Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Plauta Rapien

✝ Thursday, March 8th 2018


"Father, full of trust, I commend my spirit into your hands.”
see Luke 23:46

God, our Lord and Savior, called our dear Sister M. Plauta née Theresia Rapien home to His eternal peace this morning, March 8, 2018. Sister M. Plauta was born on October 13, 1925 in Meppen-Eltern, district Emsland. She entered our Congregation on August 10, 1946 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1949.

From 1949 to 1964, Sister M. Plauta served in various hospitals as a nurse in the operating room. In 1964, she was asked to assume the responsibility of being the house and convent superior at St. Laurentius Hospital in Waltrop. From 1966 to 1969 she served as superior at St. Joseph-Stift in Bremen. In May 1969, the superior ministry for the Juniorate Sisters was given to her. Sister M. Plauta showed great understanding for the young Sisters and she accompanied them lovingly. 

Only a year later, in 1970, the Provincial Chapter elected her as Provincial Superior of the Westphalian "Mary the Queen" Province. From 1976 to 1982 she served as General Councilor and at the same time as house and convent superior at St. Bernhard Hospital in Kamp-Lintfort. In 1983, she once again assumed the ministry of being the Provincial Superior of the Westphalian "Mary the Queen" Province, elected by the capitulars.

From 1986 to 1992, Sister M. Plauta led our Sisters' recreation home, the St. Anna-Stift in Lohne-Kroge and in the autumn of 1992, Sister M. Plauta returned to the Motherhouse in Münster. Until 2002, she served the patients in the escort service at St. Francis Hospital. After that - for about 12 years - she served in the senior residence “Maria Trost” at the visitor’s entrance. She always kept a good eye on the residents and she maintained good contacts with them and their relatives.

In 2015, Sister M. Plauta came to St. Heriburg House, Münster. Bravely and patiently, she endured her lingering illness. On March 8, 2018 God called her home to His Eternal Father House. We believe, that Sister M. Plauta now gaze on Christ, the light of life. He will receive her in His glory and bring her to perfection in His love.