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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Reflection in the Season of Advent

As we enter the second week of Advent we invite you to reflect on the following quote from the twenty first chapter of Jeremiah, verse 13 as we prepare the way of the Lord. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

Michaela Farm Under the Spires

Saturday, December 1, 2018 marks the celebration of the Village of Oldenburg in Southeastern Indiana called “Under the Spires”.  Join Michaela Farm, one of the Sisters’ supported ministries right on the edge of Oldenburg, in joining in this festive day!  The farm store will be open and we have shelled and unshelled pecans, shelled English and black… [ Read More ]

Walking Toward Hope

With all the conflict and confusion over immigration these days it is important to remember that prayer can be helpful not only for people looking for safety, but for those working with them and those of us far from the borders of our country.  The Interfaith Immigration Coalition has prepared an Advent and Epiphany Devotional that you may find ins… [ Read More ]

A Season of Gratitude

We, the Oldenburg Sisters and Associates, thank you for your support in helping us in our ministry to live out the gospel of Jesus in the twenty-first century.  We appreciate your help, your volunteering, your unflagging enthusiasm and your joining us in making the love of God real in the world today. Such a calling cannot be done in isolation and… [ Read More ]

Oldenburg Holidays Under the Spires

On December 1, 2018 the town of Oldenburg celebrates its unique take on the holidays.  Come join the town and the Sisters in the pure joy of the season.  The shops and restaurants will be open for business with one-of-a-kind gifts with a German flair.  Soak up the atmosphere and come to the Motherhouse for our cookie walk; visit our chapel for the… [ Read More ]

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Our Weekly Reflection

1st Reading: Bar. 5: 1-9
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 126: 1-6
Second Reading: Phil. 1: 4-6, 8-11
Gospel: Lk. 3: 1-6

When I was younger I used to love hiking–climbing trails up steep slopes overlooking beautiful vistas and down rocky ravines with ominous names like the Devil’s Punch bowl. I would go slow and watch my step.  Now that I am more mature, I much prefer walking in city parks and on bicycle trails where I can maintain a steady pace and don’t have to watch my feet so much.  There is a reason nobody runs a marathon through mountain trails.  We can move faster and farther on a path that has been made smooth for us.

In the Gospel reading John the Baptist cries out that repentance is the way to make a straight path for our Lord–to make the hills low and the valleys level.  Jesus comes to us and we must prepare the way for him.

Are there mountains of our own making?  Have we sunk into ravines that we can’t see beyond?  Thanks to God that we have been baptized not only for repentance but with fire and the Holy Spirit.  It is grace, especially the graces received in confession and Eucharist, that makes the path smooth and enables us to move farther and faster to get home to the heavenly Jerusalem and to Jesus.

Remember the cry of the Baptist.  Live these days of Advent in the faith that our pathways will be made straight and the hills and valleys will be made smooth.  Remember once again the celebration of Jesus’ coming–the one John announced with joy.  We see the salvation and compassion of our God here among us.  Remember the call, and ask for the grace to be one of the ones who makes the paths straight for those who need to here the message of God’s coming once again.

 God, who comes to us in these days, help us to remember not only to live in penance but also to imitate the Baptist and proclaim his message to all so that together we can all make it home. Help us rejoice that Jesus is coming in these days and help us prepare his way once again.  May we make straight the paths and proclaim the Good News so that all people will know the salvation and love of our God.

Joan Caldwell, Associate