Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Burgunda

✝ Friday, January 11th 2019


My times are in your hands. Now I can be calm, calm in you, my God. (German prayer Book. No 818)

Relying on God’s love and mercy, our dear Sister Burgunda Hendricks died in St. Heriburg House in Münster.                                                                                                                                                             Sister M. Burgunda was born on July 31, 1923 in Sevelen. She entered our Congregation on January 25, 1946 and made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1948.                                                            First, Sister M. Burgunda graduated as a nurse. In 1954, she began her academic studies of pharmaceutics at the University of Münster. In summer of 1958, she gained her license to practice as a pharmacist. From 1958 to 1979, Sister M. Burgunda led the hospital pharmacy in St. Francis Hospital in Münster.                                                                                                                                                       On the General Chapter 1970, Sister M. Burgunda was elected as General Councilor of our International Congregation for a 6-year term. With prudence, wisdom and a ready heart, she advisorily committed herself to all concerns of our Congregation.                                                                                            From 1979 to 1987, Sister M. Burgunda lived in our Japan Province. During this time she served in Tokyo in Francesco Villa, a senior citizens' home. She gladly talked about this time.                                  Returning to Germany in 1987, she committed herself in St. Bonifatius-Hospital in Lingen, in the Christian voluntary hospital aides. Due to her balanced nature, she was very popular and well respected.                                                                                                                                                     In spring of 2014, Sister M. Burgunda changed to St. Heriburg House. In accordance with her vocation, she was loyal to her faith journey. Sister M. Burgunda was very interested in all happenings within our International Congregation, in the Church and the world and she carried all concerns entrusted to her in prayer to God.  She remained as a very humble, modest and content Sister.  Being visually impaired, Sister M. Burgunda was more and more dependent on help and care and she was very thankful for the care given to her. Yesterday evening, about 8:45 PM, God called her home.We know that she is now safe in the love and peace of God. This is a comfort to us. We say our farewells to Sister M. Burgunda, grateful to God for the gift of her life. May God reward her all her goodness. We remember her in our prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.