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

Navajo Mission of St. Mary’s Receives Mural

Chriss Murphy, of Trinity Artistic Creations Expressions, created this mural in celebration of St. Mary Mission’s 100th Anniversary in 2020 where S. Pat Bietsch and S. Marlene Kochert minister in New Mexico. In Chriss’ own words she describes why she created the mural.  “Here is the finished mural that I’ve been blessed to create at St. Mary Missio… [ Read More ]

S. Claire’s Ministry focuses on Care of Creation

S. Claire Whalen, osf has discovered a ministry in Indiana that saves energy, helps our planet and serves the future needs of local communities and homeowners. She is deeply involved with the statewide solarizing program to offer information sessions and incentives for homeowners and businesses to consider using solar energy to reduce their carbon… [ Read More ]

New Leadership Team Begins Ministry

As of July 1, 2018, the Sisters of St. Francis welcome a new leadership team to ministry for the term 2018-2024.  The Sisters were elected at the Sisters’ Chapter of Elections on April 15, 2018.  (Left to Right) They are S. Annette Grisley, S. Christa Franzer, S. Barbara Leonhard and S. Delouise Menges. S. Christa Franzer will lead the Community as… [ Read More ]

Francis and the Sultan/Franciscan Federation

Some of us returned recently from the Franciscan Federation Gathering in Buffalo, New York.  The topic this year was Franciscans and Muslims: Lessons from the Past and Prospects for the Future.  The speakers were Franciscan Sister Kathy Warren and Franciscan Father Michael Calabria.  Following is an article from the Global Sisters Report written by… [ Read More ]

S. Lavonne Long “Gave a Little Extra”

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in    our life, or in the life of another.”     Helen Keller… Having done the best she could for ninety-six years, Sister Lavonne Long died peacefully on the morning of June 15, 2018. The third child of David and Nora (Mullins) Long, Lavonne grew up in Rushville, Indiana. After gr… [ Read More ]

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Our Weekly Reflection

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Amos 7: 12-15
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 85: 9-14
Second Reading: Ephesians 1: 3-14
Gospel: Mark 6: 7-13

Reflection for July 15, 2018
Today’s readings speak to us about our call to evangelize, bringing the Gospel to others by making Christ present.  Sometimes we are not welcome because the message of the Gospel makes others feel uncomfortable.  In today’s world, sometimes the Gospel seems so foreign to the thinking and actions of those around us, especially those in positions of authority.  Each of us has been chosen and called to make the will of God known.  We are sent into the world to make the all-embracing love of Christ known to others, especially those who take away the value, dignity, and worth of others.  Even when the message of the Gospel is not accepted, we do not give up – shake the dust from our feet and continue the work of evangelization!  For as we hear in the Psalm:

Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.

God of justice and peace, we pray that we may be living witnesses to your Word in all that we do.  Help me to continually renew myself so that I may have the energy and the vision to respond to the needs of the church and World.  Grant me the courage and strength to respond to the daily call to conversion of heart that the Gospel demands of me so I may say yes to Jesus’ call to discipleship every day.

Br. Joseph Back, OSF (Associate)