The Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester, Minnesota is a Roman Catholic religious congregation for women. The congregation was founded in 1877 by Mother Mary Alfred Moes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona. The motherhouse, which is in Rochester, Minnesota, is called Assisi Heights. The congregation founded Saint Marys Hospital (Rochester), which is now part of the Mayo Clinic, and it still maintains a close connection with the hospital. The Sisters operate schools and a clinic in Bogotá, Colombia. They also run a spiritual retreat center in Janesville, Minnesota.
Rochester Franciscan Sisters are involved in many aspects of the community. They work in the inner city, minister to prisoners, serve as therapists and administrators, artists and writers. They serve in parishes as pastoral ministers and on institutional and community boards. As sponsors of Saint Marys Hospital, they volunteer their services and give guidance on values and medical ethics.
In the last 130+ years, the Sisters of Saint Francis have served in more than fifteen states, as well as Sierra Leone, Africa, Bogotá, Colombia, and various locations in Cambodia. Much of this service has been in education and health care, but also currently includes a wide variety of other ministries, such as: chaplaincy, spiritual direction and retreats, counseling, administrative services, human rights advocacy, fine arts and art restoration, and care of the earth and its resources.