Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Adelpha Dankelmann

✝ Wednesday, November 24th 2021

“Into your hands Lord, I commend my spirit,You have redeemed me Lord God of truth“.  Ps. 31:6


Trusting God’s merciful love, our dear Sister M. Adelpha Dankelmann returned her earthly life into His protective hands.

Sister M. Adelpha was born in Gronau on June 16, 1927. She entered our Congregation on August 8, 1953 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1956.

Sister M. Adelpha trained as a nurse in 1956. In 1962, she came to Gladbeck to the St. Barbara Hospital, where she was employed as a nurse in the surgical ward for 26 years. With great personal attention and empathy, she lovingly and competently cared for the patients.

In the spring of 1988, Sister M. Adelpha moved to St. Ludgerus-Stift, Billerbeck. Here she worked in the kitchen. In her helpful and kind way, she was recognized and loved by many around her. She was always concerned about the welfare of others and was interested in them.

From 2009 to 2018, Sister M. Adelpha resided as a senior at the Convent of Maria-Hilf, St.Rochus, Telgte. She loved to be in community with her Sisters while doing needlework. Her hobby was especially sewing for the bazaar, but also crocheting and knitting.

In 2018, Sister M. Adelpha changed to St. Heriburg House in 2018. True to her vocation, she was loyal in her faith journey. Personal prayer and the Holy Scriptures were always a source of strength for her. Gradually she was in need of care and help.  Grateful for the care given to her, she accepted the last phase of her life and waited for the coming of the Lord. She was ready when HE called her by name tonight at about 11:45 pm. 

We know that Sister M. Adelpha is safe in God's love and peace. May God reward her for all her goodness. We remember her especially in prayer and in the Eucharistic celebration.

Due to the current situation, the Eucharistic celebration will take place on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in the Motherhouse Church; Sister M. Adelpha will then be buried in our Sisters' Cemetery in Münster. Because of the Corona Pandemic, the usual Rules apply.