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Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. ~St. Francis of Assisi

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Coffee Talk: Epiphany...............................................................3


Tending the Heart: Seeking Wisdom in our Dreams...............7







Coffee Talk: Noticing Our Guardian Angel..............................4

We are here to help You BE YOUR BEST YOU.

16, 23: Seeking Deeper Wisdom: Tai Chi Chih® .................................14 18: Tending the Heart: Hope in Diversity.........................................8 March ! ! ! ! ! ! 1, 8, 15, 22:

7, 14, 21: Holy Inspirations: Intro to the Mayan Calendar......................10 8, 15, 22: Seeking Deeper Wisdom: Tai Chi Chih®..................................14 11: Coffee Talk: Resurrection ...........................................................4






No matter where you are in life, you will find prayerful support through this beloved ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. Our sisters and staff are prayerful and educated and here to help you encounter what you need right now to fulfill your deepest needs -AWAKENED AND AT ONE WITH GOD.

1: Holy Inspirations: RCIA Retreat: A Call to Discipleship..........10

May! !





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Sometimes that means honoring your spirit with gracious hospitality and the prayer of the Sisters so that you can simply rest and feel God’s presence. Sometimes it means accompanying you on a journey of self-discovery through spiritual direction. Other times it means helping you find healing and growth through our counseling services. And quite often it means feeding your interest in lifelong learning and spiritual growth.

Holy Inspirations: Lenten Series.................................................9

3: Tending the Heart: What Does It Mean to be Salt of Earth?.....8

April! !


As you peruse through our upcoming programs, we invite you to consider how choosing to attend might help you reconnect with God, heal a deep hurt, work through a problem, rise to a challenge, or achieve a new dream...

4: Tending the Heart: Valentine Dinner..........................................7 5:


5: Holy Inspirations: Walking with St. Peter...................................11 10: Care of Creation: Caring for Our Home, Planet Earth................5 17: Care of Creation: Birds & Butterflies ..........................................5

We look forward to seeing you! ~ ! ~ The Sisters and Staff at OFC

19: Women’s Day: Women of Wisdom ..............................................12 20: Holy Inspirations: Praying with Teresa of Ávila.........................11 24: Care of Creation: Energy Savings ................................................5 31: Care of Creation: Herbs & Healing with Hildegard ..................6

June! ! !






7: Care of Creation: Gardening & Lawn Care ................................6

Ongoing Groups: Jung’s Red Book Group; Spiritual Direction Group...............................13 & 14 Grieving Group; Contemplative Prayer Group.......................................15


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OFC COFFEE TALKS Take a Sunday drive to the ‘Burg, attend 9:30 liturgy with the Sisters in the Convent Chapel, and join us afterwards for coffee, donuts, & faith sharing. It’s a great way to spend one Sunday a month, connecting in faith!

~comments from students of St. Mary, Oxford~

Noticing Our Guardian Angel with S. Patty Campbell, OSF (Spiritual Director) Sunday, February 5, 10:45-noon - $ freewill donation

There are many ways to seek God’s help. During this coffee talk, we will search out the presence of angels in our midst. Angels are not only messengers of God but they are also conscious shakers, road runners, and many other presences to us. It is for us to become aware.

Awakening our Spirit

Did you know? The Sisters’ chapel was built in 1890 with beautifully soaring ceilings, pillars, and inspiring stained glass artwork. Masses are celebrated at 11am on weekdays and 9:30am on Sundays. You are welcome to join us in prayer anytime! Convent tours are also available by appointment. Call us!

“Being in the presence of such holy women made me so happy!” “I loved how welcomed we were at church!”


Wise Men & Women Following a Star: Epiphany 1851 Resurrection Mysteries: New Prayers for the Rosary with S. Sharonlu Sheridan, OSF (Educator) Sunday, March 11, 10:45-noon - $ freewill donation

Epiphany tells the story of three wise men from the East who followed a star to find the newborn king of their hopes and dreams. For Sisters of St. Francis, Epiphany is celebrated again in a similar story - that of Mother Theresa Hackelmeier’s arrival in Oldenburg on January 6, 1851 in fulfillment of her hopes and dreams and those of Fr. Francis Rudolph, pastor of Oldenburg. Come hear their miraculous stories and be inspired by these wise and courageous individuals whose hopes, dreams, and faithful journeys founded the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg.

