Sunday 22 January 2017

Earthquake victim Sr Clare had 'never stopped dreaming'

Sarah MacDonald

Published 03/05/2016 | 02:30

The coffin of Sister Clare Crockett, who was killed in an earthquake in Ecuador, is carried into Long Tower Church in Derry yesterday. Photo: Niall Carson
The coffin of Sister Clare Crockett, who was killed in an earthquake in Ecuador, is carried into Long Tower Church in Derry yesterday. Photo: Niall Carson
Sister Clare Crockett. Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire

The Irish nun who lost her life in the devastating earthquake in Ecuador never stopped dreaming, mourners at her funeral were told.

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Sr Clare Theresa Crockett (33) was remembered as a vivacious and fun-loving woman who believed that "a life given in loving sacrifice is never wasted".

The young nun died when a powerful earthquake ripped through Playa Prieta last month collapsing the school where she worked.

Hundreds of mourners, among them members of her order, attended her funeral Mass at the Long Tower Church in her native Derry yesterday.

Sr Clare was a member of the Spanish religious order, the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, and three young members flew in especially for the funeral, including another Irish member, Sr Karen from Co Mayo.

They joined three bishops, 10 priests, Presbyterian minister Rev David Lattimer, and the North's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, in expressing support and condolences to the Crockett family.

Addressing mourners, Bishop of Derry Dr Donal McKeown said that, like Jesus, Sr Clare had died young.

However he added that "a life given in loving sacrifice is never wasted".

"She was crazy enough to believe that this was the best possible way to live her life," he said, adding that the young nun had died doing what she believed, which he said was beautiful.

"That is very counter-cultural. In our culture, we are invited to stop dreaming. Realism, cynicism and despair are in vogue. We have been sucked in by a cynicism which confuses despair with realism," the bishop added.

Speaking outside the church, Mr McGuinness said Sr Clare "epitomised all that is good about young people" and paid tribute to her missionary work.

Irish Independent

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