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Our Founders
Marian University
Our Founders 

(used with permission from the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg)

Mission Statement of the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg, the founders of Marian University:

"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.

Oldenburg Franciscan Council
Sr. Christa Franzer, Sr. Bernice Stenger, Sr. Barbara Piller, Sr. Miriam Kaeser, and Sr. Margaret Maher

Marian University celebrates its Franciscan heritage

History of the College Seal

The San Damiano Cross

The Early Years at Marian College

The Royal Hapsburg Family