Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

2001 - 2007

January 1, 2002
The EURO currency is introduced for the European Union.

August 13, 2002
Closing of the Mission in Taiwan. The last two Sisters return to USA.

September 3, 2002
Japan celebrates 25 years as a Province.

April 26, 2003
The first convent in Korea is dedicated.

September 21, 2003
Director Msgr. Geelink celebrates Golden Jubilee of ordination to priesthood.

January 1, 2004
The German Province transfers 5 hospitals into a Foundation.

January 29, 2004
Msgr. Wilhelm Geelink dies after having occupied the position of Director for 35 years.

May 1, 2004
Installation of Father Michael Plattig, O. Carm., as Spiritual Director.

September 22 - October 13, 2004
First International Spiritual Renewal Cultural Exchange Program in Japan.

June 2005
Münster Diocese celebrates 1200 years Jubilee.

April 2, 2005
Death of Pope John Paul II.

April 19, 2005
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected as Pope Benedict XVI.

August 20-27, 2005
First International Treasurers Conference is held in Münster.

October 3, 2005
Father Michael Plattig, O. Carm., celebrates 25th Jubilee of Profession of vows.

December 8, 2005
Blessing of a new nursing home in Szczepanowice, Poland. Construction financed by the Congregational Grant Program.

April 8, 2006
First 3 candidates from Vietnam arrive in Japan.

September 5- 27, 2006
18th General Chapter At the beginning of the General Chapter, the Congregation numbers 1189 members:

  • German Province: 761
  • Polish Province: 144
  • American Province: 131
  • Japan Province: 57
  • Indian Region: 96

September 14, 2006
Sister Sherrey Murphy elected as 10th General Superior.
General Chapter approves the revised General Constitutions.

July 6, 2007
Approbation of revised General Constitutions given by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

More information on our history will follow.