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

Holidays Under the Spires

Every year for the past 17 years the town of Oldenburg has celebrated the coming of the holidays surrounding Christmas.  Join in the festivities on December 7, 2019 and tour the unique shops, restaurants, choral performances and activities happening throughout the day and evening.  The Boar’s Head Festival is held in Holy Family Church in the heart… [ Read More ]

Michaela Farm in the Holiday Spirit

Michaela Farm is a ministry of the Sisters and produces naturally farmed produce and eggs for the local communities.  We have caught the holiday spirit and planned ahead so we have fresh lettuce and carrots and shelled pecans right now in the farm store!  Come and walk the farm in this crisp weather and stop at the farm store all decked out for the… [ Read More ]

Have You Ever Thought About…

Latest updates! We had two women participate in the Come & Just Be. One has already turned in her paperwork for the discernment process, Hannah Houser, and the other asked for paperwork to begin the discernment process. Please keep these two women in your prayers. The “Meet & Greet the Sisters” at Marian University was a huge success. 25 st… [ Read More ]

A Holiday Vision of Oldenburg circa 1951

Every once in a while we uncover a gem in the archives department. Here is one of them describing the town of Oldenburg, IN in 1951.  Although Oldenburg has moved into the 21st century the exterior of the town and convent look much the same today.  We thought you might enjoy this article from a newspaper in the fifties by Joe Adams. With a simple f… [ Read More ]

With Gratitude

The Sisters and Associates of St. Francis give thanks today for all of the graces and blessings God has bestowed on us.  You are our greatest blessing.  Because of your love and support in myriad ways we are who we are and are able to minister as compassionate women of God for 168 years starting in the village of Oldenburg, Indiana. We ask God’s bl… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm Response: Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Second Reading: Romans 15: 4-9
Gospel: Matthew 3: 1-12

How long must we wait O, Lord?  How long before the lion lies down with the lamb or we come to know peace in our land? This is what we are called to this second week of Advent in 2019.  It is up to us to come into the silence of these days in stealing moments of calm and remembering the promise of Isaiah.  There will be a day when we will know, truly know, that all creation is called to embrace the God within and see each other as we always have been: loved by a God of compassion and mercy.  This God calls deep within us to acknowledge the worth of every being whether known to us or not.  This God beckons us to act justly and compassionately toward  people and creation.  We can be dedicated to social justice causes, to the earth and her well-being, but in it we are called to honor all and love all as much as God loves us.

This is a steep challenge; a sobering one.  We are called to be in harmony with one another as Paul states in Romans for we are all glorious creations of God Creator.  We glorify God in this way; we do Goes will in this way because that way becomes our way.  It isn’t easy with all the holiday rhetoric and hype, but we must remember even in the everydayness we can see glimpses of that equality, that love and act kindly toward one another.  In those acts, thoughts and prayers we become God’s thoughts, acts and prayers.  In so doing we are baptized in Spirit and calmed enough, silent enough, to welcome God into us to become one of us…Emmanuel.

Michelle Corliss, osf