Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Irmina

✝ Saturday, January 5th 2019


"Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world.  whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (john 8:12)

On the afternoon before the solemnity of the Epiphany, our dear Sister M. Irmina  Sühling died in St. Francis House, Nordwalde.  

Sister M. Irmina was born on November 2, 1928 in Groß Reken, district Borken. She entered our Congregation on January 29, 1949 and made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1951.

Until 1966, Sister M. Irmina committed herself in ‘St. Bonifatius Hospital’ in Lingen. From 1966 to 2009, she served in St. Joseph Hospital in Moers. Tirelessly and conscientiously, she committed herself in the gynecological ambulance for about 30 years. She always radiated benevolence and contentment. In 1995, Sister M. Irmina handed over this task to a younger Sister. She assumed the service in the hospital chapel and worked in the sewing room for about 14 years.

After disbanding the convent in Moers in the year 2009, Sister M. Irmina went to St. Joseph House in Hamminkeln-Dingden. As far as her health condition allowed, she provided little services and visited the residents.

In spring of 2013, Sister M. Irmina changed to St. Francis House in Nordwalde. She enjoyed the community life and she was very fond of doing needlework; in particular she enjoyed to embroider tablecloths. She was delighted by nature and she loved going for a walk in the grove. Sister M. Irmina was a very content and humble Franciscan Sister. Believing and trusting, she walked the path of a disciple of Christ in Franciscan simplicity. She was often found in the Chapel and she gladly brought before the Lord the concerns of our Congregation of the church and the world.

In the past few months, Sister M. Irmina became visibly weaker and she was dependent upon help and care. This loving care given to her did her good. Because of a cold, she stayed in bed for days. Yesterday afternoon, about 4:00 PM, Sister M. Irmina was called home to God; for us, this was unexpected.

We trust that Sister M. Irmina 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. Irmina and ask for a remembrance in prayer for her.