Monday 24 July 2017

Funeral for earthquake tragedy nun Sister Clare Crockett to take place today

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett. Photo: Home of the Mother order/PA Wire
Sister Clare Theresa Crockett. Photo: Home of the Mother order/PA Wire

Joanne Fleming

The funeral of Sister Clare Crockett will take place today.

The 33-year-old nun was killed in last month's earthquake in Ecuador.

Bishop Donal McKeown will be one of the celebrants at the Mass, which will take place in the Long Tower Church in Derry at noon. Interment will follow in the City Cemetery. Three sisters from the Home of the Mother order, where Sister Clare was a member, are also expected to attend the funeral service.

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett, a member of the House Of The Mother Order which she joined in 2001, was one of six people who died when a four-storey building collapsed as the earthquake struck on April 17.

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett with a pupil at the Home of the Mother order school in Ecuador. Photo: Home of the Mother order/PA
Sister Clare Theresa Crockett with a pupil at the Home of the Mother order school in Ecuador. Photo: Home of the Mother order/PA
Sister Clare Theresa Crockett
The Home of the Mother order of a school in Playa Prieta, Ecuador. Photo: PA/Home of the Mother order

After her death the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust liaised with the Ecuadorian authorities and with the deceased's Order for the return of her body to Derry.

The former Nazareth House Primary School and St Cecilia's College pupil died as she tried to help children to safety when the earthquake hit.

Her remains arrived at Dublin Airport on Friday and were transported to her family home at Iona Park in the Brandywell area of the city. She is survived by her parents Gerard and Margaret, sisters Shauna and Megan, nephew Cahir and nieces Lily, Kayleigh and Maisy.

Fr Eamon Graham, of the Long Tower parish in Derry, said the family was relieved to have Sister Clare home.

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett (right) who was killed in the earthquake in Ecuador. Photo: Home of the Mother order/PA Wire
Sister Clare Theresa Crockett (right) who was killed in the earthquake in Ecuador. Photo: Home of the Mother order/PA Wire
Sister Clare Theresa Crockett Credit: Home of the Mother/Facebook

"There is a great sense of relief also in the local community," he said. "The community has shown sympathy with many people signing the book of condolence and I would expect a big turnout for Clare's funeral on Monday."

Belfast Telegraph

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