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

The Journey Toward Interdependence

The Associate Advisory Board of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN would like to share an article by Jeanne Connolly. Jeanne Connolly has been a covenant companion (or associate) with the Wheaton Franciscans in Wheaton, Illinois, for more than 22 years, and has served as their director of charism and mission since 2007. Jeanne is currently t… [ Read More ]

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 ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

1st Reading: Daniel 12: 1-3
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16: 5, 8-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 10: 11-14, 18
Gospel: Mark 13: 24-32

This Sunday’s readings from the prophet Daniel and the Gospel of Mark speak of the end times which can strike fear in our hearts and then we hope we are among the elect. However the verses from Psalm 16 comprise the prayer of the person who trusts in God because s/he has put God first in her/his life. This person is confident that God will bless her/his life. The letter to the Hebrews reminds us Jesus is in heaven advocating for us. As God says in the Entrance Antiphon for today: “I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me and I will answer you.” Jer. 29:11-12.  We need not fear the end times. God loves us and is with us at all times.

God, we know you are merciful and loving. We thank you for being near to us and keeping us safe. We rejoice knowing you will not abandon us but lead us into your presence singing for joy. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dianne Kaimann, OSF