Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
"I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”
After about one month being cared for in the Hospice, our Sister Philomena died at 11:52 on September 27, 2018 after 87 years of life. About 9:30 AM of that day her blood pressure dropped down, and became unstable. While Sisters gathered around her bed and prayed, she looked as smiling, and then peacefully took her last breath.
Sister M. Philomena was born on November 25, 1930 and was raised in Kyoto. She worked as a nurse and midwife. When she was 24 years old, she was baptized as a catholic. She treasured the Word of Evangelist St. John; “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”, as the chapter 11 verse 25 matches to her birthday November (11) 25.
She entered our community 1959 and professed her first vows 1962, then she served as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, Himeji for about 10 years. When we opened “Easter Village” in Ashikaga city for the disabled children, she was sent there as one of the first members. Later she took the responsibility of administrator, and also accepted the role of the convent superior from 1979 to 1985. She returned to Himeji for a few years, then again was sent to Ashikaga. She was transferred to Tokyo in 1999; served there till 2008 and then came to Himeji. She was also cared for in the nursing home “Maria Villa” and St.Mary’s Hospital.
She was a very exacting person in anything she did. The last years, it was sometimes hard for her to communicate, but she could express “it’s beautiful!”, and “Thank you!”
In our chapel in the retreat house, a wake service was held for her, on September 28 and on the 29th we had a funeral Mass celebrated by Father Fujiwara, OFM. Cremation followed and her ashes returned home in a urn and placed in our chapel.We are convinced that she is now enjoying heavenly peace with God the Father.