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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Feeding Body and Soul

Today, March 14, is National Ag Day and the theme is Agriculture: Food for Life.  This day celebrates and gives thanks for the hard work of American farmers.  They provide food, sustenance, fiber, fuel and much more.  The Sisters of St. Francis, in Oldenburg Indiana, give thanks for being part of the backbone of America today.  Michaela Farm, a sma… [ Read More ]

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women make up half the population in the United States and throughout the world.  History is filled with stories about the contribution of women in science, medicine, society, etc. Often these stories are overlooked or overshadowed by others who take the limelight.  The month of March has been set aside to honor women’s vital presence and contribut… [ Read More ]

Celebrating Catholic Sisters’ Week

March 8 -14, 2019 is Catholic Sisters’ Week.  There are thousands of Catholic Sisters who are involved in a wide variety of ministries ranging from teaching, nursing, social service and everything in between. This week calls attention to Sisters in the Catholic Church of which the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, are a part.  The Sisters… [ Read More ]

MSD Movement in Perspective

What happened at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas School a little over a year ago has changed the face of how America sees the face of gun control, how violence in schools has become a household subject, and how teenagers can rally around a cause.  Much talk has occurred, but we forget how long it takes to enact change in our society.  The students of MSD… [ Read More ]

Share the Connection

The Associate Office is sponsoring a “Share the Connection” prayer day with the theme of Listening vs. Seeing. The concept of “looking versus seeing” is very similar to the concept of listening versus hearing. “Just as hearing is not something that just occurs, seeing is not something that just happens. A conscious decision must be made.” Julianne… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading:  Gn 15: 5-12, 17-18
Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 27:1, 7-9, 13-14
Second Reading:  Phil 3:17-4:1
Gospel:  Lk 9:28-36

We learn from the Old Testament that God made promises to his people.  In today’s first reading, God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, and that the land from Egypt to the Euphrates River would be given to him and the people.  These promises came to fruition.  In Luke, through the Transfiguration, we behold the Lord’s glory—a manifestation of the glory to come, for us, as promised by God.  We are also reminded by Paul that our citizenship is in heaven.  Thus we are to stand firm in the faith, as Abraham did, as we await the fulfillment of God’s promises to us.  God kept his promises in the past, and will keep his promises in the age to come.  What promises has God made to me?  How well am I standing firm in faith, awaiting their fulfillment?

Dear Lord, you are the fulfillment of our hearts’ desire.  Guide us and strengthen us in faith as we await the day when your promised salvation is manifested.  May the glory of your Transfiguration give us renewed hope of our eternal citizenship in heaven.  Help us to trust your Word and the fullness of your love.  We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

April J. Boyle, Associate