Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Emelia Hövelbrinks

✝ Wednesday, July 27th 2022

Death is the gateway to life. (St. Francis)                          

The merciful God completed the life of our dear Sister M. Emelia Hövelbrinks.

Born:               October 25, 1933

Entrance:       April 3, 1954

Profession:      October 28, 1956

Died:                July 27, 2022

Sister M. Emelia was born as the daughter of Josef and Maria Hövelbrinks in Ramsdorf in the district of Borken and grew up on a farm. She also went to school there. Klara entered our religious community at the age of 21 and received the religious name Sister M. Emelia.

While still in the novitiate, she began nursing training and successfully passed the exam in 1957. We know Sister M. Emelia as a dedicated and conscientious surgical nurse. From 1959 - 1969 she worked in the central surgical ward of the St. Marien Hospital in Lünen and then took over the management of the surgery department at the St. Barbara Hospital in Gladbeck. In 1983 she switched to outpatient department of the St. Josefs-Stift in Sendenhorst. The education of the students was particularly important to her. When her strength was no longer sufficient for this service, from 2000 she took over the ministry of visiting and pastoral tasks in the elderly homes in Sendenhorst and Albersloh.

With the dissolution of the convent in Sendenhorst in October 2021, she went to the St. Franziskus-House in Nordwalde as a senior member, where she gave her life back into the hands of God on July 27, 2022.

Sister M. Emelia was an open sister with a wide range of interests, who felt responsible for the needs of the institutions in which she lived and worked beyond her area of ​​work. It was difficult for her to say goodbye to Sendenhorst. But she said yes to that and was able to live for a few more months in the community of St. Francis House.

With gratitude we say goodbye to Sister M. Emelia. In prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist we pray for her and remain united to her.

On Monday, August 1, 2022 we will celebrate the Eucharist for Sister M. Emelia in the chapel of St. Francis House and then say farewell to her at the community cemetery in Nordwalde, where she will find her final resting place. Afterwards we share our memories at coffee in St. Franziskus-House. Because of the corona pandemic, the usual rules apply.