Mayo Clinic and The Saint Francis Connections

by Fran Fox on October 4, 2015

Mayo Clinic has a long tradition with Saint Francis!

The Sisters of Saint Francis were the ones who urged Dr Worrall Mayo, MD to build a hospital after a catastrophic tornado hit Rochester, Minnesota in 1883.  Of course we know this hospital today as The Mayo Clinic.


Most of the Sisters of Saint Francis are no longer present here on the Mayo Clinic Campus but their spirit and the spirit of Saint Francis is still everywhere! In fact Mayo Clinic stills sends their doctors, administrators and other Mayo support staff to Assisi Italy,  the birth place of Saint Francis to enrich their “Spirit of Saint Francis from his birthplace”

“What happens on pilgrimage is no less astounding than what happened when people encountered the living St. Francis,” says Sister Ramona Miller, a Rochester Franciscan who has led various pilgrimages to Assisi Italy for 20 years. “When Mayo pilgrims realize they’re connecting with a mission that’s 800 years old, they get fired up! They’re part of something big and it’s from God!”

The spirituality of each site affects pilgrims differently; testimonies are as diverse as the pilgrims, their jobs and their religious affiliations. Mary Ayshford, a Methodist and the art director in the Department of Development, found inspiration at La Verna, the mountaintop where Francis received the stigmata.

“Nature is my cathedral and that is where I felt the closest to Francis and to God,” says Ayshford, adding that, as with many pilgrims, Assisi instilled in her a greater need for servant leadership and “bonum”, the Franciscan value of doing good. “We owe it to others to be good people and to do good things and to help out wherever we can.” 

Mayo Clinic’s Charity Care: Poverello Foundation is named after Saint Francis of Assisi.  Poverello means “the little poor man”.  People often refered to Saint Francis as “Poverello” after he gave away his family fortune to help the poor.  More information on the Poverello Fund and other Mayo Clinic Charity Care options


The Sisters of Saint Francis are here to help, the staff of Mayo Clinic who have studied and now incorporate into their medical care the “Spirit of Saint Francis are here to help and SAINT FRANCIS himself are all HERE to help you and your family in your time of need!


Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi


Below is an aerial tour of  the beautiful Assisi Heights located here in Rochester Minnesota.

Assisi Heights sits high on a hilltop with spectacular views of all Mayo Clinic Campuses.


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Mayo Clinic – Taking a BIG Swing at CANCER!

by Fran Fox on September 23, 2014

Mayo Clinic is really going after Cancer and making big progress.  Check out the video below!

Request to participate in this ongoing study here at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN Click Here


Click Here to listen Mayo Clinic Radio on this exciting work!

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Mayo Clinic Important Dates in History

April 13, 2014

  1863 — Dr. William Worrall Mayo moves to Rochester to examine new recruits for the Union Army. He stays to set up a solo medical practice in 1864, which eventually led to modern-day Mayo Clinic. 1883 — On July 21, a devastating tornado strikes the Rochester region, injuring so many that the Mayos ask […]

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Have you already been to Mayo Clinic? Share your experiences here! I welcome your comments to inspire others.

September 26, 2013
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Mayo Clinic – Mind and Body Connection

April 7, 2013

If you are reading this and you are worried and depressed about your illness or a loved one illness, you can improve the situation by training your mind.  And with Mayo Clinic’s  help you can start right now.  Please read on. Amit Sood, Associate Professor of Medience at Mayo Clinic uses healing methods that restore well-being rather than just treating illness. A key […]

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New Map Brochure Available For All Mayo Clinic Locations in Rochester, Minnesota

September 10, 2012

If you are coming to Mayo Clinic here in Rochester Minnesota you will want to print out this new brocure that shows all the Mayo locations here in Rochester.  It covers a large portion of our city.  In fact as you probably already know the Mall of America is the biggest shopping mall in the world and the total square […]

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Mayo Clinic Financial Assitance

January 20, 2012

Update: October 4, 2015 Please read this post for additional help both spirituality and financially.  Mayo Clinic and The Saint Francis Connections I just picked up a new brochure at Mayo Clinic that has new updated information for those having financial hardship and in need of Mayo Clinic’s care.  The first paragraph of this brochure should […]

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Where is The Mayo Clinic?

November 16, 2011

Mayo Clinic is located here in Rochester, Minnesota.  Latitude = 44.0228, Longitude = -92.4672   It never occurred to be that one of my blog posts should have covered this very basic question. I was reminded tonight when I saw that one of the highest searches on Google for Mayo Clinic is “Where is Mayo […]

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Ronald McDonald House. Family Lodging $10 per night-Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

September 3, 2011

There are several caring non-profit organizations that offer very affordable lodging and meals to those families in need coming here to Rochester, Minnesota.  Many of these places here in town allow family members to stay with their loved one while being treated here at Mayo Clinic for no extra charge.  I will blog about several more of these types […]

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US News and World Report’s Best Hospitals for 2011-2012, Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota

July 19, 2011

Mayo Clinic here in Rochester Minnesota  is recognized once again by US News and World Report’s Best Hospitals for 2011-2012  for their achievements in many specialties. Mayo Clinic scores #1 ratings in Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Nephrology. Mayo Clinic scored #2 in Pulmonology, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Orthopedics, Cardiology and Heart Surgery. I can assure you I would personally chose Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN for all their #2 […]

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