The Resurrection of Jesus is sometimes lost from sight during days of bereavement. We think even less often of the people who were raised from the dead during Jesus’ earthly sojourn. During this session, we will look at other resurrections and see how they can help us understand the passage of our loved ones to the Heavenly Kingdom. These resurrections will be presented as an alternative to other mysteries of the Rosary.

Growing through Grief

Following God’s Call

with S. Rachel West, OSF (Historian and Archivist) Sunday, January 8, 10:45 - noon - $ freewill donation



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CARE OF CREATION Take the St. Francis Pledge! Visit to learn about this important pledge and Pope Benedict’s call for us all to protect the environment and act jointly to care for Earth!

Herbs & Healing with Hildegard

S. Janet Born, OSF (Transition Town Leader) Thurs, May 10, 6:30-8pm - $15 (2 for $25)

with S. Olga Wittekind & S. Myra Peine (Educators) Thursday, May 31, 6:30-8pm - $15 (2 for $25)

Come learn about Pope Benedict’s Ten Commandments for the Environment and how your efforts to care for Earth are sacred. Learn what you can do to heal and protect our planet by taking the St. Francis Pledge. If you are interested but cannot make this evening, let us know! We’ll help you get involved.

Birds and Butterflies

As we care for Creation, we also recognize how Creation cares for us! Come learn some of the valuable insights of Mystic & Healer, Hildegard of Bingen. Hildegard was ahead of her time in discovering medicinal properties and remedies God gives us through many wild growing plants and others we can cultivate in our yards. Come learn how to start your own Healing Garden!


with Wayne Wauligman (Audubon Society) Thursday, May 17, 6:30-8pm - $15 (2 for $25)

Healing with Nature

Following God’s Call

Caring for Our Home, Planet Earth

“We need to make courageous choices that will re-create a strong alliance between man and Earth... We need a decisive ‘yes’ to care for creation and a strong commitment to reverse those trends that risk making the situation of decay irreversible.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI

Cultivating A Garden of Grace

Caring for Creation

Energy Savings with Robert White (Rural Economic Development) Thursday, May 24, 6:30-8pm - $15 (2 for $25) As global natural resources are quickly depleting, it is so very important that we learn new ways to conserve energy. Come learn ways you can help save the environment - and your wallet!


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Gardening offers a multitude of benefits for the earth and the soul. Whether you are a beginning or lifelong gardener, come share an evening of spiritual enrichment as we advance in cultivating gardens of grace in our yards and in our hearts. We will remember that “to cultivate a Garden is to walk with God.” ~ C.N. Bovee

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Nurturing Faith & Creativity

From fields to lawns to flower beds, what attracts birds and butterflies to visit and breed? Come learn how to create a home habitat that is good for the environment and fun to observe!

with S. Bridget Arnold, OSF (Gardener & Educator) Thursday, June 7, 6:30-8pm - $15 (2 for $25)

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“I glean so much from the sharing we do which opens new thoughts within me!” “A whole world opened up for me!”

TENDING THE HEART Nurturing hearts, spirits, and minds on the journey to God. We know we are growing closer to God as we grow closer to one another!

~comments from 2011 program participants~

Give yourself more time to reflect and make a private retreat! Reserve a room when you RSVP for any day program and receive a $5 overnight discount; pay only $40 for a private room or $30 per person to share a room with a friend.

