Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Ruthildis Rieping

✝ Sunday, December 15th 2019


Rejoice in the Lord always. I always. I shall say it again: rejoice!
The Lord is near.  
(Phil 4:4-5)

On Sunday Gaudete, December 15, 2019 our dear Sister M. Ruthildis, the former Martha Rieping, returned her life into God’s hand.

Sister M. Ruthildis was born on June 2, 1926 in Everswinkel. She entered our Congregation on August 3, 1951 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1954.

In 1954, Sister M. Ruthildis successfully completed her studies as a nurse. In the hospitals in Ennigerloh, Altenberge, Recklinghausen and Recke, she gained experience in the various medical fields of a nursing profession.

From 1960 to 1974, she worked on the gynecological and in the inner department St. Willehard Hospital in Wilhelmshaven and from 1974 to 1990 in the Hospital in Emstek. Then she served for a few months in the refectory in the convent in Steinfurt-Borghorst. From 1991 – 2019, she assumed the responsibility for the refectory in "Maria-Hilf" in Telgte.

On March 6, 2019, she changed to our St. Heriburg House for health reasons. Sister M. Ruthhildis loved her ministry in the nursing care. With her cheerful and sometimes humorous nature and her kindness she encouraged the sick, the staff and the sisters. She enjoyed the time together with our sisters during prayer times, in recreation and in the refectory. Sister M. Ruthildis sought the silence and private prayer, she enjoyed beautiful literature and kept herself fit by crossword puzzles. She maintained good contacts with her family. Her nature was characterized with contentedness and a deep union with Christ.

Over the past months, Sister M. Ruthildis did not feel well. On December 12, 2019, she was again admitted to St. Francis Hospital and she felt, that the coming of the Lord was near. With a ready heart and strengthened by receiving the Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick, she went to meet her Lord.

We thank Sister M. Ruthildis for her life with us as a Hospital Sister of St. Francis in the discipleship of Jesus Christ. We know that she is now safe and secure in the joy of God. We remember her in prayer and in the Eucharistic celebration and remain united with her.