Minnesota Religious Leaders Call For Respectful Dialogue

As leaders of religious communities headquartered in central Minnesota, we, along with the Presidents of the Leadership Council of Women Religious and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men appeal to President Donald Trump and to all people to work toward respectful and civil discourse. We appreciate Pope Francis’s New Year’s Day Peace Message: “It is a challenge,” he writes, “to build up society, communities and businesses by acting as peacemakers. It is to show mercy by refusing to discard people, harm the environment, or seek to win at any cost.”

As Catholic Sisters, Brothers and religious priests, we have chosen to live with those who are sick, dying or living in poverty. Our schools, hospitals and social services helped to build, shape and humanize American society by healing, educating and serving those in need regardless of ethnicity, religion, means or circumstance. Then and now, we strive to bring healing, hope and consolation in the face of sadness and despair.

We are deeply concerned by the fractures and divisions seen so clearly during this past election season which continue to threaten the well-being and inclusion of all Americans and those who have fled in fear to our shores and borders. America is at its best when its diverse people come together to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles with ingenuity and creativity even going so far as to courageously risk their lives to transform conflict into peace. 

We stand ready to collaborate with the new administration when it promotes the common good through its policies, practices and people. Together, we have the opportunity to advocate for and build a just, merciful and humane society worthy of the dignity of all. Jesus Christ’s Gospel of love is the charter that moves us to action.

As always, we remember our President, the people of the United States and the world in prayer.


Sister Beatrice Eichten, OSF, Community Minister

Sister Michaela Hedican, OSB, Prioress

Fr. Kermit Holl, OSC, Prior

Abbot John Klassen, OSB


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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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