Seeking Wisdom in Our Dreams - Weekend Retreat with S. Olga Wittekind, OSF, PhD (Jungian analyst) Friday, January 13 (7pm) thru Sunday, January 15 (1pm) $125* commuter, $195* shared room, $215* private room *Fee includes program, meals, and materials

Our dreams are messages from God. Dreams open us to our inner lives and can help us grow spiritually. Come with your dreams, a journal, and a spirit of enthusiasm to learn about the archetypal themes in our dreams. As a Jungian analyst, S. Olga will help us understand the concept of alchemy as a metaphor for inner transformation and how working through our dreams can help us advance on the road to individuation - to wholeness.

with Associate Carolyn Meyer and her husband Jim Saturday, February 4, 4-8pm $50 per couple includes a romantic dinner. Mass will be celebrated at the close of the evening.

What Does It Mean to Be the Salt of Earth? with S. Karla Barker, OSF (Spiritual Director) Saturday, March 3, 9-11:30am - $25

Honor this St. Valentine’s Day with a candlelight dinner and a chance to remember that even though you and your spouse work and think as two people, you embrace your dreams together as one. Carolyn and Jim will offer a light-hearted view about their 31 years of marriage and the things that have brought them together and challenged them to grow. Come celebrate Love with humor and faith and nourish your most precious relationship!


Our personality characteristics create diversity in our world. Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) we will learn how our choices bring gifts to our spouses, friends, and coworkers. In learning to pray with an awareness of our differing personality types, we can awaken to new possibilities for personal growth! We can understand ourselves better, appreciate others more fully, and strengthen our relationship with God.

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Scripture tells us “We are the salt of Earth.” How do we savor and at the same time add zest and excitement to the life we’ve been given? Do we share our distinctive flavor so that others may relish our gentleness, creativity and love of Earth? Come learn to recognize and share more of your ‘saltiness’!

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Nurturing Faith & Relationships

Be My Valentine Dinner: Love and Marriage

with S. Olga Wittekind, OSF, PhD (Jungian analyst) Saturday, Feb 18, 9:30am-2:30pm - $45 includes lunch Strengthening Relationships .

Following God’s Call

Hope in Diversity

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HOLY INSPIRATIONS This insightful series offers studies of both scripture and the lives of holy men and women whose stories can inspire us on our journeys to God.

Lenten Series: Four Contemporary Stories of Discovering One’s Way with S. Barbara Leonhard, OSF (Theologian & Spiritual Director) 4 Thursdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 6:30-8pm $15 per session or 2 for $25

Have you ever considered spiritual direction? The strength that comes from sharing your faith and hopes with a spiritual director can lift your soul to greater union with God. It can be especially helpful in times of discernment, transition, and change! Call 812-933-6437 to schedule an introductory meeting!

Introduction to the Mayan Calendar

During this Lenten series, we will look to four very real people who were drawn to discover and re-discover what discipleship was calling them to do. Hearing their stories and the questions that would not let them go can prompt us to listen more closely to the call of discipleship in our own lives.

March 8: Edith Stein - A Jewish teacher, scholar, and mystic who became a Catholic and entered a Carmelite monastery. She died in Auschwitz in 1942.

March 22: Jean Vanier - Canadian founder of L’Arche Communities who has dedicated his life energies to creating homes and sharing life with those with developmental disabilities.


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RCIA Retreat: A Call to Discipleship with S. Barbara Leonhard, OSF (Theologian/Spiritual Director) Sunday, April 1, 1-5:30pm - $45 includes a light supper

Come with your sponsors and/or spouses for a special time of prayer and reflection as you enter into Holy Week. This afternoon of retreat offers the space to reflect upon the last days of Jesus’ life as a model for Christian discipleship. This is an opportunity to consider and to name for oneself what being a member of the Church means for you. Presentation on the themes of Holy Week, time for personal reflection and prayer together will be part of the day.

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Following God’s Call .

March 15: Thomas Kelly - A Quaker teacher and seeker who discovered a mystical depth within himself and set about drawing others to their own spiritual depths.


March 1: Howard Thurman - A black minister, teacher, and mystic who established the first radically integrated intercultural church in the United States.

Learn about this prophetic sacred calendar and its message for our time. Avoid the consumer hype about doomsday predictions for 2012 and be amazed at the wisdom of ancient cultures and their intimate connection with all Creation.


