"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
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 115 sisters and are joined by over 260 associates. While the majority of our sisters live and minister in Minnesota, some of us minister in, California, Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin. We also have sisters serving as missionaries in two rural parishes in Mexico. Our associates are from across the nation as well as from Ecuador, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
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.
Justice and Peace Ministry
Care of Creation
Building Community and Relationships
Music and the Arts
Gift Planning and Development
Migrant / Border Ministry