Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits and I hope for his word,
My soul looks for the Lord, more than sentinels for daybreak.
In faithful reliance on the resurrection and on Christ’s love and mercy, the earthly life of our dear Sister M. Medula the former Josefa Kruse was completed on May 25, 2019 in St. Anna Stift, Lohne-Kroge.
Sister M. Medula was born on March 6, 1938 in Steinfeld, district Vechta. She entered our Congregation on August 13, 1960 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1963. In accordance with the apostolate of our Congregation, Sister M. Medula studied nursing. After completing her nursing exam, she served as a nurse and head nurse in various hospitals. Sister M. Medula was a very helpful and cheerful Sister and she was highly respected.
From 1985 – 2016, Sister M. Medula served in St. Sixtus-Hospital in Haltern on the Lake. She worked tirelessly in her straightforward and realistic way for the welfare of patients and staff entrusted to her. With her loving and humorous nature and her outgoing personality, she radiated as an authentic Franciscan cordiality, benevolence and contentment. Deep faith and a close union with Christ characterized her life. Sister M. Medula walked humbly the path of a disciple of Christ.
In her free time, she often visited the grave of the deceased brother of the German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who is buried in the cemetery in Haltern on the lake. The visit of Chancellor Kohl to the convent years ago was a special honor for Sister M. Medula and the Sisters.
Because of increasing health problems, Sister M. Medula changed to St. Anna Stift in Lohne-Kroge in summer of 2016. Soon she was more and more dependent upon help and care.
Marked by profound faith in God, Sister M. Medula awaited the coming of her Savior and Redeemer. He called her home to eternity after a long period of suffering this early morning, about 2:40 AM.
Grateful for the life of Sister M. Medula in the healing ministry of our Congregation, we say farewell to her. We know that she 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.