Sisters of St. Francis
P.O. Box 100
22143 Main Street, Oldenburg, IN 47036
812-934-2475
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Welcome

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

Music in Heaven Abounds

In the early hours of January 7, just as the Epiphany star departed the heavens, our beloved Sister Mary Gloria Gallagher made her ecstatic flight to God, the cause of her joy and the source of her music-filled heart.  Imagine the delight she discovered as, free from all limitations, she found herself in the warmth and glory of God’s presence!  Sur… [ Read More ]

Climate Justice Moves Forward Slowly

The question to ask—did COP24 in Katowice, Poland, advance climate justice?  Yes and no!  Negotiators from over 190 counties agreed to keep the Paris agreement alive and completed most of the rules that countries would follow in reporting their pledges, but they were not able to heed scientists’ warning to step up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emis… [ Read More ]

Convent Tours

On December 27, 2018 you are invited for the annual Convent Tours at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN.  Visit with the Associates and Sisters while enjoying the trees from around the world, tours of the convent and refreshments. 6:00-8:00 PM

Christmas Blessing and Invitation

The Wonder of Christmas is upon us once again.  The Sisters and Associates wish you a blessed Christmas with the following: The ancient story revealed…an angel’s visit, a young woman’s Yes, a pilgrim journey and Emmanuel, Jesus Christ is with us.  Heaven and Earth cry out with JOY! Join us in our Christmas celebration at Mass on December 25.  Car… [ Read More ]

Reflection in the Season of Advent

As we wait in this season of Advent we invite you to reflect on the following quote from the twenty first chapter of Jeremiah, verse 13 as we prepare the way of the Lord. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96: 1-3, 7-10
Second Reading: 1Corinthians 12: 4-11
Gospel: John 2: 1-11

Reflection
Can you imagine it was possible for Jesus to say no to any hint of a request from Mary, his mother?  It was a major disaster in a community where wine was an elegant part of the meal.  Mary knew the family would be embarrassed if they ran out of wine at their wedding feast so she said to the servers to do whatever Jesus instructed them.  Jesus was not enthusiastic, but relented.  In filling the jugs with water the servers discovered it seemed to have turned to wine.  This “saved the day” and the guests’ expectations were realized.

The guests went on their way not realizing the wondrous act of Jesus, only one of many to come.  They returned to their daily lives and so did Jesus.  Throngs followed him, his disciples became many and we imagine he could barely keep his balance. His first disciples were ready and gave up much to follow him.  There were twelve who left career and family and adopted his counsel and made God a priority.  It was not because water turned to wine or other miracles performed by Jesus.  It was a life of faith, a purpose greater than themselves and a leader dedicated to God and God’s compassionate presence that called them beyond themselves and into a life where they made a difference.  Water doesn’t turn into wine every day.  Miracles don’t happen to everyone.  Or do they?  We are called to redirect our thinking and adopt an attitude of faith.  Where does that faith lead us?  Great and powerful mysteries abound in such a life.  It gets us through the fears and concerns of our days and calls us to walk with God to approach our lives as ones in which miracles on many levels exist.  God is within and we live in a God who is willing to touch us in ways we will understand.  Our lives are different now, less confusing, less fearful.  How much can we adjust our perspective to live in such belief?  How aware are we of the miracles, big and small, which occur in our lives every day?

Prayer
Lord, you walk within us and our lives.  You gift us with your loving care.  Let us be joyfully grateful especially in those times of fear and uncertainty.  Help us wait patiently for the fullness of time when all things will be made clear and your compassion will lead us to trust in you and our fellow human beings.  We bring our brightest and darkest days to you and trust in your loving grace.  Open the doors of our hearts to see those miraculous daily events and give glory to your name.

Madonna Bishop, OSF