Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
Remain in me, as I remain in you (John 15:4)
Early this morning, September 4, 2018, our dear Sister M. Auxilia, née Änne Schnödewind, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, completed her earthly pilgrimage in St. Heriburg House, Münster.
Sister M. Auxilia was born on April 3, 1926 in Mönchengladbach. She entered our Congregation on January 16, 1952 and made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1954.
Before her entrance in the Congregation, Sister M. Auxilia studied the profession of Nursing. She gladly worked as a nurse. Sister M. Auxilia served for many years as a surgery nurse in various hospitals of our German Province. In 1971, Sister M. Auxilia changed to ’St. Marien-Hospital’ in Hückeswagen. First, she worked in the surgery department, later she assumed the responsibility for the purchasing and the pharmacy distribution. After disbanding the convent in Hückeswagen in autumn 1987, Sister M. Auxilia committed herself in the hospital library at St. Josef-Hospital in Moers.
From January 1997 to December 2014, she lived in St. Bernhard-Hospital in Kamp-Lintfort. During this time she committed herself at the information desk in St. Bernhard-Hospital. With her outgoing personality, Sister M. Auxilia was very devoted to the patients and visitors.
Honestly and faithfully, she walked her path of a disciple of Christ. Sister M. Auxilia lived by faith in the presence of God, especially in the Eucharist, and in the common and personal prayer.
Over the past years, she was progressively dependent upon help and care. Therefore, she changed to our Sisters Nursing Home St. Heriburg House in Münster in December 2014. Here, she consciously prepared herself for going home to God. This morning, about 6:30 AM, Sister M. Auxilia died peacefully unto the Lord God, to whom she had dedicated her life.
May she now experience as reality, what she always knew to be true: that she will find her final perfection and her eternal home in heaven. We know that she is now called to eternal communion with the Lord. In prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist, we remember her and remain united with her.