Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
“I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” (Jn: 20,17d)
This morning, April 15, 2020, suddenly and unexpectedly, died our Sister M. Flavina Kortenbreer called Sand Schulte, in St. Franziskus-House in Nordwalde.
Sister M. Flavina was born on April 2nd, 1933 in Riesenbeck and joined our Congregation on August 11, 1956. She made her first profession on May 3, 1959.
Sister M. Flavina was trained as a nurse in 1960. From 1960 to 1969 she was at the St. Leo-Stift in Essen Oldenburg, and from 1969 to 1971 in the St. Laurentius Hospital in Waltrop. In August 1971 she moved to the St. Anna Foundation in Löningen Oldenburg, where she worked for almost 47 years, initially as a nurse and later as Station manager in the gynecological ward. She was very fond of the patients entrusted to her and showed a lot of understanding. Sister M. Flavina was valued and respected in her quiet and humble manner. In autumn 1993 she gave up the station management. She then took on household chores in the refectory and took good care of her fellow sisters. At the same time, she was appointed to the Convent Council from 2002 to 2018.
The Convent in the St. Anna Clinic in Löningen was closed in spring 2018. With a heavy heart Sister M. Flavina said goodbye to Löningen. She found a new home as a resident in the St. Franziskus Haus in Nordwalde. She settled well and was happy to be in the community. She was satisfied and very positive. She was always interested in her fellow sisters, the world, politics, church and family. She was happy to take the concerns into her personal prayer.
A few weeks ago, she suffered a broken femoral neck and did not recover from it. She was weak and bedridden, but very patient. This morning she put her life back in the protective hands of God.
We thankfully say goodbye to Sister M. Flavina. We thank God for her life in our community and for all the goodness. Trusting in God's goodness and firmly believing that He will receive her into the eternal home, we remember her in prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.