Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Hildgund Pelzer

✝ Tuesday, August 20th 2019


My times are in God’s hands:
Now I will rest, rest in You.

Hymnal Gotteslob 818

On August 20, 2019 our dear Sister M. Hildgund, the former Ingeburg Pelzer, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis, died in St. Heriburg House in Münster.

Sister M. Hildgund was born on May 31, 1944 in Bottrop. She entered our Congregation on April 3, 1967 and made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1969.

Before her entrance in Community, she was trained as a nurse in St. Barbara-Hospital in Gladbeck. In 1972, she began her studies at the catholic University for social work and social pedagogy in Münster. In 1976, she successfully completed her studies and got the state recognition as social worker.

From 1976 to 1989, she worked in the hospital social work at St. Bernard Hospital in Kamp-Lintfort and supported the foundation of self-help groups of the 'Kreuzbund' for alcohol-dependant patients and their relatives. Even after their hospital discharge, she took care of these patients and their families in cases of social emergencies.

In October 1987, Sister M. Hildgund travelled to India and she supported with a 6-month visit visa the buildup of our missionary work there. From 1989 to 1992, she was appointed Directress of Novices in India.

In 1992, Sister M. Hildgund returned to Germany. In a social hotspot in Dortmund, Sister M. Hildgund assumed the ministry of an adviser for social services for the Caritas association Dortmund. Here she devoted herself wholeheartedly to people living on 'the edge of society'. 

At the General Chapter in 2000, Sister M. Hildgund was elected to the General Leadership of our International Congregation for six years. With prudence, knowledge, experience and a ready heart, she committed herself to all interests and concerns of our Congregation.

In June 2010, Sister M. Hildgund changed to St. Bernard Hospital in Kamp-Lintfort to work in the hospital pastoral care there. 

When Sister M. Hildgund worked in the department for pain therapy at St. Elisabeth Hospital in Dorsten in 2015, her serious illness started. In 2019,  she changed because of this disease to St.  Heriburg House. With much patience and in the strength of her union with Christ she accepted her increasing helplessness and need for care. She was always grateful for any support. This morning around 4:00 am, Sister M. Hildgund was called home by God.

We know that she is now safe and secure in the Iove and peace of God. That gives us consolation. We thank God for the life of our Sister M. Hildgund. Gratefully we say our farewells from her. We ask God to reward her all her goodness and in prayer, especially in the celebration of the Eucharist, we will remember her.