Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Congratulations Sister M. Gerburg Aufderheide, O.S.F.


Sister Gerburg arrived in India on January 26, 1974.   She went to the village of Pithora, 100 km from Raipur, and the capital city of Chhattisgarh.  Her dream of being a missionary began to be realized as she reached the remote village Pithora.

Initially, she cared for the sick and for abandoned children.  Later on, she was an active and positive influence for the religious formation of the young Indian women who joined the congregation.

She faced multiple challenges: language, culture, and primitive living conditions.  She identified with the poor. Pithora has been her home for 44 years.  She has become one with the Indian People.    

She lives the Franciscan Spirit of hospitality and simplicity.  She is always ready to extend her hand to those in need, thus fulfilling the charism of the congregation:  To be the healing presence of Christ.

On June 9, 2018, Sister Gerburg celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Religious Profession (60 years professed) in India.  Sister Gerburg joined the Congregation in Münster and professed her first vows in1958.  Sisters of her class celebrated the Jubilee in Münster, in April this year. Sister Gerburg did not join the group in Münster, as she wanted to celebrate her jubilee with her Sisters in India.

Sister M. Beata and Sister M. Margarete, from the General Leadership, participate in the jubilee celebration in India.  Prof. Dr. Michael Möllmann, Münster, is also in Pithora for the celebration.

We congratulate Sister Gerburg on her diamond Jubilee!  May she be blessed as she continues to serve in India!