(Photo taken by Geri Dietz, Franciscan Associate Office, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, Minnesota.)
The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls were recognized on Wednesday, April 8, in a celebration entitled, Celebrate the Sisters, held at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. The sisters were honored by their Franciscan Associates, employees, volunteers, supporters, friends and family. To add to the celebration, choirs from Mary of Lourdes Elementary and Middle School, along with the choir from Holy Family Parish, Little Falls where the sisters once served, participated in the event. Together, these individuals gathered to give thanks, sing and offer support and prayers to the sisters and all those who live the consecrated life. The service ended with all the participants blessing the sisters, priests, brothers and deacons in attendance. (Photo: Sisters Bernice Rieland, Maurita Niedzielski and Janice Welle [center—seated] receive this special blessing.) Celebrate the Sisters was a joyous occasion acknowledging Pope Francis’ Year of Consecrated Life.