Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Helmtrud Galla

✝ Tuesday, March 5th 2019


My time is in God's hands.
I can be calm now, calm in God.  
(Hymnal Gotteslob 818)

In faithful reliance on God’s merciful love, the earthly pilgrimage of our dear Sister M. Helmtrud, the former Elisabeth Galla,  Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis, was completed on March 5, 2019 in St. Heriburg House in Münster.

Sister M. Helmtrud was born on January 30, 1928 in Liebenberg, district Ortelsberg, East Prussia. She entered our Congregation on August 8, 1953 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1956.

After her first profession of vows, Sister M. Helmtrud served in various hospital as a pediatric nurse.

From 1961 to 1970, she served in ‘St. Maria-Josef-Hospital’ in Greven, from 1970 to 1975 in ‘St. Borromäus-Hospital’ in Leer, East Frisia, and from 1975 to 1988 in the Hospital ‘Maria-Hilf’ in Stadtlohn, always on the newborn unit. Lovingly she cared for the newborns entrusted to her and for their mothers.

In November 1988, Sister M. Helmtrud was asked to take care of our sick Sisters and our Sisters in need of care in the Convent 'Maria-Hilf" in Telgte.

Lovingly and kindly she did this service. Sister M. Helmtrud always had a song on her lips and she always found good words of consolation.

In December 2007, Sister M. Helmtrud changed to Münster to St. Heriburg House.

Over the past few years, she was increasingly dependend on help and care and she gratefully accepted the help. The apostolate of prayer was very important to her. She gladly carried all the concerns entrusted to her to God in prayer. For herself, she remained as a modest, unassuming and content Sister. In accordance with her vocation, she was loyal to her faith journey.

Last night, about 23:55 PM, she was called home by God into his heavenly kingdom.

We know that she is now safe and secure in the Iove and peace of God. That gives us consolation.

We say our farewells to Sister M. Helmtrud, grateful to God for her life. May He reward her all her goodness. In prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist we will remember her.