in solidarity of seeking intercessi… [ Read More ]

HIAS Student Refugee Virtual Book Club

If you’re looking for some good books for younger children, check out this list from HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). From the organization’s name you can guess that these books are age appropriate stories on the subject of worldwide refugees. HIAS has created this list for possible virtual book clubs; OR maybe you’d like to do grandparent and… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection



1st Reading: Acts 2: 1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
Second Reading: 1 Cor. 12 3b-7, 12-13
Gospel: John. 20: 19-23


This Pentecost, as we hope to emerge from being relatively isolated in our homes, “social-distancing” ourselves from others and living in fear of an invisible enemy, we can relate to the fearful disciples of Jesus praying together for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. After that amazing outpouring, when they emerged to proclaim the good news, they encountered people from every corner of the known world of their time; people of many languages and walks of life. As we come forth from our darkness into the light, we are reminded of the variety of people who have carried on essential services at this time of crisis: first responders, nurses, doctors, mental health counselors and social workers, trash collectors, grocery store clerks, long-haul truckers, maintenance crews. They are our heroes, and their unselfishness and tireless work has been and is a modern-day manifestation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our day.


 Holy Spirit, You have been poured out upon us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. At this time, our world is severely tested, yet we trust in your promise of peace. Grant us the grace to be more aware of the gifts You have poured out on us through your Holy Spirit. Grant us fortitude and perseverance as we share them in the communities in which we live and serve.

Mary Lynne Calkins, OSF