Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
“The joy of the LORD is our strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Sunday, July 12, 2020, in the nursing home in Oppeln-Stephanshöh our dearest Sister M. Orikula Waloszek went home to the Father's house.
Sister M. Orikula is born on March 4, 1931 in Zwiastowice, County Prudnik, Silesia, Poland. She entered our Congregation on July 25, 1959 and professed her religious vows on Mai 3, 1962.
Sister M. Orikula began serving in our Congregation as a cook in the Home for retired priests in Pieszyce, where she worked from 1961–1973. After graduating from the state housekeeping school in Wroclaw, she worked in the kitchen of the nursing home for children in Ludwigsdorf for two years and then worked as a cook in the retirement home in Groß Döbern until 1987. In 1987, she moved to Bystrzyca Kłodzka, where she worked as a dietician in the hospital. After retirement she served until 2005, sisters and guests in our Guest House in Szczawno Zdroj. From 2005, she lived and worked in the convent in Kłodzko. As far as her strength allowed, she also served the sisters and visitors here.
Throughout the years of her life she was happy, devoted to her duties, served the sisters and patients, was energetic and patient. She willingly passed on her experience, knowledge and secrets of culinary art to the younger generation. Her health has deteriorated in the past two years. Sister M. Orikula drew strength from prayer, meditation and the Eucharist to endure her sufferings. Until the very end, she took part in community life and was interested in what was going on in the Congregation and in the Church. She enjoyed all the visits of the sisters from the other convent. She was closely connected to her family, who visited her a few days before her death.
Her physical strength has decreased more and more in recent months. Sister M. Orikula needed more nursing and medical care. For this reason, she was brought to the nursing home in Oppeln-Stephanshöh on July 9, 2020 to receive the necessary help. She accepted this new situation of good cheer. At around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, she peacefully fell asleep in the Lord.
We thank God for the life of our sister M. Orikula in our community and ask Him to reward her goodness with eternal peace. We remain connected to her in prayer.
We express our sincere condolences and prayerful support to the family and relatives of Sister M. Orikula.
The burial services will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 on 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the City Cemetery in Opole.