Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Isentrud Schmitte

✝ Sunday, December 24th 2017


“Thus says God, I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name.”
(see Is 43:1)

On Christmas eve, December 24, 2017, in St. Francis Hospital, Münster, God called our dear Sister M. Isentrud née Elisabeth Schmitte to Himself in eternity. Sister M. Isentrud was born on August 19, in Greven. She entered our Congregation on April 12, 1957. and professed her religious vows on October 28, 1959.

Sister M. Isentrud initially worked as a nurse. From 1964 until 1972, she was in St. Joseph Hospital, Cloppenburg, in the Pharmacy, there she also was responsible for the employees. After this, she completed a year of study of Hospital leadership and management and graduated. 

In 1973, she went to St. Joseph-Stift, Bremen. In Bremen, she served as the Assistant to the Director of Nursing. For many years she was the convent superior and at the same time Assistant to the Director of Nursing. From 1981 to 1987, she was assigned to St. Marian-Hospital Steinfurt-Borghorst, from 1987 to 1996 in St. Vincent Hospital, Haselünne and from 1996 until 2005, in St. Hedwig’s Home in Ibbenbüren-Püsselbüren. With great commitment, she mastered the challenges in her work environment.  With generosity and understanding, in her loving and farsighted ways, she gave herself to the Sisters entrusted to her and was always a good Superior for them.

Believing, trusting and determined, Sister M. Isentrud, a true disciple, followed Christ in Franciscan simplicity. Personal prayer and the Sacred Scriptures were always a source of strength for her.

As long as her strength allowed, she enjoyed playing the Organ and accompanying the singing. 

In December 2017, Sister M. Isentrud came to St. Francis Hospital.. Grateful and with a ready heart, on Christmas Eve, about 7:00 PM, her earthly life returned to God’s protective hands.  May she now know the fulfillment for which she longed, that in heaven she will find fulfillment and an eternal home.