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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Earth Day 2019

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Protect Our Species”.  Every year we are more aware of the connection we as human beings have with every species on the planet.  We acknowledge our responsibility to the planet and all living things.  Rachel Carson stated: “In nature, nothing exists alone”.  The Sisters of St. Francis are dedicated to the miss… [ Read More ]

What Dreams May Come

With the Resurrection on the distant horizon, our Sister Mary Stella Gampfer journeyed to her God to celebrate the Holy Week festivities in a grand style befitting Stella herself. Carolyn entered the stage on February 25, 1938 as the second child of Charles and Rose Mary Gampfer.  She was already introduced to the Sisters of St. Francis when her ol… [ Read More ]

Standing Against Racism

The Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, belong to an organization called LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious).  This national group of women religious is sponsoring a campaign from April 3 – May 15, 2019 to bring the root causes and concerns on the subject of racism to the public’s attention.  Each Wednesday they will post a message to pr… [ Read More ]

Every Day a Surprise

In the final moments of March 29, at 11:25 PM, our Sister Donna DeMange slipped peacefully from her room in St. Clare Hall to the waiting arms of our God. S. Donna appeared close to death while at Mercy West Hospital in January.  At that time, she declared her readiness to move on to heaven. But when her condition improved, Donna chose to return to… [ Read More ]

Women’s Day: Women of Light

On April 6, 2019, the Sisters’ spirituality center, Oldenburg Franciscan Center, will be sponsoring a day of reflection on the dignity and sacredness of all things woman.  It is a day of enlightenment with a keynote address and activities that will feed the body and soul.  The day runs 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the center and includes the following: Key… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

1st Reading: Acts10:34, 37-43
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
2nd Reading: Col: 3:1-4
Gospel: Jn. 20: 1-9

As we see in today readings the deep soul sorrow and pain of the followers of Jesus. Then amazingly something shifts. The brutal death of Jesus is replaced by an empty tomb. Bewildered, Mary of Magdala finds the stone rolled back and leaves the site to get Peter and “the other disciple”. Upon arriving at the empty tomb it is the “other disciple” who went away, believing in the risen Christ. These two men returned to their homes. However, a “weeping” Mary of Magdala returns to the empty tomb. Jesus reveals himself to her. She becomes a witness to Good News announcing it to all the disciples. Jesus is Risen and among us.

Many of us have had really bad news. It may be a death of a love one or a difficult diagnosis, loss of a job, or a family tragedy. It stuns us and life seems very different, hard to reorient ourselves in our daily living. We struggle to adjust to a new reality. One lives in a haze. Then something happens or changes and our world shifts again and we want everyone to rejoice with us in our good news. We want and need to tell the “Good News”. Shout it to mountain tops so relieved and full of surprise and joy we share with all our friends, family and network. We bear witness to good news and celebrate. It is our “Easter” moment.

It is Mary of Magdala who remains and receives the blessing and commission to “go and tell”. Give me the grace to remain steadfast as to be open to receiving blessings in my life. How do I celebrate and share my Easter moments with others? What blessings have I received today?

Rosie Miller, OSF