Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.Psalm 98
In the late evening of third Advent Sunday our dear Sister M. Paterna Marianne Thole was called home to God in St. Marien-Hospital, Vechta.
Sister M. Paterna was born on February 4, 1932 in Hamm, district Recklinghausen. She entered our Congregation on February 3, 1955 and made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1957.
For decades, Sister M. Paterna placed her life in the healing ministry of our community. She served as a nurse and as a supervisor in various hospitals of our Congregation. Lovingly and self-sacrificingly, she cared for the patients entrusted to her.
In Summer 1985, Sister M. Paterna changed to the Motherhouse. Here she committed herself to our Sisters in the sick Sisters’ department at St. Francis Hospital. She was whole-heartedly devoted to them. From autumn of 1989 onwards she worked in various Sisters Nursing Homes and committed herself caringly for our sisters in need.
From 1999 to 2008 she assumed the night watch in St. Ann Stift. As from the summer of 2011 she worked in the refectory. In a quiet way, she did her service and she did not speak much.
A long-term silent illness took her creativeness. As far as her strength allowed, she accompanied the seriously ill or dying Sisters in her own humble and quiet way. She gladly supported visually impaired Sisters in doing needlework. In the sheltered house passageway she observed, what was happening outside. Believing and trusting, she walked the path of a disciple of Christ in Franciscan simplicity.
About two weeks ago, she was hospitalized at St. Mary's Hospital, Vechta. Her health deteriorated noticeably. Relying on God’s faith, she awaited the coming of the Lord, who called her to himself last evening, about 9:15 PM.
May God reward her for all the good she realized in her life. May He receive her and bring her to perfection in HIS love. Gratefully we say farewell to our Sister and remember her in prayer and in the Eucharistic celebration.