Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Urbanis Grömping

✝ Friday, October 26th 2018

Jesus speaks: "Remain in me, as I remain in you." (John 15:12)

Yesterday afternoon, October 26, 2018, the earthly pilgrimage of our dear Sister M. Urbanis, the former Maria Grömping, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis was completed.

Sister M. Urbanis was born on November 29, 1936 in Rhade near Dorsten. She entered our Congregation on August 15, 1958 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1961.

Sister M. Urbanis walked the path of a disciple of Christ in our Congregation with great faith in God; she was always ready to be of help.  For many years, Sister Urbanis served as a dietitian in various canteen kitchen; among other missions, she committed herself in the food service in St. Marien-Hospital in Lobberich, in St. Antonius-Hospital in Schwalmtal-Waldniel and in St. Elisabeth-Hospital in Meerbusch-Lank. She was very devoted to the employees.

In the autumn of 1994, Sister M. Urbanis returned to the Motherhouse, Here she committed herself for about half a year in the refectory for the welfare of the Sisters. From April 1995 to 2000 she served in the Motherhouse at the visitor’s entrance. Then she committed herself for about sixteen years at the Provincialate entrance and welcomed all visitors with great friendliness and cordiality. As from 2016, by the hour, she assumed domestic duties in the Provincialate. With her modest and helpful manner she was highly respected.

Sister M. Urbanis gladly committed herself in the sisters' liturgies as a lecturer and she accepted many prayer hours in the Adoration Chapel. She gladly brought the concerns of her family, of our Congregation, of the Church and the world in prayer to God.

Sister M. Urbanis suffered from cancer. Bravely and with great patience she bore her illness. Only a few weeks ago, she celebrated her 60th entrance anniversary in her home parish, together with her family and she enjoyed this very much.

A few days ago, Sister M. Urbanis was hospitalized at St. Francis Hospital. Her condition worsened. Well-prepared, she went to meet the incarnate and risen Christ yesterday afternoon at 3:00 pm. 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.

With gratitude, we say our farewells to Sister M. Urbanis. We express our deepest sympathy to her sister, our Sister M. Agnesa. We know that Sister Urbanis 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.