Refused permission to start her order of religious sisters in California, Mother Dolores and her small community found their way to Reno in 1877, where she went on to found Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, which is still operating today.
In 1883 after a funnel-shaped cloud touched down and devastated Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. W. W. Mayo took charge of the thirty-four injured victims. Mother Alfred took over the nursing functions. Afterwards, she took the good doctor aside and confided something to him. She had this dream about how the two of them might build a hospital.
This first vignette in our "Catholic Nuns and the Making of America" series highlights the influence of a sister on one of SOAR!'s founders, John Fialka, in high school.