Following God’s Call

with S. Claire Whalen, OSF (Educator & Deep Ecologist) Wednesday, March 7, 14, 21, 7-8:30pm - $15 or 2 for $25

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HOLY INSPIRATIONS (Continued) Getting acquainted with the lives of saints can be rewarding and fun! If you’ve ever been curious about these seemingly elusive figures, be sure to join us to learn how accessible they really are!

Women’s Day: Women of Wisdom Keynote speaker: S. Olga Wittekind, OSF (Counselor) Breakout sessions: S. Norma Rocklage (Educator) S. Patty Campbell (Pastoral Minister) Saturday, May 19, 9am-3:30pm $45 includes lunch

Walking with St. Peter

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with S. Millie Speed, OSF (Pastoral Minister) Saturday, May 5, 9:30am-2:30pm - $45 includes lunch St. Peter: fisherman, listener, follower, husband, seeker, and questioner. Forthright, he is not the most popular saint listed for personal devotion, but he can be a true inspiration for our spiritual journeys. Using just a snippet from the gospel of John and the writings of Luke we will deepen our acquaintance with Peter.

Praying with Teresa of Ávila Nurturing Faith & Prayer

with S. Kathleen Mulso, OSF (Pastoral Minister) Sunday, May 20, 1-3pm - $25 Join us for a presentation on St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle, and renew your prayer life through her wonderful analogy of the soul as it moves closer to union with God.! Did you know St. Teresa is one of only three women ever bestowed the title of Doctor of the Church for her contributions to prayer? According to Teresa, as the soul progresses, it moves through the various mansions to a central chamber where God resides. It is significant to recognize the gifts of the Spiritual Life that Teresa knew and shared!


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Wisdom Is Our Inner Light. Using some of the beautiful and inspiring passages from the Book of Wisdom in scripture, we will explore our call to be Women of Wisdom. It is in awakening the wisdom of our hearts that we transform our lives and grow in peace! Becoming Sophia: Sophia is the Greek term for Wisdom. Sister Norma will guide us in a presentation of how this feminine energy and spirit of God nurtures us as women as we grow one-in-being with this light of God that transforms the world through our touch. Choosing To Be Blessed: Life Art reproduced with permission by: presents many challenges. It is our attitude that determines how well we thrive! In this session, Sister Patty will guide us in thought and prayerful suggestions for maintaining a sense of wellbeing even when life brings us stress. Wisdom finds us blessed!

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“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung

Sister Olga Wittekind is teaming up with Claire Sherman to host a special series on the individuation process: growing into wholeness with God. Come explore the fascinating treasure of Jung’s work!

Jung’s Red Book Seminar: Integrating Jung’s Theory of the Self

T'ai Chi Chih® with S. Claire Whalen (certified T’ai Chi instructor) Thursdays: February 16, 23, March 8, 15, 22, 7-8:30pm $15 per session or $65 for the whole series

Enhance your well being! T’ai Chi Chih® is a series of 19 movements created by Justin Stone in the mid 1970s. The slow continuous movements help to maintain balance, harmony and peace in the midst of our daily lives. When practiced regularly, the benefits reduce stress levels, expand creativity, and enhance our well-being.

This series is particularly well geared for counselors, spiritual directors, and spiritual seekers who wish to deepen their understanding of Jungian psychology for personal growth. If you are interested in one or all of the topics, please call Annette at 812-933-6437. Classes will begin in the Spring!


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Group Spiritual Direction with S. Janet Born Dates/times TBD. Call if interested! - $15 per session Group spiritual direction provides an opportunity for individuals with a deep desire to live God centered lives to find strength in joining with others who seek to do the same. This is a time for scripture-centered meditation, personal reflection, and mutual support. We will share our personal experiences and help each other reflect prayerfully upon God’s presence and movement in our lives.

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Awakening our Spirit .

Using Jung’s Red Book (his journal), we will study the following topics, each in separate full-day seminars: (1) Jung’s understanding of the unconscious, (2) the shadow, (3) the individuation process, (4) the transcendent function, (5) the significance of dreams, (6) the alchemical process as a metaphor for our spiritual growth.

