Meet the Sisters

 

Mother Mary Ann Kessler, T.O.R.
Hometown: Grampian, PA
Entered Community: 1989
Feast Day: August 22, Queenship of Mary
Fun Fact: I gave the address at my High School Graduation.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

Sr. Mary Rose Bratlien, T.O.R.
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Entered Community: 1989
Feast Day: September 4, St. Rose of Viterbo
Fun Fact: I have a passion for music! I play guitar and write music for God’s glory.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 


Sr. Monica Spates, T.O.R.
Hometown: Benson, MN
Entered Community: 1991
Feast Day: August 27, St. Monica
Fun Fact: I was a missionary in Venezuela before I entered the community.
Click here to read my vocation story

 

Sr. Mary Catherine Kasuboski, T.O.R.
Hometown: Sturgis, MI
Entered Community: 1995
Feast Day: December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Fun Fact: I grew up dancing ballet, tap, flamenco style Spanish dance, and baton twirling.  It was a lot more fun than Girl Scouts for me! Click here to read my vocation story.

 


Sr. Grace Anne Wills, T.O.R.

Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Entered Community: 1997
Feast Day: May 31, The Visitation
Fun Fact: I love God’s creation, especially the morning star, sunrise, mountains, hummingbirds, sunsets and the constellation Orion. Click here to read my vocation story.

 


Sr. Thérèse Marie Iglesias, T.O.R.
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Entered Community: 1998
Feast Day: October 1, St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Fun Fact: I never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich until I entered community!
Click here to read my vocation story. 

 


Sr. Joan Paule Portenlanger, T.O.R.

Hometown: Steubenville, OH
Entered Community: 1999
Feast Day: October 22, St. John Paul II the Great
Fun Fact: I moved 13 times BEFORE entering the convent and the count has continued to increase since.
Click here to read my vocation story

 


Sr. Carrie Ann McKeown, T.O.R.

Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Entered Community: 2002
Feast Day: October 7, Our Lady of the Rosary
Fun Fact: I am a brown belt in American freestyle Karate.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 



Sr. Eliana Day, T.O.R.

Hometown: Gardners, PA
Entered Community: 2004
Feast Day: July 20, Holy Prophet Elijah
Fun Fact: I converted to Catholicism when I was 21. Click here to read my vocation story.

 


Sr. Elizabeth Beussink, T.O.R.

Hometown: Jackson, MO
Entered Community: 2007
Feast Day: May 31, The Visitation
Fun Fact: I grew up riding horses with the ambition of working with a Therapeutic Horsemanship program.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

Sr. Miriam O’Callaghan, T.O.R.
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Entered Community: 2007
Feast Day: August 17, Our Lady of Knock
Fun Fact:One Sunday in 2010 while on a 6-week liquid diet after major jaw surgery in Ireland, I blended steak mixed with potatoes, vegetables, fried onions and LOTS of gravy and drank my “steak ‘n’ shake” through a straw!
Click here to read my vocation story.

 


Sr. Maria Clare Smith, T.O.R.

Hometown: Westfield, IN
Entered Community: 2008
Feast Day: May 8, Our Lady, Mediatrix of all Grace
Fun Fact: I am a roller coaster enthusiast!
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

Sr. Agnes Thérèse Davis, T.O.R.
Hometown: Keene, NH
Entered Community: 2010
Feast Day: March 2, St.Agnes of Prague
Fun Fact: I majored in philosophy in college and enjoy giving impromptu lessons to my sisters at meals and recreation.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 


Sr. Anna Rose Ciarrone

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Entered Community: 2011
Feast Day: February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation
Fun Fact: When I was a student, I set off the fire alarm at Franciscan University when trying to straighten my hair… it is VERY CURLY!
Click here to read my vocation story.

 


Sr. Agnes Maria Kilonsky, T.O.R.
Hometown: 
Steubenville, OH
Entered Community:
2013
Feast Day:
May 13th, Our Lady of Fatima
Fun Fact:
 I first visited our community when I was 11 years old. I have felt called here ever since!
Click here to read my vocation testimony

 


Sr. Mary Michelina, TOR

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Entered Community: 2014
Feast Day: September 12th, the Most Holy Name of Mary
Fun Fact: On my first trip out west I was stung by a scorpion!
Click here to read my testimony

 


Sr. Josephine, novice
Hometown: Rollinsford, NH
Entered Community: 2014
Feast Day: March 19th, St. Joseph
Fun Fact: I’m the only TOR Sister who isn’t a “sister” in the biological sense. I’m the only “only child” in the community!

 

 

 

Sr. Mollie, novice
Hometown: Millington ,NJ
Entered Community: 2016
Feast Day: December 12th, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Fun Fact: My family didn’t have normal pets growing up. Through the years we had iguanas, ferrets, snakes, chinchillas, poison dart frogs, hedge hogs, and more!

 


Lisa,
 postulant
Hometown: Monroe Township, NJ
Entered Community: 2017
Fun Fact:  Instead of having a sweet sixteen, I played with baby tigers and took a photoshoot with a tiger for my birthday.

 

 

 

Ashley, postulant
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA
Entered Community: 2017
Fun Fact:  I grew up in a town that has 90+ miles of golf cart trails. Everyone owns and drives a golf cart. My family’s golf cart was probably the slowest golf cart in existence. So much so, that we had to pull over every time someone came behind us!

