California Expressions: Art & Beauty – I Am Bread of Life

Original manuscript of I Am the Bread of Life, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West-Midwest Community, mid-1960s

Original manuscript of I Am the Bread of Life, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West-Midwest Community, mid-1960s

Sister of Mercy Suzanne Toolan composed “I Am the Bread of Life” when she was a high school chorale instructor. After working it out on the piano in her classroom, she was dissatisfied and tossed the manuscript away. Yet a student who overheard the music inspired Sister Toolan to retrieve the sheet music and send it to the Gregorian Institute of America. The hymn has since become an international favorite.


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