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 Dignity of All

Recently several Sisters and Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, traveled to Texas to work with the refugees coming over the border into the United States.  They stayed two weeks working with Catholic Charities.  Here is S. Noella Poinsette’s reflection on why she feels called to work with refugees bringing a compassionate presence… [ Read More ]

Welcome to Matthew Landry

Congratulations to Reverend Matthew Landry who made his Associate commitment on May 9th, 2019 at Oldenburg. Matt’s wife  Candace and their three year old son, Zechariah enjoyed a visit through the town of Oldenburg followed by dinner and the signing prayer service at 7:00 pm. Associates and Sisters gathered in the Community Room to celebrate with h… [ Read More ]

To God You Are a Work of Art

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”  This philosophy of 19th century post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh might easily represent our Sister Sandra’s vision as well. The canvas of Sandy’s life began with her birth on May 19, 1942 to Vincent and Doris Schweitzer, residents of Cincinnati’s Northside German parish of St. Boniface.  World… [ Read More ]

National Nursing Week 2019

The Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, want to recognize the nurses and nurses’ aids that minister with the Sisters in St. Clare Hall, the retirement center at the Motherhouse.  Their skill and dedication does not go unnoticed by those who live there, nor by those who work along side them.  The nurses and nurses’ aids bring compassion, skill and mu… [ Read More ]

Hoosier Resilience Hero

S. Claire Whalen, Sister of St. Francis, Oldenburg, was honored during Earth Week by being named a Hoosier Resilience Hero by the Environmental Resilience Institute, a part of Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Changes Grand Challenge Initiative.  The Initiative honored ten heroes who show leadership in working toward making a positive… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First reading: Proverbs 8:22-31
Psalm response: Psalm 8:4-9
Second reading: Romans 5:1-5
Gospel: John 16:12-15

Today’s readings are heartening, reassuring.  In Proverbs we’re told Wisdom has been around even before creation and Wisdom takes delight in us humans.  Our psalm response expresses our incredulity at God’s generous and trusting positioning of humans in the scheme of creation. And in Romans we are “wowed” once again when we hear “…affliction produces endurance, and endurance proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Have we not been gifted, blessed?!!  The indwelling of the triune God is not to be underestimated.  Jesus shares in the Gospel, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot hear it now.” He shares with us, “But when [s]he comes, the Spirit of truth, [s]he will guide you to all truth.”  We have a God that loves us, trusts us, dwells in us and accompanies us; a God who directs us when we are ready and able to receive.  Thanks be to God!

Gracious, gifting God, we are grateful for your trust of us and your reassurance of your love, your presence and your guidance.  When we are in trouble, confused, vulnerable, we know we can count on you.  We know you have our backs when we need you.  Please make us worthy of your trust, open to your Spirit, grateful for your promises and reassurances.

Marj English, OSF