Sr. M. Theodora Silaen FCJM
Sr. M. Theodora Silaen FCJM was born on February 10, 1939 in Silaen Lumbanmual. She is the 4th child of the nine children from Samuel Silaen and Rosida Panjaitan. At the of nine Theodora Silaen chose to be baptized in the Roman Catholic Church of Stasi Silaen. Five years later, she joined the community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (FCJM). On October 4, 1957, she began her Postulancy in Balige. A year later, on August 22, 1958 she entered her Novitiate in Balige. After two years her initial formation, on August 22, 1960, Sr. Theodora took her first vows as the beginning of her Juniorate. Six years in her Juniorate, on July 25, 1966, she professed her final vows.
Sr.Theodora is a faithful FCJM rose. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in Religious Life on August 22, 1983 in Balige, her 40th year on August 20, 1998 at Balige, and her Golden Jubilee on August 20, 2008 in Monteluco, Pematangsiantar. This coming December 8, 2018, she supposed to celebrate her 60th year anniversary of her Religious Life together with her two classmates. However, God plans otherwise. God prepares a greater banquet and jubilee in heaven for Sr. Theodora.
Her life's motto is "I can bear all things in Him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13). This scripture passage is carved in her Final Vows ring. Sr. Theodora devoted her whole life to becoming a true servant of God and lived out her motto. She entrusted everything to her Lord without any complains. Even during her suffering moment, she bore it in silent and prayer. She received the Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick from Father Tinto Hasugian, O.Carm., in St. Clare’s Community.
A few days after receiving the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, she felt so weak. She really suffered greatly from her sickness. The Sisters from Gratia community, St. Clara Community, Postulants and Aspirants accompanied her more intensively. As her dear Sisters, they accompanied her in prayer and love. On October 11, 2018, at 2:30 AM, she breathed her last breath peacefully accompanied by the prayers of the Sisters, Postulants and Aspirants. Her body is lying in repose in Gratia community, Monteluco from October 11-13, 2018. And the burial was held in Sinaksak, Pematangsiantar, the FCJM Sisters’ Cemetery.
Safe trip to Heaven, Sister! Thank you so much for your sincere dedication to our Congregation. May you rest in peace. All Saints are welcoming you with great joy and praise. Your deep prayer life, humility, patience, hospitality, assertiveness, discipline, responsibility, faithfulness, and your persevering devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will live in our hearts and grow fruitfully. You are truly the daughter of the FCJM who is strong in striving and submitting your own will to the will of God.
"I can bear all things in Him who gives me strength"
Have a peaceful trip to Heaven Sister Theodora…
Pray for us your Sisters who are still struggling in this world, hopefully we can live after your life example.