Healing Movement .

Healing into Wholeness with God

co-facilitated by S. Olga Wittekind, PhD (Jungian analyst) and Claire Sherman, PhD (clinical psychologist) Dates/times TBD. CEUs may apply. Call if interested! $45 per session or $250 for the series (includes lunches)

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What guests say they love most about OFC: “The surrounding beauty of God’s creation!” “Learning new things about myself!” “This truly feels like Holy Ground!” “Quiet, clean, homelike comfort” “The beautiful chapels.” “The peaceful spirit.”

Grieving our Losses - Ongoing Support Group with S. Olga Wittekind, OSF, PhD Times TBD according to each group

$ 15 per session

According to each group’s needs, we will meet once a month or once a week to share our losses in a trusting, spiritual setting. Our facilitator will share the grieving process and help us understand how the various stages are experienced uniquely in each of our lives. Through a process of reflection, sharing and mutual support, we will draw deeper into our spiritual selves and the Hope that God holds out to us. New groups are forming! Call 812-933-6437!

Let us know how we can serve you!! We can organize and present programs and private retreats specifically for your groups in the following areas (and possibly others - just ask!): • • • • • • •

Scripture, theology, biblical wisdom Saints and holy men & women Sacraments and catechism Follow up support for RCIA, CHRP, Emmaus & more Dream workshops and Jungian psychology Healing with journaling, art, and prayer Counseling and pastoral support for caregivers & more.

Contemplative Prayer - Ongoing Prayer Group with S. Olga Wittekind, OSF, PhD

Save the Date! 2012 Franciscan Retreat

Times TBD according to each group

!"#"$%&'%(&)&*+%(,&-+*- - Celebrating 800 Years of Inspiration

$ 15 per session

Modern contemplatives like Thomas Merton and Thomas Keating offer much from their own experiences to help us advance our own prayer lives into the heart of God. In this series, we will explore Thomas Keating’s guided DVD series, practice contemplative prayer, share God’s movement in our lives, and reflect on our experiences through the process. Come explore a new way of prayer, or come deepen your current contemplative prayer life, guided in community. New groups are forming! Call 812-933-6437!

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Clare of Assisi: A Woman Weaving a Dream

Clare of Assisi is a woman of her times and a woman of our times. She spent forty years weaving a dream that has endured as well as inspired women and men over eight centuries. Who is this woman? What does this medieval woman say to me in my 21st century life? Why does the dream endure? During this retreat we will answer these questions and allow Clare of Assisi to walk out of the pages of history into our world. There will be presentations, quiet time and ritual celebrations during our time together.

Following God’s Call .

Nurturing Faith & Prayer

Growing through Grief


Joining in community with others who share similar experiences, interests or hopes for spiritual growth can be very healing and rewarding! Together, we awaken to God’s Love!

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“Peace I leave you; My peace I give you; Not as the world gives do I give to you.” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - John 14:27

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Private Retreats for Individuals or Groups can be a time for reflecting, rejoicing, recovering, rediscovering, replenishing, redirecting, re-centering... and resting.! With technology that keeps us connected to the demands upon us (and temptations before us), it is often difficult to give ourselves time to just Be...

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“Be still and know that I am God.” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Psalm 46:10


It’s in the calming of our hearts that we find God.! That’s what we’re inviting you to do.! Pause for a day, a weekend, or a week.! Turn off your cellphone and give yourself permission to meet quiet again.!! Walk our grounds and our beautiful town, visit our chapel, meet with a spiritual director, walk the labyrinth, play the piano, peruse our library, wander the wooded trails at Michaela Farm, paint a picture, write a poem, or find a quiet bench to enjoy nature and watch the clouds shift form.! What you do with your time is up to you, with as much or as little guidance from us as you would like.



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OFC 2012 Winter & Spring Programs  

2012 Winter/Spring Catalog of programs and events at Oldenburg Franciscan Center.

OFC 2012 Winter & Spring Programs  

2012 Winter/Spring Catalog of programs and events at Oldenburg Franciscan Center.