My name is Sabine Ritter. I am a consecrated diaconal sister from Hanover, Germany. I grew up in a small town in the former German Democratic Republic. In this town I went to school, and later I studied to become a nurse. After the fall of the wall I moved to Hanover and started to work in a Lutheran hospital and had my first contacts with my sisterhood.
After I joined the diaconal sisterhood I have worked as a nurse in different departments and educated in professional and spiritual ways.
For the past seven years I have mainly worked as a spokesperson for the sisterhood. In this ministry I can look after the nurses from their beginning in the community until they leave the sisterhood.
I support the professional and diaconal training in our own health and nursing school. Spiritual support and their counseling for all sisters are dear to my heart. I accompany the sisters in their ministry in the hospitals, in their time of being in a family and particularly our retired sisters. Organizing and the implementation of retreats, study tours, diaconal activities and services, projects, publicity and meetings and all the paperwork are a part of my duties.
An important task is the networking with other sisterhoods in the umbrella association. There are diaconal seminars for students and for sisters, occupation policy and the work for DIAKONIA. For the past four years I have been the Secretary of the DRAE region and enjoy learning about the manifold ways of diakonia.