Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Ambrosina Bettmer

✝ Wednesday, December 25th 2019

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord”.

(Luke 1:38)

On the first Christmas Day, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Messiah, called our dear Sister M. Ambrosina to His eternal peace.

Sister M. Ambrosina was born on March 22, 1930 in Laer, district Steinfurt. She entered our Congregation on February 7, 1958 and made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1960.


She initially worked as a nurse in various hospitals. From 1969 to 1970 she participated in a seminar in preparation for leadership tasks in hospitals. In 1973, the superior ministry and the head-nurse ministry at St. Francis Hospital was given to her. From 1982 to 1992, she served in St. Elizabeth-Hospital in Meerbusch-Lank and from 1992 to 1998 in St. Josef-Stift in Sendenhorst in these ministries. Sister M. Ambrosina was whole-heartedly devoted to the sisters and the staff. She lived and served in the faith in the presence of God and she was highly respected and valued.


On the General Chapter 1976, Sister M. Ambrosina was elected as General Councilor and she served in this ministry for 6 years. With sensibility, wisdom and a ready heart, she committed herself to all concerns of the Congregation and the German Province.


In autumn of 1998, Sister M. Ambrosina changed to St. Josefshaus in Seppenrade. As long as her strength allowed her, she assumed gladly household duties. Believing and trusting, she walked the path of a disciple of Christ in Franciscan simplicity.

Because of her declining health, it became necessary, that Sister M. Ambrosina changed to St. Heriburg House in Münster. In recent years she went through a physical and mental frailty. She was very grateful for any care. She patiently accepted the last phase of her life, waiting for Christ, the Risen Lord. He called her home into the eternal Father-House yesterday evening, about 9:30 PM, in the presence of her priest-brother, who accompanied her in prayer.


We know that Sister M. Ambrosina is now admitted to share in the Easter glory of Christ. With love and gratitude we say our farewells to her. In prayer, we commend her to the presence and goodness of God.