Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
My soul rests in God alone,
from whom comes my salvation. (Psalm 62:2)
On April 24, 2018, our dear Sister reached the goal of her faith in St. Heriburg House in Münster. Sister M. Bardona, née Hedwig Richter, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis.
Sister M. Bardona was born on May 2, 1925 in Legden. She entered our Congregation on August 10, 1946 and made her first profession on May 3, 1949.
The life of Sr. M. Bardona was marked by profound faith in God, creativeness and gratefulness. First, she served in various hospitals of our community. In autumn of 1960, Sister M. Bardona went to ‘St. Marien-Hospital’ in Lünen. Here she committed herself with much joy in the neonatal section. She was a wise and sympathetic supervisor for the employees especially for the nursing students and she met her religious sisters with cheerfulness and humor.
In 1993, Sister M. Bardona handed over the supervisor ministry to younger hands. She then committed herself in the hospital library.
In March 2009, Sister M. Bardona changed to St. Joseph House in Seppenrade. As far as her strength allowed, she assumed small duties in the household. She was very close to nature and she especially loved the flowers in the garden. Sister M. Bardona always radiated warmth and benevolence.
About six weeks ago, due to health reasons, she was admitted to St. Francis-Hospital for treatment. Despite all medical efforts, she did not recover. Nearly three weeks ago, she transferred to St. Heriburg House in Münster. Sister M. Bardona was grateful for the care and assistance and the employees and her religious Sisters were pleased to provide this care for her. Yesterday evening, at around 8:30 PM, Sister M. Bardona confidently gave back her life into God’s protective hands. She is now with the Lord, seeing Him forever.
We say our farewells to Sister M. Bardona, grateful to God for the gift of her life in our congregation and for all her kindness. Trusting God’s goodness, sure and believing, that HE will call her into eternal home, we think of her in our prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.