Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Beda Droździok

I was born in Klein Borek in Rosenberg in 1924 as the seventh of nine children in our family.Our parents had a small farm. My father was employed as a worker in road reconstruction. I received the Sacrament of Baptism, the First Holy Communion and Confirmation in the Corpus Christi Parish Church in Rosenberg. Previously, we walked to the church, it took an hour.

My parents were very religious. In the evening we prayed the rosary with my mother and - especially on winter nights -my father played hymns on his violin. Then we gathered with the whole family, that meant, we, the children, and our relatives who lived near our house, and sang together.

I had five sisters and three brothers. One of my younger sisters entered our Congregation a half year earlier.

I stayed at home to help my mother in the household and in caring for the children. We met the Franciscan sisters in Rosenberg, because they worked there in the hospital. In 1946, I followed the example of my younger sister, Sister M. Cantia, and entered the Congregation. The postulate and novitiate I spent in Ullersdorf. All together we were eight postulants.

In 1951, I made my first profession of vows.  I had my first assignment as a cook in St. Wilhelms-Hospital in the county of Glatz. Here I stayed for 23 years. Following that, I returned to the Provincial House in Ullersdorf. I was responsible for the farm and for all related work. For some time, I served as a cook in the convent in Elguth Proskau and in the home for the elderly in Groß Döbern. Until today, I am living in Groß Döbern. This year I celebrate my 65th anniversary of my first profession of vows. I thank the good Lord for the life in our Congregation.