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 Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis are holding a soup supper on March 28, 2020 In the Study Hall (room 227) from 2pm – 6pm with dinner at 5pm. They will show Richard Rohr in a YouTube presentation that highlights the importance of the journey from a False Self to a True Self. He says, “Life is a dance between the true self and the false s… [ Read More ]

Ministry to Elder Sisters

The Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis houses St. Clare Hall, a health care facility for the elder Sisters here in Oldenburg. The Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN are hiring a new Director of Nursing. We are looking for an RN with gerontology and management experience preferred. The job is forty hours per week with ON CALL duties and fl… [ Read More ]

S. Carmen de Barros Scholarship

Every year the Sisters of St. Francis sponsor a scholarship for latinx students who are interested in attending a Catholic high school and would like an opportunity to apply for a scholarship.  Please read below for information.  The attached links below will give you all the information you need regarding the scholarship and application. This scho… [ Read More ]

Woman of Courage

On Thursday, February 6, as quietly as the snow that had just begun to fall, Alice passed from this life into the loving embrace of God.  In the midst of our grief, we celebrate that now there is for her no more fear, no more pain, no more struggle. Alice was born at home in Sunman, Indiana to Frances and Louis Retzner on March 3, 1942.  She wrote… [ Read More ]

A Model of Simplicity

In the stillness of this winter morning, before the first hints of the dawning day, our beloved Sister Francis Assisi Kennedy peacefully breathed her final act of love and surrender and passed into God’s eternal arms at 5:30 a.m.  Though her departure was unexpected, no one doubted that she was led into the radiance of her Beloved.  For those who k… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Gen 2:7-9, 3:1-7
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 51:3-6, 12-13, 17
Second Reading: Rom 5: 12-19
Gospel: Mt 4:1-11

Today’s readings are all about temptation, a familiar force in all of our lives. We all know the story of Adam and Eve and the “Blame Game” we can use when we find ourselves in a similar “fix.” In the Gospel we see Jesus showing us how to handle those struggles when they insert themselves into our daily activities. Psalm 51 reminds us how to pray when we fail.

Generous God, huge in mercy, wipe out my guilt. Help me to always be ready for the sneaky way in which temptation tries to make a home in me. Grace me with an extra amount of your gift of wisdom that I may see the efforts being made by my own selfishness to lead me astray. I trust in Your guidance to be there when I am in need. I place myself in Your gracious hands.  Amen

Amy Kistner, osf