Sister Della Marie Doyle, from Seaside, was elected the Reverend Mother of the Franciscan Sisters, Third Order Regular of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother on June 6. Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville celebrated her installation Mass on Saturday, June 13, at Father of Mercy Chapel at Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery in Toronto, Ohio.
She was born the fifth of 12 children and the oldest daughter. Since she was in second grade, she has had an interest in cooking and loves to serve through feeding people. She is known among the sisters for her delicious homemade bread and for her love of gardening.
Mother Della Marie graduated from Seaside High School in 1991. She went on to study nutrition and nursing at George Fox University and Franciscan University of Steubenville before entering the Franciscan Sisters. In 2006, she received a bachelor’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She served on the general council for two terms, from 2008 to 2014 and from 2014 to 2020. She will serve as reverend mother until 2026.
In her 25 years in community, Mother Della Marie helped to open three of the community’s four mission houses: Heart of Mary Mission House in downtown Steubenville, Ohio, in 2001; Greccio Mission House in Gaming, Austria, in 2004; and St. Elizabeth Mission House in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2015.
She still returns home each year to visit her family members who live in the Seaside area.