The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls have had a long and deep history in the area since their inception in 1891. The history from the Order’s beginning through 1950 was covered in the book “In the Shadow of His Wings.” A continuation of the Franciscan Sisters’ history, called “The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota: A Journey to New Frontiers, 1950-2018” by Sr. Elise Saggau, picks up where the first book left off.
The Morrison County Historical Society will be hosting a book talk by Sr. Saggau on Saturday, October 12, 2019, during which she will discuss the book. The event will take place at 1:00 p.m. at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls, MN.
Sister Elise Saggau, O.S.F., is a native of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She entered the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls in 1952. She has an undergraduate degree in English, French, and Education, and Master’s Degrees in Religious Education and Franciscan Studies, as well as a Master of Divinity Degree.
She taught English and French for ten years at St. Francis High School and for seven years at St. Clare College in Little Falls, as well as teaching theology at other institutions in Chicago, Illinois, and Tanzania, East Africa. She served as Assistant Dean for Students at the School of Theology at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and was Assistant Director of Publications at the Franciscan Institute.
In 2010, at the request of her religious congregation, she began work on updating the congregation’s history, which was published in February 2019. She presently resides at her motherhouse in Little Falls.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007.