Mother Alfred Moes was an immigrant from Luxembourg, a woman religious, and the founder of two Franciscan congregations. She was also the first person to advocate for the hospital in Rochester that would become Mayo Clinic. While her visionary leadership proved essential to the founding of St. Mary’s Hospital, her strong influence often put her in conflict with church leadership.
In this episode of the MinneCulture podcast, KFAI’s Julie Censullo tells the story of how Mother Alfred came to Minnesota after clashing with a local Bishop and how a natural disaster gave her an idea for a hospital in Rochester.
MinneCulture arts, culture and history stories air on KFAI. We also record and produce concerts featuring local musicians in our "Live from Minnesota" series. In 2019, five (5!) MinneCulture stories won Page One awards from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, including a 1-2-3 sweep of the "Best Radio Feature" category. Support for MinneCulture on KFAI comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. View full bio »