Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Johannis Westrich

✝ Monday, October 15th 2018

"I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live." (John 11:25)

God, the Lord, called our dear Sister M. Johannis, the former Agnes Westrich, home to His eternal joy on October 15, 2018.

Sister M. Johannis was born on February 22, 1934 in Hervest-Dosten. She entered our Congregation on January 30, 1960. With professing first vows, she followed the invitation of Jesus, to give her life totally to Him, to follow His word and to serve the people.

When Sister M. Johannis entered the Congregation, she was a trained pediatric nurse. In the Congregation she made the exam as a general nurse in St. Francis Hospital. From 1971 to 1988, Sister M. Johannis worked in various hospitals in the pediatric ward. Later she assumed the responsibility of being the head nurse at the children's ward of St. Francis Hospital. She enjoyed great trust among all employees and she gave a lot of love to the sick children.

In 1993, Sister M. Johannis changed to Nordwalde. Here she served for 23 years in St. Augustine center - home for the elderly - in the sacristy. She also accompanied and assisted an elderly blind priest. She enjoyed, having contact with the residents and to accompany them. Sister M. Johannis was a prayerful and joyful franciscan Sister.

Long ago, Sister M. Johannis had to undergo treatment for cancer. Confidentally and patiently she bore the painful symptoms of the therapy. As far as possible, she participated in the daily routine. In deep faith and trust in God, she continued to walk the path of a disciple of Christ. She always showed a great interest in all happenings within the Congregation, the parish and the world. Later, when her strength diminished, Sister M. Johannis was completely dependent upon help and care. She always felt secure in the good hands of God.

With love and gratitude we take our farewells from Sister M. Johannis. We remember her in prayer and we are confident that her life is completed in God.