Meet Sister Colette Toenies


When Pope John XXIII opened the window of the Vatican so that "he could see out and the people could see in," he changed my life forever. In response to his request, Sister Thomasine Schmolke opened the first foreign mission of our community, thus opening us to the world. I thank God for the blessings of having served in Peru, Colombia and most recently in Mexico.

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Past Ministries:

  • Social Concerns Coordinator & Hispanic Ministry at Holy Redeemer Parish, Marshall, Minn.
  • Training Lay Missionaries at Diocese of Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Current Ministry:

  •  Retired at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, Minn.

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Little Falls, Minnesota



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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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