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.

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Update: Sunday Liturgies

Until renovations are completed in our chapel, Sunday liturgies will be held in the Upper Room in the convent.  Guides will be at the ramp door to direct the way. Thank you.

Winter Activity at Michaela Farm

It may be winter all around us, but at Michaela Farm there is plenty of activity.  We may not be plowing or harvesting, but winter is a time of sprucing up the place and making needed repairs now that there is a little breathing space. As we move deeper into the winter here at the Farm, we are moving ahead with normal work and repairs.  Life here i… [ Read More ]

Students Experience Las Posadas

Noella Poinsette, Justice and Peace Coordinator, helped the students of Oldenburg Academy (located next to the Sisters’ Motherhouse in Oldenburg) experience what it’s like to be rejected when seeking shelter as Mary and Joseph when they were looking for lodging as in the Christmas story with which we are all familiar.  The four freshman religion cl… [ Read More ]

A Desire to Follow the Way

As we were looking forward to celebrating our Founding Day, S. Helen Eckrich passed quietly from this life to eternal life with her loving God. We can imagine Mother Theresa welcoming her not only because it was our Founding Day, but also because it was Helen’s feast day. Helen was born at home in Wilmington, Delaware, to Matthew and Margaret Eckri… [ Read More ]

National Migration Week 2020

U.S. Catholic Church Stands in Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees Observation of National Migration Week: January 5-11, 2020 The following article is taken from the USCCB website quoting Pope Francis’ recent statement of immigration.  We print it here to state why this week is set aside to bring attention to the needs of immigrants world over…. [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Isaiah  8:23 – 9:3
Psalm Response: Psalm  27:1-4. 13-14
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians: 1:10-13, 17
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. (Isaiah)
The Lord is my light and my salvation. (Psalm)
I urrge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, Is Christ divided? (1Corinthians)
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew)

After reflecting on today’s readings, I thought it might be interesting to select one line from each reading and set them side by side to see what the scriptures might be saying.  There is definitely a correlation to light, if we are to see and experience the presence of God we need to look with our eyes open wide for it is in the light that we will find God.  In order to be present, and in this light, we must work at being accepting of one another; Christ is not divided nor should we be. When we have come to experience Christ in the light, and we are accepting of one another, God invites us to be messengers of God’s word.

Do you find yourself to be more of a positive person (light) or are you more negative (darkness)? Are you open and honest in your relationships with others or do you hold grudges and keep the truth hidden?  How might God be calling you to be a messenger of God’s word?

God of light you illumine the darkness so we may see your presence in everyone we meet throughout the day.  May we be open to and accepting of others no matter the circumstance so we may also be a light of your word of compassion and love.  Be with us here and all over the world that your light may spread into all hearts bringing hope not division, light not darkness.  May we be strengthened in you and share that strength with others. Amen.

Jane Schaefer, Associate