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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Reunited After 80 Years

Quietly and peacefully, our beloved Sister Irvin Marie heard the summons of her Bridegroom and, at 2:45 A.M. on this 80th anniversary of her entrance into the Oldenburg Franciscan Community, she was lifted to the waiting arms of God! How fitting that, as the Church honored the Birthday of Mary, Sister Irvin Marie was born into eternal life! How jub… [ Read More ]

A New Ministry at the Motherhouse

A new ministry has emerged for the Sisters at the Motherhouse in Oldenburg, IN with the help of the Associates.  Following you will find out the how, when and where of this new project.  It started as a way to recycle plastic bags keeping them out of landfills and our environment and help the most venerable of our society by providing them warm and… [ Read More ]

Season of Creation Week Two

This is the reflection for the second week of the Season of Creation coming from Laudato Si’.  Laudato Si:  So, what [we] all need is an “ecological conversion”,  whereby the effects of [our] encounter  with Jesus become  evident  in [our] relationship with the world around  [us]. Living our vocation to be protectors  of God’s handiwork  is essenti… [ Read More ]

Climate Justice March

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A march for “climate justice” will be held in Lawrenceburg on Saturday, September 8. Solarize Indiana is organizing the local march in conjunction with the worldwide Peoples Climate March. The worldwide demonstration is a large-scale activist event to advocate action against climate change. March organizer Sister Claire Whale… [ Read More ]

November 10 Retreat Day

Associates are invited to attend a retreat sponsored by the Tri-State Conference of Associate Leadership on November 10, 2018. Sister Judy Gomila, MSC will facilitate the day and look at the Gospel of Luke and how to, “get into the boat,” and to chart new waters. Through presentation, reflection, music and faith-sharing, the retreat will help parti… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 50: 5-9
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 116:
I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
Second Reading: James 2: 14-18
Gospel: Mark 8: 27-35

Reflection for September 16, 2018
Faith is our theme today.  As Jesus says, our faith is shown by our actions.  If we do no action of helping others in big or little ways (which includes our praying for them), how can we say we believe?

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God truly does open our ears so we may hear his inspirations.  He calls us to believe he is the Son of God and walks beside us.  Because of our faith in him and his faith in us, we firmly believe he is our help at all times even when we are unaware of his presence.  When Jesus was physically present and walked with his disciples, he asked, he warned, he spoke, he turned and he summoned.  If we take quiet time at the end of the day, we too will find that God has spent the day communicating with us as he did with his disciples.  Our faith in God has shown by our actions during the last twenty four hours.  May we, like St. Francis, follow in Jesus’ footprints announcing by our words and actions “God give you peace.”

Ever loving God, help me today to hear and heed your summons.  Open my ears and my heart to proclaim that you are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.  May my actions proclaim my belief.

Lorraine Geis, OSF