Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Cor 3:16)
God, the Lord over life and death, called our dear Sister M. Erphonia, née Margaretha Twilling, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, from St. Francis House, Nordwalde, home to His eternal joy yesterday evening, June 17, 2018.
Sister M. Erphonia was born on February 19, 1928 in Billerbeck-Beerlage. She entered our Congregation on August 5, 1949 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1952.
In 1959, Sister M. Erphonia got the certificate of appointment as pharmacist. From 1967 to 1989 she committed herself tirelessly and lovingly as a pharmacist in St. Bernhard-Hospital, Kamp-Lintfort. She always radiated benevolence and contentment.
Sister M. Erphonia felt a call for more contemplation. In November 1989 she first changed to the Christoph-Bernsmeyer-House in Telgte. Then, in April 1990, the House St. Clare, a house of prayer and silence, was opened. Here, many issues and concerns were entrusted to her.
And Sister M. Erphonia brought all these worries and fears before God in prayer.Her motto was: the door, our hearts and our ears are open!
In 2013, Sister M. Erphonia experienced age-related health problems. In spring of 2013, due to these health reasons, she changed to St. Francis House, Nordwalde. Here she combined contemplation and activity in a good harmony and she participated in the community life. She loved nature and enjoyed the beauty of the flowers in the garden. Sister M. Erphonia was also very interested in all happenings of the Congregation. Her prayers always accompanied the concerns of our international community, of our church and the world.
Lately, she became increasingly weak, but bravely and with great patience, she bore all complaints. Trusting God’s merciful love and with great gratitude, Sister M Erphonia returned her earthly life into the protective hands of God, yesterday evening. For us, this was unexpected and sudden.
We are grateful to God for the life of our Sister M. Erphonia and ask Him to reward her all her goodness during her life and to take her into the Father’s eternal dwelling. We will remember her in our prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.