Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
Luke 4:18 (from the liturgy of the feast St. Anthony of Padua)
Trusting God’s love and mercy, our dear Sister M. Beatis, the former Gertrud Zedler, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis died St. Francis House, Nordwalde, this morning, July 4, 2019.
Sister M. Beatis was born on April 4, 1931 in Ponzwitz, Lower Silesia. She entered our Congregation on January 27, 1956 and made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1958.
For decades, Sr. M. Beatis placed her life in the healing ministry of our community. After completing her nursing exam, she first served in St. Marien-Hospital in Bottrop. In 1964 she changed to St. Marien-Hospital in Steinfurt-Borghorst. When 'St. Bernhard Hospital' was opened in Kamp-Lintfort in 1967, she assumed the responsibility of being the head nurse of the internal male ward. Vitality, kindness, benevolence and contentment, marked by a deep trust in God and joyful creativeness, characterized her life. She had a great devotion to Mother Mary and St. Anthony of Padua. In 1998, Sister M. Beatis went to St. Joseph's House in Seppenrade. Here she committed herself in in the care of the older Sisters and in the care of the Sisters in need of assistance.
In 2014, Sister M. Beatis changed to St. Francis House, Nordwalde. There she settled well and she enjoyed the community life. She was very close to nature, had good contacts to relatives and had wide interests. Sister M. Beatis was a very positive Sister. Every now and then a humorous joke fells from her lips. She was always interested in all happenings within the world, church, familiy and interested in politics. She gladly carried many concerns to God in prayer.
Later, when her strength diminished, she lived in the care sector. In the last few weeks, her life energy failed more and more and Sister M. Beatis was completely dependent on help. She was lovingly accompanied by the employees and her religious sisters. This morning, at 9:35 AM, Sister M. Beatis returned her earthly life into the protective hands of God.
We say our farewells to Sister M. Beatis, grateful to God for the gift of her life in our Congregation and for all her kindness. Trusting God’s goodness, and firmly believing, that He will receive her into the eternal home, we think of her in our prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.