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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 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. 


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

Our Community Symbol

FSLF LogoThe community symbol (Tau cross, spirit and the logotype (Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota) exemplify what we stand for as a community. The community symbol and logotype is the unifying visual element which bonds together a community with many ministries in various areas of the world.

The Tau cross is an ancient Christian symbol which can be traced to the words of the prophet Ezekiel (Ez. 9:4-6). Those marked with the Tau on their foreheads were known to belong to God. For Christians, the Tau was linked with the cross of Christ. Francis of Assisi, who was greatly devoted to the cross of Christ, used the Tau as his signature.

Francis wrote The Rule of Life as a guiding document for his followers. In the final article of this rule he reminded his brothers and sisters that "they should desire one thing alone, namely, the Spirit of God at work within them." Francis, whose spirituality was very Trinitarian, frequently acknowledged the formative place of the spirit in the lives of his followers.

For Francis, it is the Spirit of God that creates the circle of energy uniting the brothers and sisters in relationships of love. It is this same Spirit that moves them outward in cosmic interdependence and relatedness with all of creation.

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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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