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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Sunset Sharing

On November 7, 2019 the Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis are celebrating the beauty of Autumn evenings by gathering for prayer and fellowship.  The evening is open to Associates, Sisters and Prospective Associates and will be in Room 226 in the Motherhouse from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Please place your reservation by November 1 by calling 812-933-64… [ Read More ]


At 10 o’clock Sunday morning, October 6, Sister Francis Joan Clements gently released her spirit into oneness with God.  Just moments before, those of us in chapel heard the words of the first reading, “Stir into flame the gift of God that you have been given” (2 Tm 1:6). Francis Joan had spent her life stirring her gifts into flame and generously… [ Read More ]

Remember in Joy

The Associates of the Sisters of St. Francis are offering a time to remember and a time to celebrate those living and deceased persons special to you.  There will be a prayer service devoted to that purpose in the Motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg, IN on November 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM.  A tribute by name will be held during a prayer service of remembran… [ Read More ]

The Best

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord will award to me. . .”  – 2 Timothy 4: 7-8 Just a few hours after our October 4 feast day celebration, our Franciscan “race enthusiast” journeyed toward her own finish line, with victory in sight. R… [ Read More ]

Being a Peace-Presence

The Sisters and Associates of St. Francis, Oldenburg, celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th.  This is a time of great celebration, but also one of reflection on our mission as peace-makers with all people and all creation.  The following is a letter from our Congregational Minister, S. Christ Franzer, with words of peace and c… [ Read More ]

Pray With Us

Our Weekly Reflection

First Reading: Exodus 17: 8-13
Psalm Response: Psalm 121: 1-8
Second Reading: 2Timothy: 3:14-4:2
Gospel: Luke 17: 5-10

The readings for this Sunday show us how God hears us and encourages our growing faith and spirituality.  God uses Aaron and Hur who physically support and uplift Moses to encourage the Israelites.  God uses Paul to instruct Timothy to grow in faith through knowing the scriptures and continuing to preach the Gospel to God’s people by patience, teaching, convincing and so on.

However, in the parable of the Persistent Widow, God shows us how to be in right relationship with God. The purpose of the parable is to encourage us to persevere in relationship with God and trust God can even work through corruption, abuses of power and dysfunctional systems.

In Biblical times, as now, a judge was expected to be fair and honest – to do justice. Judges hold tremendous power over the lives of people who appear before them in court. Most modern judges run a pretty tight ship where respect and order are valued. Knowing the preferences and protocols of each individual judge is crucial for survival of those within the justice system.

Yet, the judge in the parable is corrupt. He is not only incompetent and unqualified for the job, but has no compassion and admits it.  Justice was not being served in his court.   A needy widow repeatedly comes before this judge to plead her case probably outside of the protocols of her time.  According to Jewish law, widows deserve special protection under the justice system. But this unjust judge ignores her. Nevertheless, she refuses to give up. She is determined to have her day in court and to get what she deserves as a widow. When the widow is finished with this corrupt judge, justice will be served!

Eventually, the judge says to himself, “I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!” The widow gets the justice she was seeking. Then Jesus explains: if an uncaring, unfit, ungodly judge answers with justice in the end, how much more will a loving God give what is right to God’s children?

Being in relationship with God means spending time talking to God through prayer. Prayer is more than simply asking for results. When we pray expecting an immediate result, we are acting as if God is like the unjust judge in the parable. “Give me what I deserve, we pray.  Perhaps if I ask enough, I will wear out God’s patience and get what I want.”  But, prayer is more than that. It is a relationship, a way of being with God and a way of talking to, listening to and being with God. The parable of the persistent widow shows us that our relationship with God requires us to be faithful and to persist in quieting ourselves and opening ourselves up to our loving, compassionate God.  We enter into a space where we fully expect God to answer, perhaps not in the way we want, but trusting God will answer. God expects us to keep on asking, seeking, knocking, and praying until the answers come (Matthew 7:7–8) ever mindful that God is heard as much in the whisper as in the thundering storm. God expects us to be persistent.

Chris Wesselman, Associate