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“With all creatures the brothers and sisters should praise the Ruler of heaven and earth, and give thanks because…God created all things spiritual and material.” Third Order Rule III: 10

Living Simply

Living simply is our expression for the Franciscan core value of poverty. Living in poverty means that we continually recognize that absolutely everything is a gift from God and as such we are owners of nothing. Living poverty calls us to be good stewards of our gifts, to be in solidarity with the longings of those who are poor, and to seek justice for the earth and all her creatures. As a core value living simply permeates our lives and ministry as do the other core values of conversion of heart, contemplation, and minority.

As a specific example of our living simply, let us highlight here our commitment to healing the sources of Mother Earth’s wounds. Our community proclamation 2006-2001 states: We reverence and preserve all of God’s creation. We commit ourselves to address the sources of Mother Earth’s wounds.

We, Sisters and Associates, love creation, seeing in creation the very fingerprints of God. We are committed to caring for our Mother Earth and seek to heal the causes of her wounds. On a daily basis we strive to live simply, reduce our consumption of the earth’s resources and reduce our carbon footprint.

Learn more about our history and character of life.

 

Endeavors that reflect our commitment to Mother Earth.

  • We recycle and compost whenever and wherever possible.
  • We have begun to purchase hybrid vehicles.
  • The vegetable gardens at Clare’s Well and the Motherhouse are organic.
  • Clare’s Well has 5.5 acres in prairie restoration with 8 kinds of grasses and 40 kinds of flowers. The Sisters replaced the old farmhouse furnace with geothermal heating and cooling.
  • Prairie restoration is underway on another 63 acres south of Rice, MN.
  • The Sisters in the Twin Cities region are members of the organization "Friends of the Mississippi." The Sisters and Associates of this region concentrate on water issues affecting the Earth.
  • FSLF Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation office collaborates to work with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Joseph, MN on care of creation issues.
  • The Motherhouse campus has a “Green” Committee to promote earth friendly practices. Endeavors include use of organic food and coffee. The maximum available amount of “green” electricity is purchased. An annual “Green Fair” is sponsored in collaboration with the St. Francis Music Center’s Peace Concert.


In June 2009, at our annual community days, we formally endorsed the U.N. Earth Charter, http://www.EarthCharter.org/. We are grateful for being rooted in Central Minnesota where we are near woods, farms, lakes and the great Mississippi River. Praise God for all of the gifts of creation!


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116 8th Avenue SE
Little Falls, MN 56345
(320) 632-2981 | info@fslf.org

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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