Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
Joy in the LORD is our strength! (Neh 8,10)
God, the Lord over life and death called our dear Sister home to His eternal joy on February 17, 2020 in St. Anna Stift, Lohne-Kroge.
Sister M. Gerwigis was born on February 22, 1929 in Lohne, district Vechta. She entered our Congregation on August 12, 1960 and made her first profession of vows von May 3, 1963.
Sister M. Gerwigis graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Münster and practiced nursing in St. Walburga-Hospital in Ramsdorf and St. Josef Hospital in Liesborn until 1969.
In spring of 1969, Sister M. Gerwigis changed to St. Marien-Hospital, Vreden. Here, she served as supervisor of the men’s internal medicine ward. In autumn 1983, she went to Friesoythe to St. Marien-Hospital and served on the male surgical ward. With sympathy, understanding and love, she cared for the patients entrusted to her. With her kind, friendly and welcoming nature, she achieved peace in her surroundings. Sister M. Gerwigis was highly respected by many people because of her readiness to be of help.
In spring of 1992, Sister M. Gerwigis handed over the head nurse ministry to younger hands. In 1995, she transferred to St. Anna-Stift, Lohne-Kroge. In the refectory, she committed herself for the welfare of her religious Sisters. As an authentic Franciscan, she radiated cordiality, benevolence, gratitude and contentment. Her life was marked by deep faith and a close union with Christ. As an unpretentious and humble Sister, she walked the path of a disciple of Christ. Personal prayer and the sacred scriptures were repeatedly her sources of strength.
In the past few months, she was progressively dependent upon help and care and over the past weeks, her health condition noticeably deteriorated. This morning, at around 8:55 A.M., in the presence of some Sisters and relatives, God, to whom she consecrated her life, called her to eternity.
We are grateful to God for the life of our Sister M. Gerwigis and ask Him to reward her all her goodness during her life and to take her into the Father’s eternal dwelling. We will remember her in our prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.