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 the merciful love of Jesus Christ, the earthly life of our dear Sister M. Hilda, the former Maria Wittrock, was completed on December 3, 2019 in St. Anna Stift, Lohne-Kroge.
Sister M. Hilda was born on April 9, 1923 in Steinfeld, district Vechta. She entered our Congregation on August 8, 1947 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1950.
According to the apostolate of our Congregation, Sister M. Hilda studied the profession of nursing. After she learned nursing, until the year 1966, Sister M. Hilda served as a nurse in various hospitals.
From 1966 - 1994, Sister M. Hilda served in 'St. Elisabeth-Hospital’ in Recklinghausen, in St. Francis Hospital in Ahlen, in St. Mary’s Hospital in Osterfeld and in St. Joseph Hospital in Moers in the operating room or in the surgical outpatient department . In 1994, Sister M. Hilda changed to St. Ludgerus-Stift in Billerbeck. Here, she committed herself at the visitor’s entrance.
Her life was marked by a deep faith and a deep unity with Christ. With great personal attention and empathy, she lovingly and competently cared for the patients, entrusted to her.
For about 13 years, she lived as a Senior Sister in 'St. Anna-Stift' in Lohne-Kroge, near to her home town. She had a cordial relationship with her siblings. She lovingly cared for her older sister, who lived in Steinfeld in the nursing home.
For some time past, Sister Hilda was experiencing increased health problems and more care became necessary for her. She trusted God’s merciful love. This morning, about 7:15 AM, Sister M. Hilda returned her earthly life to God, in the hope of eternal life and perfection in God. We know that she is now safe and secure in God's love and peace.
Grateful for the life of Sister M. Hilda in the healing ministry of our Congregation, we say our farewells from our Sister. We know that she is now called to eternal communion with the Lord. In prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist, we remain united with her.