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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They Ate It Up!

The morning of February 16th brought Associates and Sisters together at the Motherhouse for a delicious breakfast from 8:00 to 10:30. Pancakes, sausage and bacon were the usual fare and scrambled eggs were added to the menu this year. Along with all the home-cooked food, it was a chance for sisters and Associates to enjoy a tasty meal together or r… [ Read More ]

Commemoration of a Modern Day Martyr

This week, we commemorate the death of Sr. Dorothy Stang, “Martyr of the Amazon.”Sr. Dorothy was born in the United States, and a Sister of Notre Dame De Namer.  She moved to live with the poor in rural Brazil. There, she witnessed first-hand ranchers and loggers exploiting farmers and indigenous people, stealing land, cutting down forests, and mur… [ Read More ]

Michaela Farm Launches into a Bright Future

Michaela Farm is a supported ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg.  It is a farm using natural farming practices offering vegetables, fruit, eggs from chickens who are cage free and free range.  They sell honey, nuts, herbs and other local goods.  The farm has undergone major changes in the last few months.  The greenhouse now has a co… [ Read More ]

Prayer to End Human Trafficking

The plight of more people than we want to admit is often in the hands of others with no sense of the value of human beings and their innate freedom to determine their own fates.  With the feast of  St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of kidnapped and trafficked persons, we offer a prayer service and readings to use as you will to bring the evil… [ Read More ]

Why People Immigrate

With all we’ve heard about immigration in the past months the reasons people immigrate from Central America are often lost in the turmoil of the rest of the news.  Here you will find information on why people flee to the United States from Honduras, Guatemala and Salvador as well as the state of those countries at the present time.  Take a moment t… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Jer 17:5-8
Responsorial Psalm: 1:1-4,6
Second Reading: 1 Cor 15:12,16-20
Gospel: Lk 6:17,20-26

Who do you trust? Isn’t it true that on our journey of life we meet people we can count on? We learn pretty quickly who to call upon in our various needs. Yes, “they are like trees planted near running water.” They are mirrors of God in whom we place all our trust.  Jesus promises that we are blessed, will be filled with the presence of God and we will laugh even in the face of that which brings us pain or separation if we but trust in God.  With God we will be able to withstand the worst of times and we will see good triumph over that which is evil or harmful to us individually or as a nation, as a world.  Those “trees” will weather the storm and bear fruit, but we must do our part to bring blessing to those in trouble and summon up the courage to trust others and our God.  In that trust God is tangibly present.

O God, I thank you for the people in my life I can call on when I am in need. I know they are evidence of the trust I can have in you. May I also be a mirror to others of your trust. And, most importantly, May I be worthy of your trust in me. Amen.

Amy Kistner, osf