Franciscan Sisters T.O.R. of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother


306 Little Church Road
Toronto, OH 43964

Main Number: 740-544-5542

Vocation Director: 740-544-6204

Community Information

Reverend Mother:  Mother Mary Ann Kessler, TOR

Vocation Coordinator:  Sr. Elizabeth Beussink, TOR
Vocation Phone:  740-544-6204

As Franciscan contemplative penitents committed to works of mercy, we live out our call through living a contemplative/active rhythm of prayer, work, and ministry in three possible settings:  our monastery, hermitages, and mission houses. As contemplatives in the world, we esteem the value of prayer in itself for love of God and give ourselves wholeheartedly to the mission of Christ through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Our varied apostolates which flow from our prayer fall under the umbrellas of evangelization and works of mercy, some of which are serving the poor, campus ministry, and visiting the elderly.

As penitents, we are committed to ongoing conversion and to the offering of our lives for the salvation of souls. Our life, rooted in Catholic and Franciscan spirituality, flows from the dynamic love relationship within the three Persons of the Trinity, and is centered in Christ and animated and guided by the Holy Spirit. The Marian and Eucharistic dimensions of our spirituality are integral to our way of life, charisms, and mission. As penitents with Mary at the foot of the Cross, we continually allow the merciful love of Christ to convert us and to transform us into vessels of His mercy for others.



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