Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Theonette Elbracht

✝ Monday, June 25th 2018


Father, into your hands, I commend my spirit. (see Luke 23:46)

God, the Lord over life and death, called our dear Sister M. Theonette née Anna Elisabeth Elbracht, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, from St. Heriburg House, Münster, home to His eternal joy this morning, June 25, 2018.

Sister M. Theonette was born on July 26, 1927 in Oelde. She entered our Congregation on August 12, 1955 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1958.

In 1959, Sister M. Theonette successfully completed her studies as a nurse. In addition, she completed in 1962 her studies as a medical-laboratory assistant.

From 1962 to 1986, Sister M. Theonette served as a medical-laboratory assistant in the radiology department in various hospitals of our Congregation. Tirelessly and attentively she committed herself to the people, entrusted to her. From the prayer she drew the strength for her service.

From 1986 to 2006, Sister M. Theonette led the library in St. Sixtus Hospital in Haltern at See and she cared for the hospital chapel. In these activities she was able to accompany the patients and their relatives in many conversations with a good word.

In spring of 2006, Sister M. Theonette changed to St. Heriburg House, Münster. Her abilities to see and to hear worsened. She enjoyed, being in the chapel and she gave to God the prayers entrusted to her. In recent months her health problems deteriorated. Bravely and with great patience, she bore these complaints. For several weeks she was more and more dependent on help and care and the employees and her religious Sisters were pleased to provide this care for her. When she said goodbye to visitors, she often said: “Don’t forget to come back.”

Trusting God's merciful love and with great gratitude she returned her earthly life into the protective hands of God this morning, about 6:50 AM.

We are grateful to God for the life of our Sister M. Theonette 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.