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"The form of life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis is this: to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."

-Third Order Regular Rule

About Us

The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, is a Roman Catholic congregation of religious women of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi. We dedicate ourselves to living joyfully through the Franciscan values of conversion, contemplation, poverty, and minority.

We are committed to a life of prayer, simple living, and service to those in need. We are dedicated to promoting human rights, building community wherever we live, and healing the sources of Mother Earth's wounds.

Located in the heartland of Minnesota, USA, we number 129 sisters and are joined by over 260 associates. While the majority of our sisters live and minister in Minnesota, some of us minister in Arizona, California, Illinois, Mississippi, Texas, Wisconsin, Ecuador and Mexico. Our associates are from across the nation as well as from Ecuador, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. 


Living the Gospel courageously...with energy, spirit, peace.



Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls 'Wordle'



In preparation for our 2011 Delegate Assembly, a meeting held once every five years, the entire community of sisters and associates engaged in a process where they were asked to name "Dreams to be Pursued" in the future. After discussion about these dreams at the Delegate Assembly, we expressed the energy and spirit coming from the 2011 Delegate Assembly in a Wordle. 

What is a Wordle? The Wordle is a computer program designed to generate "word clouds" from text that is inserted into the program. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Our "word cloud" brought to the fore those words that were mentioned most often and which had greatest importance for the community.



Our Ministries Include





Spiritual Direction
Retreat Facilitation
Justice and Peace Ministry
Care of Creation
ESL Tutoring


Building Community and Relationships

Parish Ministry
Music and the Arts
Gift Planning and Development
Home Care

Nurse Companion
Hispanic Ministry
Youth Ministry
International Mission
Massage Therapy
Organic Garden
Migrant / Border Ministry

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Find Us:

116 8th Avenue SE
Little Falls, Minnesota



(320) 632-2981

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The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, is a community of Catholic women religious who follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, walking in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. We believe that the living of a poor, simple and prayerful community life is a ministry of presence and witness. Our doors are open to the public to celebrate Mass in Sacred Heart Chapel and to benefit from the St. Francis Music Center and St. Francis Health & Recreation Center. We welcome those who wish to join us as sisters, associates, volunteers, transfer sisters, friends and donors.


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