Everywhere and in each place and in every season and each day, may we have a true and humble faith. 

Meet the Sisters


Sister Carmen Barsody

Sister Carmen Barsody

Hometown: Elk River, MN

Joined Community: August 19, 1984

Ministry: Faithful Fools Street Ministry, San Francisco, CA


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Sister Louise Bauer

Sister Louise Bauer

Hometown: Rockville, MN

Joined Community: May 31, 1967

Ministry: Pastoral care in a 260-bed nursing home in New Hope, MN.


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Sister Betty Berger

Sister Betty Berger

Hometown: Morris, MN

Joined Community: July 31, 1961

Ministry: Tutors adult immigrants from all over the world as they learn English. She is also the spiritual assistant for a lay Franciscan fraternity.


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Sister Ardis Cloutier

Sister Ardis Cloutier

Hometown: Turton, SD

Joined Community: August 12, 1948

Ministry: Executive assistant for Father Thomas McCarthy, O.S.A., Vocation director for the Chicago and Villanova, Penn., Augustinian Provinces 


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Sister Anne Furnstahl

Sister Anne Furnstahl

Hometown: Randall, MN

Joined Community: August 12, 1948

Ministry: Director of Alter Bread Department


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Sister Charlene (Char) Grossman

Hometown: Chokio, MN

Joined Community: May 31, 1967

Ministry: State Operated Services at Community Addiction Recovery Enterprise in Fergus Falls


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Sister Gloria Haider

Sister Gloria Haider

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Joined Community: December 19, 1993

Ministry: Assistant English teacher at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, MN


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Sister Mary Jeremy Hein

Sister Mary Jeremy Hein

Hometown: Robbinsdale, MN

Joined Community: July 31, 1961

Ministry: Volunteers to help those with memory loss through Lyngblomsten’s Home and Community-Based Services in St. Paul.


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Sister Joanne Heim

Sister Joanne Heim

Hometown: St. Cloud, MN

Joined Community: July 31, 1959

Ministry: Ministers as a chaplain in the trauma center at St. Cloud Hospital.


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Sister Phyllis Hennek

Sister Phyllis Hennek

Hometown: Sauk Rapids, MN

Joined Community: July 31, 1952

Ministry: Coordinator of the Transportation Department on campus.


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Sister Cordy Korkowski

Sister Cordy Korkowski

Hometown: Brandon, MN

Joined Community: July 31, 1957

Ministry: Director of Donor Relations, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, MN


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Sr. Ange Mayers

Sister Ange Mayers

Hometown: New Munich, MN

Joined Community: April 5, 1969

Ministry: Ministry of presence in Monterrey, Mexico  


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Sister Tonie Rausch

Sister Tonie Rausch

Hometown: Big Stone City, SD

Joined Community: August 12, 1949

Ministry: Immigrant and Refugee Ministry


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Sister Marie Theis

Sister Bernice Rieland

Hometown: Elrosa, MN

Joined Community: July 31, 1960

Ministry: Secretary at St. Francis Music Center


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Sister Callista Robinson

Sister Callista Robinson

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Joined Community: July 31, 1959

Ministry: Education


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Sister Grace Skwira

Sister Grace Skwira

Hometown: Opole, MN

Joined Community: July 31,1963

Ministry: Missionary work in Monterrey, Mexico


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Sister Marie Theis

Sister Marie Theis

Hometown: Eden Valley, MN

Joined Community: August 12, 1939

Ministry: Retired


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Sister Joan Truberty

Sister  Joan Truberty

Hometown: Albert Lea, MN

Joined Community: April 12, 1986

Ministry: Spiritual Counselor


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Sister Jan Kilian

Sister  Jan Kilian

Hometown: St. Augusta, MN

Joined Community: July 31,1955

Ministry: Hospitality at Clare's Well in Annandale, MN


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Sister Jan Kilian

Sister  Joanne Klinnert

Hometown: Bluffton, MN

Joined Community: July 31, 1958

Ministry: Minister at Sabbath House


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Isabel & AuroraSister Aurora Tovar and Maria Isabel Berrones Morales

Sister Aurora Tovar joined the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, on August 11, 2008, the Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi. Aurora was received into the novitiate of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, and became a member of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis.

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Sister Joyce PiotrowskiSister Joyce Piotrowski

Foster Grandparent

Sister Joyce Piotrowski joined the ranks of other Foster Grandparents. A former teacher, she fits the job description: child-oriented, cheerful, good listener, encouraging and upbeat, sympathetic and understanding.

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Sister Juanita MauerSister Juanita Mauer

Hospice Nurse

For the past 10 years I have been a hospice nurse, caring for the dying and their families in northern New Mexico.

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Sister Loretta DenfeldSister Loretta Denfeld

Spiritual Direction

The reflection of Sister Loretta's Christ-centered life journey is witnessed in the varying ministerial positions she has embraced: teacher, member of the Franciscan's religious life formation team, parish minister, missionary and member of the community's leadership team.

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Sister Lorraine OlmscheidSister Lorraine Olmscheid

Sister Lorraine wrote this reflection for her Golden Jubilee Summer 2010.

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Sister Mary Ann CapizzoSister Mary Ann Capizzo

Spiritual Direction

I have experienced the love for one another as sister in my religious community. I appreciate the time for contemplation and am awed by the inter-connectedness of all creation.

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Sister Mary Blase KulzerSister Mary Blase Kulzer

Clothes Review Director

This autobiography was written in honor of Sr. Mary Blase's 60th Jubilee in the Summer of 2010. 

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Sister Mary DumonceauxSister Mary Dumonceaux

Hispanic Adult Education

Peacemakers in the kingdom: How do we look violence in the face and take action for peace?

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Sister Mary ZirbesSister Mary Zirbes

Social Justice Advocate

In her semi-retirement years, Sister Mary Zirbes has been a strong advocate for social justice and preservation of the environment and all of creation.

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Sister Maurita BernetSister Maurita Bernet


'I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free....'

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Sister Michelle L'AllierSister Michelle L'Allier

FSLF Leadership

This autobiographical reflection orginally appeared in OUR JOURNEY, Summer 2010, a publication of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN.

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Sister Paula PohlmannSister Paula Pohlmann

Healing Ministry

I am humbled and grateful to have been called into this community where goodness has surrounded me.

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Sister Rose Margaret SchneiderSister Rose Margaret Schneider


It feels like a circle of life, beginning to live the Gospel by my ministry of teaching and now returning to teaching at Catholic Charities Family Literacy Program.

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Sister Siena WaldSister Siena Wald

Nursing Home Administrator

Sister Siena values Franciscan simplicity and has a great sense of humor. She believes life is good and makes every effort to live it to the fullest.

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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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