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.



165 Years of Service


Check out the new features of the History section (above left tab) to celebrate our 165th Anniversary.  You'll find a timeline of interesting milestones and people in our lives as well as a monthly article dealing with themed events in our history.  These new areas of the History section will change monthly so tune in to learn who we are and what we do.

Click the following links to read a letter from the Governor of Indiana regarding our anniversary and the proclamation regarding our celebration from the Town Council of Oldenburg.

165th Anniversary Sisters of St Francis - Letter from Mike Pence

Oldenburg Proclamation  

S. Marya Grathwohl, OSF

Pope Francis shakes hands with St. Francis Sister Marya Grathwohl, executive director of the U.S.-based Earth Hope ministry, after his morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican January 21.  Also pictured is St. Joseph Sister Helen Prejean, sho has worked in prison ministry and against the death penalty for decades. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

An additional story about S. Helen Prejean and her ministry can be found here.


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Sisters of St. Francis
PO Box 100 Oldenburg, IN 47036