Franciscan Associates

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Associate Mission Statement

Franciscan Associates commit, through their varied lifestyles, to live Gospel values in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare, in companionship with the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, and one another. Together they share those values with all God’s people and all creation. In so doing they collaborate in building God’s reign of peace and justice for all.

Who are the Franciscan Associates?

Franciscan Associates are women, men and families who proclaim their call from God to live the spirit, charism and mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota. They commit to a formally recognized mutual relationship and live the commitment within their own lifestyle.

History of the Associate Movement

Since Vatican Council II in the early 1960s, there has been a worldwide movement by laity in response to the call of God’s Spirit in their lives. Lay people have always been attracted to religious orders for help with spiritual growth. Associates are lay men, women and sometimes families who desire to live out the charism of a particular religious order while remaining in their own lifestyle. Other names used for associates include consociates, co-journers and affiliates, depending on the religious order. What is central to all is that they share the charism of the religious order with whom they are connected.

Where do our Associates come from?


North America

Alaska 1  

Arizona 4

California 9  

Florida 1

Georgia 1

Indiana 1

Massachusetts 1

Maryland 3         

Minnesota 158 

Montana 1

N. Dakota 2

N. Mexico 1

Oregon 2

Pennsylvania 1

S. Carolina 1

S. Dakota 1

Tennessee 6

Texas 3

Wisconsin 2

(TOTAL: 199)

Latin America

Colombia 1

Ecuador 42

Nicaragua 20

Venezuela 5

(TOTAL: 68)


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Little Falls, MN 56345
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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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