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

Where East Meets West: How Your Faith Enhances Mine

When East Meets West: How Your Faith Enhances Mine is the title of an exciting program offered by Oldenburg Franciscan Center on Saturday, August 24, 2019.  Dr. Anita Joshi and Bruce Garrison will discuss the connections between Hinduism and Christianity.  The program is at the center from 9:30 am-2:30 pm for $45 which includes lunch.  We will lear… [ Read More ]

Welcome Carla Castano

Welcome to our newest Associate, Carla Castano! Carla lives in Indianapolis and is a Spanish Professor at Marian University. She made her Associate commitment during a prayer service on Sunday morning, August 11th  in the Motherhouse Chapel. Carla was also here to participate in a Prospective Associate retreat. Associate Pat Ertel was Carla’s mento… [ Read More ]

A Child of the Light

Dear Sisters and Associates, Co-Workers, Family, and Friends, The words to the opening song for our Sunday liturgy seemed to echo perfectly S. Francis Ann’s sentiments as she waited in a hospital bed during the early morning hours: “I want to walk as a child of the light.  I want to follow Jesus. I’m looking for the coming of Christ.  I want to be… [ Read More ]

Music in Her Heart

Dear Sisters and Associates, Co-Workers, Family and Friends, In the early hours of this day, August 5, while the quiet of the night surrounded a sleeping world, our beloved Sister Mary Ann Miles peacefully journeyed home to God.  Those of us who knew her musical heart are certain that her “flight” to the divine chambers was accompanied by joyous mu… [ Read More ]

Welcome In

Dear Sisters and Associates, Co-Workers, Family, and Friends, On the day of her 80th jubilee, our Sister Virginia Ann Streit wavered between an earthly remembrance and a heavenly feast.  Who can deny that she chose the better part as at 6:45 p.m. she accepted the latter invitation?  Actually, Virginia Ann had told individuals throughout this year t… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Jeremiah 38: 4-6, 8-10
Psalm Response: Psalm 40: 2-4, 18
Second Reading: Hebrews 12: 1-4
Gospel: Luke 12: 49-53

     In the psalm today we are encouraged to cry out to the Lord–to make our steps firm, to put a new song into our mouths, and to trust in the Lord. In this time it is difficult not to get caught up in all the confusion and hatred evident in our world. Today we are called to act for the good of all people while trusting in them and God that such good will triumphant over that which overwhelms us. Now is the time to act for peace among family, friends, those we encounter and those who are strangers to us.  We are surrounded by division over the little “things”.  We see division in the big “things” happening on the world stage.  It is time for us to be people of peace, compassion and love. In Hebrews we are told not to grow despondent or to abandon the struggle, but to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.  Jesus is our example, the one we believe lives within us and helps us perfect our faith and the actions that come from that faith.  Perhaps it is the moment where we should quiet ourselves and seek that faith we find in God and God’s compassionate presence.  Then with that strength, act in it and from it. Then the psalmist’s words echo that our steps will be made firm and a new song will come into our mouths.

Compassionate God, we admit that we are often weak and discouraged about problems in our lives and in our world. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on peace and the compassion you show us in our day to day lives and be within that we might act out of that compassion, trusting in your loving care for us and all people of the earth.