Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living being can escape.
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
(From the Canticle of the Sun / Saint Francis of Assisi
On the morning of the feast of St. Francis, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, called our dear Sister M. Maura, née Maria Alves, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis, home to His eternal peace.
Sister M. Maura was born on December 16, 1927 in Brockhausen, district Emsland. She entered our Congregation on April 15, 1952 and made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1954.
From 1956 to 1966, Sister M. Maura served as a head nurse in various hospitals. In 1966, she was asked to assume the ministry as house and convent superior in St. Laurentius-Hospital in Waltrop, as of 1971 in St. Marien-Hospital in Bottrop, as of 1977 in St. Camillus-Hospital in Duisburg-Walsum, as of 1983 in the ‘Marienheim’ in Straelen and as of 1992 in St. Cara-Stift in Lüdinghausen-Seppenrade. Lovingly and sensitively, Sister M. Maura cared for the patients entrusted to her. She showed a great deal of understanding to her religious sisters, to the employees, the patients and the residents. She was a good accompanist and very fond of all of them. Personal prayer and the sacred scriptures were the sources of strength for her ministry.
In autumn 2008, when the convent ‘St. Clara-Stift’ was closed, Sister M. Maura changed to the neighboring St. Joseph’s House. However, she continued to involve herself in voluntary service in ‘St. Clara-Stift’. She cared for the chapel, visited the residents regularly and she committed herself in the pastoral work. She also enjoyed working outside in the garden. She particularly enjoyed everything blooming.
In the past few weeks, her strength progressively diminished. Two weeks ago, following a hospitalization, Sister M. Maura changed to our Sisters Nursing Care Home St. Heriburg House. Bravely and patiently, she bore the increasing health ailments. God, the Lord over life and death, called our dear Sister this morning, about 11:15 AM home to the eternal Father-House.
We trust that Sister M. Maura is now gazing on Jesus Christ, the light of life! He will receive her in His glory and bring her to perfection in His love. With gratitude, we take our farewell from Sister M. Maura and ask for a remembrance in prayer for her.