Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
“Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands!”
(Hymnal Gotteslob 629,5)
„Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, called our dear Sister M. Bercharia, née Maria Vaske, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, home into his glory on May 9, 2018.
Sister M. Bercharia was born on April 29, 1918 in Diekhaus near Emstek/Oldenburg. She entered our Congregation on January 30, 1948 and made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1950.
In 1951, Sister M. Bercharia successfully completed her studies as a nurse. She initially worked as a nurse in the hospitals in Haselünne, Gronau and Legden. Friendly, conscientiously and unassumingly she served as a nurse. Sister M. Bercharia assisted the patients and their relatives sensitively and helpfully.
The Doctors, employees and Sisters appreciated her professional competence.
From 1966 to 1985 Sister M. Bercharia was asked to assume the ministry as House- and Convent Superior in the hospitals in Drensteinfurt, Nottuln, Hovestadt and Dingden. With foresight, wisdom, and Franciscan simplicity, she committed herself in these ministries. Her eyes spoke of love, kindness, and joy. She gladly retired for prayer, to be alone with Christ and, gifted by Him, being there for others.
In 1985 Sister M. Bercharia changed to St. Josef House in Seppenrade. Here she devoted herself to the sick, old and recreation-seeking Sisters. She enjoyed the garden and the grove, as well as the contacts to the neighbors and the parish.
In 2015 she moved for health reasons to St. Heriburg House in Münster.
On April 29, 2018, she celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by her familiy and her religious Sisters. Thereafter, her health deteriorated, so that she was hospitalized a few days ago at St. Francis Hospital. Her sister, our dear Sister M. Innozentia, remained consolingly at her side. We express our deepest sympathy to her.
With Sister M. Innozentia we are grateful for the life of Sister M. Bercharia in our Congregation. In prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist, we will remember her.