"The Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque originated in Herford, Germany, in 1864 where the needs of the homeless and hungry children touched the heart and conscience of the congregation’s foundress, Mother Xavier Termehr.“The work was caring for orphans and battlefield nursing,” said Sister Grace Ann Witte, OSF, who ministers at the Clare Guest House in Sioux City. “They received the Iron Cross from Bismarck for their work with nursing on the battlefield.”
In 1875, a new law ordered religious communities not involved in hospital work to either disband or emigrate. There were 29 sisters in the congregation at the time and all of them desired to remain a religious community."
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