Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Ludolpha Dymek

✝ Sunday, August 11th 2019


Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.
(from the Liturgy on the day of death)

On August 11, 2019, God took our dear Sister M. Ludolpha Dymek, the former Elisabeth Dymek,  home into His eternal glory.

Sister M. Ludolpha was born on May 1, 1922 in Klein Rauden, district Ratibor. She entered our Congregation on February 6, 1943. With her first profession of vows on May 3, 1946, she followed Jesus’ invitation, to give herself totally to Him, to follow His word and to serve the people. 

Sister M. Ludopha committed herself in various hospitals of our Congregation. From 1971 to 2007, she worked in St. Elizabeth-Hospital in Recklinhausen in the physical department. She had an outgoing personality. Lovingly, sensitively and understandingly, she met her patients. She was a motherly and very kind woman. Sister M. Ludolpha enjoyed good relations with the staff. She was whole-heartedly devoted to them and to her relatives. Personal prayer and the sacred scriptures were the sources of strength for her ministry.

In the spring of 2008, she changed to 'St. Josefshaus', Lüdinghausen-Seppenrade. Even as a senior Sister she did many little services. Despite her visual impairment, she accompanied the liturgical prayer times in the chapel with her excellent organ playing.

In summer 2015, because of increasing health problems, Sister M. Ludolpha transferred to St. Francis House, Nordwalde. Here too, as far as possible, she accompanied the prayer times on the organ. She was always interested in all happenings within the Congregation, the world and the parish.

On TV, she enjoyed watching the sports news, especially the tennis games. In the last few weeks, she was completely dependent on help and care. Sister M. Ludolpha was a prayerful and joyful franciscan Sister and she always felt secure in the good hands of God.

On August 11, 2019, on the feast of St. Clare, at about 8:50 AM, Sister M. Ludolpha slept away peacefully.With love and gratitude we take our farewells from her. We remember her in prayer and we are confident that her life is completed in God.