Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and do not be afraid."
And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone. Mt. 17:7-8
Relying on God’s love and mercy, our dear Sister M. Anthelma née Gertrud Rehling passed away in St. Anna-Stift, Lohne-Kroge, on August 6, 2018. For all of us this was unexpected and sudden.
Sister M. Anthelma was born on February 17, 1937 in Holdorf, district Vechta. She entered our Congregation on October 7, 1961 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1964.
First, after her profession of vows, Sister Anthelma served in the Motherhouse. Then she worked in various hospitals of our Congregation in the canteen kitchen. She lovingly cared for the well-being of the patients, residents and the Sisters. In spring 1982 she changed to 'St. Hedwigsheim' in Ibbenbüren-Püsselbüren. Here she initially worked in the kitchen. With her humorous nature she was popular and well respected. In 2014 she handed over the management of the kitchen to other hands. Then she committed herself in the dining room of the residents.
In April 2016 she changed to Lohne-Kroge to St. Anna-Stift. As far as possible she gladly assumed household duties. True to her vocation, she was loyal in her faith journey. She was very interested in all happenings within our Congregation, the church and world. Sister Anthelma carried all the concerns entrusted to her to God in her personal prayer. For herself, she remained as a modest, unassuming and content Sister. Personal prayer and the sacred scriptures were repeatedly her sources of strength.
During the night of August 6, 2018, God called her home. We know that she is now safe and secure in God’s love and peace. This is our consolation. We say our farewells to Sister M. Anthelma, grateful to God for the gift of her life in our Congregation. We ask Him to reward her all her goodness during her life and we think of her in our prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.