 

 

 

Sister Katherine Caldwell, T.O.R.
Hometown: Santa Clara, CA
Entered Community: 1988
Feast Day: April 29, St. Catherine of Siena
Fun Fact: I love playing wallyball with my sisters!
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

Sr. Jean Daugherty, T.O.R.
Hometown: Lancaster, OH
Entered Community: Religious Life 1959, Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R. 1991
Feast Day: December 27, St. John the Evangelist
Fun Fact: I am a twin. I was born five minutes before my sister Joan, so I claim to be the oldest in a family of 10 children.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

Sr. Faustina Sinnott, T.O.R.
Hometown:  Enfield, CT
Entered Community: 1991
Feast Day:  October 5, St. Faustina
Fun Fact: I would love to live in a mission house in Ireland!
Click here to read my vocation story.

 


Sr. Della Marie Doyle, T.O.R.

Hometown: Seaside, OR
Entered Community: 1995
Feast Day: June 27, Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Fun Fact: I am one of 12 children.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

 


Sr. Catherine Lynn Forsythe, T.O.R.
Hometown: Oshawa, ON, Canada
Entered Community: 1997
Feast Day: April 29, St. Catherine of Siena
Fun Fact: At one time I enjoyed clowning around, literally. I was a volunteer clown for Christian events bringing the joy of Christ to others.
Click here to read my vocation story.


Sr. Jean Marie Ledsome, T.O.R.

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Entered Community: 1998
Feast Day: May 13, Our Lady of Fatima
Fun Fact: I have been questioned by the FBI twice!
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

 


Sr. Maria Pio Wiggins, T.O.R.

Hometown: Charleston, SC
Entered Community: 2000
Feast Day: September 23, St. Pio
Fun Fact: I auditioned to be the Baltimore Oriole mascot – but that didn’t fly; God had other plans!
Click here to read my vocation testimony

 


Sr. Maria Teresa Tortorice, T.O.R.

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Entered Community: 2003
Feast Day: September 5, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta
Fun Fact: I like to do wood carving.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

 



Sr. Mary Markita Kratochvil, T.O.R.

Hometown: Ulysses, NE
Entered Community: 2004
Feast Day: May 16, St. Margaret of Cortona
Fun Fact: I was captain of my cheerleading squad in High School.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 


Sr. Sophia Grace Huschka, T.O.R.
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Entered Community: 2007
Feast Day: September 30, St. Sophia
Fun Fact: I worked as a meteorologist before I entered religious life.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

Sr. Sarah Rose Dent, T.O.R.
Hometown: 
Flint, MI
Entered Community: 
2008
Feast Day: October 7, Our Lady of the Rosary
Fun Fact:  I worked as a special education teacher on a Navajo Reservation in Arizona before entering and my birthday is on the feast day of St. Francis, so I think I was meant to be a Franciscan from birth!
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

Sr. Rita Clare Yoches, T.O.R.
Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Entered Community: 2009
Feast Day: May 22, St. Rita of Cascia
Fun Fact: One time I was stranded in London by myself because I failed to notice that my passport expired while I was there!
Click here to read my vocation story.


Sr. Teresa Reyes
Hometown: Passaic, NJ
Entered Community: 2011
Feast Day: October 1, St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus
Fun Fact: After college graduation I spent two weeks in Tanzania before beginning a two-year internship with the Catholic Student Union at Florida State University.
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

Sr. Mary Gemma Harris
Hometown: Eltopia, WA
Entered Community: 2011
Feast Day: April 11th, St. Gemma Galgani
Fun Fact: I went on pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and Medjugorje the year our community was founded – in utero!
Click here to read my vocation story.

 

Sr. Philomena Clare De Hitta, T.O.R.
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Entered Community: 2013
Feast Day: August 11th, St. Clare and St. Philomena
Fun Fact: My sister and I share the same birthday, one year apart. She was the first birthday present I received and the best birthday present I have ever received!
Click here to read my vocation story

Sr. Chiara Joan, T.O.R.
Hometown: Morgantown, WV
Entered Community: 2014
Feast Day: May 30th, St. Joan of Arc
Fun Fact: When I was on a mission trip in Brazil, I visited the room where Pope Benedict stayed in when he visited San Paulo, Brazil.
Click here to read my vocation story

 

 

 

Sr. June Benedicta, novice
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Entered Community: 2015
Fun Fact: I was born near Christmas Day so the hospital sent me home in a Christmas stocking. My mom stuffed it with presents every Christmas throughout my childhood.

 

 

Kayla, postulant
Hometown: Lake Elmo, MN
Entered Community: 2016
Fun Fact: I spent a semester in college dissecting zebrafish embryo brains under a microscope for a research project.

 

 

 

Anne, postulant
Hometown: Springfield, MN
Entered Community: 2017
Fun Fact: When I was 7 years old I was given the chance to switch instruments from the violin. I chose the cello because I heard you would get to sit down and play it!

 

 

Anna, postulant
Hometown: Niceville, FL
Entered Community: 2017
Fun Fact: I was a model in Japan from the time I was 10 months old to 2 years old. I was generally scared of the photographers  and the camera so my mom had to stand off the set with candy to get me to smile!

 

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