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Sr. Miriam O'Callaghan TOR
Vocations Coordinator
369 Little Church Road
Toronto, OH 43964

Year Founded
Age Range
Toronto, OH


Pensacola-Tallahassee, FL Sankt Pölten, Austria Steubenville, OH


As Franciscan contemplative penitents committed to works of mercy, we live out our call through living a contemplative/active rhythm of prayer, work, and apostolate in three settings: our monasteries, our hermitages, and our 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. As penitents, we are committed to ongoing conversion and to the offering of our lives for the salvation of souls. Our life, rooted in our Catholic and Franciscan spirituality, flows from the dynamic love relationship within the three Persons of the Trinity, and is centered in Christ, 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.


Single Catholic women 20-35 years of age who are in good physical and psychological health, and who have the capacity to participate in the sisters' formation program and the ability to live in community. Two years of work experience or college is required though a degree is not necessary.


One year postulancy, two-year novitiate, five-year juniorate (temporary vows). Formation courses cover Franciscan history, Franciscan spirituality, Church history, Catechism of the Catholic Church, vowed life, prayer, and more. Most classes are within the monastery and involve reading, discussion, and lectures. During initial formation sisters will be involved and trained in the various apostolates that the community is involved in. Junior formation can also include living and working at a mission house.


Gaming, Austria