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.

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At 10 o’clock Sunday morning, October 6, Sister Francis Joan Clements gently released her spirit into oneness with God.  Just moments before, those of us in chapel heard the words of the first reading, “Stir into flame the gift of God that you have been given” (2 Tm 1:6). Francis Joan had spent her life stirring her gifts into flame and generously… [ Read More ]

Remember in Joy

The Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis are offering a time to remember and a time to celebrate those living and deceased persons special to you.  There will be a prayer service devoted to that purpose in the Motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg, IN on November 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM.  A tribute by name will be held during a prayer service of remembran… [ Read More ]

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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord will award to me. . .”  – 2 Timothy 4: 7-8 Just a few hours after our October 4 feast day celebration, our Franciscan “race enthusiast” journeyed toward her own finish line, with victory in sight. R… [ Read More ]

Being a Peace-Presence

The Sisters and Associates of St. Francis, Oldenburg, celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th.  This is a time of great celebration, but also one of reflection on our mission as peace-makers with all people and all creation.  The following is a letter from our Congregational Minister, S. Christ Franzer, with words of peace and c… [ Read More ]

Vocation Awareness Day

Are you discerning where God may be calling you?  Have you thought of religious life?  Marian University in Indianapolis, IN is having a Vocation Fair November 5, 3019. Come and meet the people who can help you discern whether religious life is for you. Stop by the Vocation Fair to learn more about the many good works being done by these men and wo… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: 2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm Response: Psalm 98:1-4
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19

In reflecting on today’s reading concerning the suffering of the lepers being “outcast”, thus separated from society and a perceived threat, I was reminded of a poem “Oath of Disloyalty”. It is written by a Jewish woman, Reb Irvin Keller. I will take the liberty of shortening and using the word Christian where she had the word Jew.

I am a disloyal Christian,
I am not loyal to a political party.
I am not loyal to walls or cages.
I am not loyal to taunts or tweets.
I am not loyal to hatred, to Christian-baiting, to the gloating connivings of white supremacy.
I am not loyal to stories that tell me whom I should hate.

I am a loyal Christian.
I am loyal to the inconveniences of kindness.
I am loyal to the dream of justice where all are accepted and welcomed.
I am loyal to this suffering Earth and to all of life.
I am loyal to the children who will come and the quality of the world we leave them.
I am loyal to freedom and welcome, holiness, hope and love.

Jesus, as a Jew, rejected the norms of defining who the outcasts of society were.  He offered healing. The healing was not only physical, but included acceptance into society   as a valuable and contributing member. When each of us feels we are made “whole” it brings healing to mind, body and soul. We welcome kindness, hope and love.

How loyal am I to the gospel of welcoming those I fear?  Those I feel repulsion toward?  What healing do I need to be made “clean”? When do I feel rejected, or feel like I am standing on the “outside”; be it family, a group of friends or at work?

Prayer
“Have mercy on me, O God”. I come in my brokenness to be made whole. Open my heart and mind.  Help me to be with others who feel lonely, separated, and in pain. Help me to offer healing to those perceived as less equal.

Rosie Miller, osf