Suzanne Toolan, RSM

Sister Suzanne Toolan, RSM, creator of the communion song, “I Am the Bread of Life,” is an internationally known composer of liturgical music. She is a prominent American spokeswoman for the music and prayer of the Taizé ecumenical community from France and leads many Taizé-style retreats.

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Born in Lansing, Michigan, Sister Suzanne moved to Hollywood at 17, before she became a professed Sister of Mercy. She earned a master’s degree in humanities and then began her teaching career, directing choirs for high schools, colleges, parish, and seminaries. She continued her music studies, which included composition work at Michigan State University, liturgical study at the University of Notre Dame, and choral work with Robert Shaw at San Diego State University. She received a second master’s degree from San Francisco State. She brought the music and prayer of the Taizé ecumenical community from France to the Mercy Center in 1982.

Sister Suzanne attributes the popularity of “I Am the Bread of Life,” which has been translated into 20 languages, to its “message of resurrection, which is so strong in these words of Jesus. We so need that message of hope.” On her 80th birthday, she released an autobiography, I Am the Bread of Life, which includes the story behind her beloved hymn.

Sister Suzanne is the resident liturgist and directs Taizé prayer at Mercy Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame, California.