Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Augustini Bertels

✝ Friday, December 2nd 2022

My God and My All!  (St. Francis)

After a contented life, our God and Lord, called to Himself our dear Sister M. Augustini Bertels, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis.                    

 Born: September 24, 1936

Entrance: October 9, 1959                                                         

Profession: May 3, 1962

Died: December 2, 2022

Sister M. Augustini grew up with her seven siblings on the family farm Bertels in Landersum near Neuenkirchen. she went to school here and then received local training in a parish household. 

At the age of twenty-three, she joined our Congregation and completed the nursing school at St. Franziskus Hospital in Münster and later trained as a nursing manager at the German Red Cross in Göttingen. She also attended a two-year seminar to prepare for the office of superior at the German Religious Leaders Conference. This marked her professional path in the religious community.  Sister M. Augustini was first a nursing director in Lünen and then for six years each as superior and nursing director in Bottrop and in Sendenhorst. From 1988 to 2002, she was the last superior of the convent at St. Franziskus Hospital in Münster. After her replacement, Sister M. Augustini was involved in the hospice in Recklinghausen and in the care of the elderly in Sendenhorst and Everswinkel. For reasons of age, she retired in 2012 to the Sisters' Convent Maria-Hilf in Telgte and in 2018 moved to the St. Franziskus-Haus retirement and nursing home in Nordwalde, where she gave her life back into God's hands in the midday hours of December 2.

We have come to know and appreciate Sister M. Augustini as an open and caring sister who radiated the Franciscan spirit of hospitality. This was the basis of her leadership. 

Gratefully we take leave of Sister M. Augustine.   In prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist we remember her and remain united to her.

On Thursday, December 8,2022 at 2.00 p.m. we will celebrate the Eucharist in the Motherhouse Church in Muenster.  This will be followed by funeral service in the Sisters’ cemetery.  Afterwards we can share our memories of her at coffee table at the Motherhouse.  Due to the Corona Pandemic, the usual rules apply.