The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Winona issued a statement following the announcement by the Mayo Clinic that St. Mary's and Methodist hospitals in Rochester will change into one identity.
Bishop John Quinn, according to the Diocese newspaper, "The Courier," said while St. Mary's will no longer be an official Catholic hospital, it is encouraging that the Mayo clinic will continue to infuse the values of the Sisters of St. Francis who founded the the hospital in 1889.
The religious art and symbols will remain throughout the hospital and the hospital chapel will remain a Catholic chapel.
Sister Marilyn Geiger, President of the Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester, said they are sad to realize the newly merged hospital will no longer be an official Catholic health care institution. But while the name will change much will remain the same.
The merged hospitals will be under the name Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester......