She passed away during the earthquake in Playa Prieta on April 16, 2016. ( - Fr. Following her years as a candidate and novice, she took her first vows on February 11, 2006. The sisters began pastoral work at Assumption Parish and School. Cantabria, Spain. [8] In 2020, miracles were attributed to her and there were calls for her to be made a saint. They cultivate the land with ancestral methods and live in great poverty. The work was hard, because, as the water subsided, it left several layers of mud. On April 16th in the Holy Mother Church, we celebrated the birthday of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, but in small communities of religious and lay members alike, spread throughout the world, we got together to view the new film “All or Nothing” to remember Sister Clare Crockett who was a Servant Sister of the Home of the Mother, who was killed along with five candidates in an earthquake … Clare Crockett was born in Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Official Website of the Home of the Mother. Neither her family’s pleas, nor her manager’s promises could stop her. Ecuador earthquake: Irish nun Sister Clare Crockett died trying to help others escape. On Good Friday, someone said to her, “Clare, today you have to go into the chapel. Why hasn’t anyone ever told me this before?” Clare had understood how much the Lord loved her and how much He had done for her. The domain and contents of this website belong exclusively to the Home of the Mother. She had given herself completely to Lord and she did so with all her strength. It was a simple gesture, but it was a changing point in her life. Sr. Clare and the group of young women who passed away were on the first floor. She was sent to the recently founded community in Guayaquil. The Home of the Mother is willing to remove any photograph or image published on this website if an adult, parent or legal guardian does not desire himself or his children to appear on the website. It was the example of a ‘blank check.’ Each day she would give a blank check to the Lord, so that He could ask of her whatever he wanted.” In Valencia, Sr. Clare’s main apostolate was attending the spiritual needs of terminally ill patients in the Hospital in Mislata. Data di nascita: 14/11/1982, Derry (Irlanda del Nord) Data di ingresso nelle Serve: 11/08/2001 Data dei voti perpetui: 08/09/2010 Data di morte: 16/04/2016, Playa Prieta (Ecuador) Sr. Kelly Maria Pezo recalls, “When she sang, she kept nothing back. [9][10] Also in 2020, a sister in her religious order has written a biography of her. The Servant Sisters had only been in Guayaquil for one year. Rivista Tracce. Not long after, she was in her room in an important London hotel, reading her taping schedule for the next day. ​ ​ THE mother of tragic Derry nun Sr Clare Crockett is to be laid to rest along side her daughter following her death on Sunday. The Sisters there give classes in a few different schools in very poor areas, and they work in a parish, evangelizing the youth and children. Madrid, Spain. After a brief career as a presenter and actress, she became a religious sister in the Sister Servants of the Home of the Mother in 2001, taking final vows in 2010. Spain. When she went back to Ireland, she participated as a secondary actress in the filming of “Sunday,” directed by Charles McDougall. Rome, Italy. They put on retreats, summer camps, weekly formation meetings, etc. Madrid, Spain. She took her perpetual vows on September 8, 2010. She seemed both joyful and superficial. The parish priest, Fr. Under the scorching sun or in the torrential rains, the Sisters visit the impoverished houses in the rural area to evaluate the basic needs of each family and thus be able to give them Jesus Christ and the hope of Eternal Life, together with food baskets, medicine, and many other solutions to their material problems. ( - “Mass for nun Clare Crockett killed in Ecuador earthquake” (2017, April 18). She got caught up again in the whirlwind of superficiality and sin that the world of cinema offered her. “Terremoto Ecuador. “Cambió una vida de película por la entrega a los demás”. There was a lot of work to be done, and the excruciating Ecuadorian heat, in addition to the various tropical diseases she suffered, was exhausting. - Home of the Mother (2016). Clare Teresa Crockett (14 November 1982 – 16 April 2016) was a Catholic nun and ex actress from Northern Ireland.[1][2]. The house collapsed completely, causing the death of a professed sister, Sr. Clare Crockett and five young women who were in their first steps of formation as Servant Sisters: Jazmina, Mayra, Maria Augusta, Valeria and Catalina. I continued in the same way. When she was still very young and with many things to learn, she arrived at her first assignment in the community at Belmonte, in Cuenca, Spain. It was so catchy.”. Sr. Clare also took part, trekking for hours through the treacherous paths with mud up to her knees and crossing the tributaries of the Amazon with water up to her chest, until she reached the humble villages of the Shuar, the greatly feared “Jivaroans” of long ago. I drank a lot, I smoked a lot, I began to smoke drugs. She worked as a theater actor, writer and director and for Channel 4. I could never tell. There the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother run a school, the Holy Family Educational Center, where poor children can receive a high quality, Catholic education, thanks to the sponsorship of many benefactors. All or Nothing: Sr. Clare Crockett (Documentary). To our surprise, the news of Sr. Clare’s death began to circulate on the mass media worldwide. Her way of singing reflected the way she lived. Suor Clare Maria della Trinità e del Cuore di Maria. La casa se derrumbó por completo, muriendo entre los escombros una hermana profesa, la Hna. At the end of that year I thought to myself, ‘I want to learn how to obey like her.’”, In October of 2012, Sr. Clare received a new destination where she would be able to put into practice her potential for evangelization: Ecuador. They had had guitar class and were about to pray the Rosary with the rest of the sisters and girls. Several times throughout the year, the Communities of Servant Sisters and Brothers of the Home of the Mother, along with a group of young people, would visit Puyo, located in the Ecuadorian Amazon, to evangelize. Sr. Clare spent only a few months in that house, because she was sent to the new community that was about to be opened in the United States, in Jacksonville, Florida, in October 2006. Clare joined them. She overflowed with enthusiasm for the Lord. For that reason, as soon as the water level began to recede, the Sisters got busy cleaning and trying to fix the disaster. ( - Cristina López Schlichting (2016, April 30). It was not easy to take the step. Afterwards, she was sent to the community that the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother were opening in Valencia, Spain. [11], Please help to establish notability by citing, Learn how and when to remove this template message,, "Derry nun among those killed in Ecuador earthquake", "UK nun killed trying to save friends from Ecuador earthquake", "Sister Clare Crockett: From 'wild' teen to selfless sister", "Tragic nun who died in Ecuador earthquake gave up wild teenage lifestyle to help the poor -", "Renewed calls for Derry nun Sister Clare Crockett, who died in an earthquake four years ago today, to be declared a saint", "Followers attribute miracles to Derry nun Sister Clare Crockett's intercession",, Irish Roman Catholic religious sisters and nuns, Articles with topics of unclear notability from May 2020, All articles with topics of unclear notability, Biography articles with topics of unclear notability, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 November 2020, at 16:45. ( - Nicola Ferrante (2016, April 21). “Clare Crockett”. Work tires you out, but even though I am tried, I hope to not feel sorry for myself and to keep giving.”. Suor Clare Crockett. Yet Clare had surrendered to Jesus Christ’s immense love for her, and there was nothing that would stop her. No 136. From the moment of her first vows, she served in the Servant Sisters’ communities in Belmonte, Cuenca (Spain), Jacksonville, Florida (USA), Valencia (Spain), Guayaquil (Ecuador), and Playa Prieta, Manabí (Ecuador). She knew that she had qualities: a great artistic talent, a beautiful voice, an attractive physical aspect, and an astounding personality. Clare Crockett, Actress: Sunday. Sister Clare. The Shuars live in small communities of no more than thirty people. Crockett was born in Derry in Northern Ireland. They remember her singing and singing, even to the point of losing her voice, and, even then, she continued to sing, in spite of the heat, fatigue, and migraines. ( - José Luis Restán (2016, April 28). “When I arrived in Ecuador, we were listening to the life of John Paul II, and in one of his apostolic visits they asked him, ‘Holy Father, are you tired?’ and he answered, ‘The truth is…I don’t know.’ It was my first week here in Ecuador and I wanted to use that quote from John Paul II not as my motto, but as my way of life here. Curiously enough, they had been talking about death during lunch that very day. It was a difficult apostolate, and it required a constant self-forgetfulness to try and understand the heart of each patient to guide them in the last moments of their lives. Clare Crockett was born in a Catholic family. Cantabria, Spain. Sr. Clare herself talked about the disposition she had when she reached Ecuador. Madrid, Spain. She was looking for sun and boys in Spain, and she found herself with a group of people who were celebrating intensely the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord. Sr. Clare Crockett: God’s Triumph over Circumstance. Sr. Clare began to show her special gift to reach the souls of children and young people, teaching them the truth and the love of the Lord, guiding them in the personal process to heal their interior wounds. On 16 April 2016, while she was playing the guitar and singing with her companions, the house where she was staying collapsed due to the 2016 Ecuador earthquake. [3][4][5] ( - Earthquake in Ecuador (2016, April 20). During the month-long spiritual exercises that she made during her novitiate, she received a grace to comprehend what the Lord had said one day to Saint Catherine of Siena: “You are the one who is not, and I am He who is.” It was something that transformed her interiorly and helped her, as she matured humanly and spiritually, to put the many gifts with which she was endowed at the Lord’s service for evangelization. She received the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, but, during her teenage years, she no longer frequented the Church. They worked with joy and generosity. One night, at a party, she overdrank once again. That was not what she was expecting. And when I would ask her to do something, her answer was always, ‘Of course!’ And on top of that, she was always observing to see what was needed and so offer to help. They were also worried about the many poor families in the area that had lost everything, or almost everything, as a result of the floods. On August 11, 2001, she gave her life to God as a candidate in the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. Clare had just taken her perpetual vows. Everything seems little to me: the lack of sleep, fasting, the heat, having to attend to the people… Everything that could be difficult fills me with joy, because it brings me closer to the Lord… I spent a good amount of time in front of the cross asking for the grace to never, never forget everything that the Lord and Our Lady have suffered for me.”, The earthquake that put an end to the lives of Sr. Clare and other five young aspirants, began at 6:58 P.M. on Saturday, April 16, 2016. This was the first wound in need of healing. It is hard work, because the girls arrive from difficult family situations that mark them painfully. He loves me! She entered the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother on August 11, 2001, at the age of 18. When she was vomiting in the bathroom, she felt that Jesus said to her, “Why do you continue to hurt me?” God’s presence was so strong that she could not ignore it. I didn’t have the strength to break with all these things, because I didn’t ask the Lord to help me.”. She died due to multiple injuries, in a community of Riochico, Portoviejo, Ecuador. Just two weeks before the start of a new school year, they found themselves with a school that was in a state of total disaster: all of the classrooms were flooded; the recently painted walls, chairs, tables, doors, and a large quantity of teaching materials were destroyed by the water, because the Sisters had not had time to rescue them. She worked in Spain, United States and Ecuador and was well-known for her exceptional interpersonal skills. News Tv2000. Clare Teresa Crockett (14 de noviembre de 1982 - 16 de abril de 2016) fue una monja católica y ex actriz de Irlanda del Norte. Clare Teresa Crockett (November 14, 1982 – April 16, 2016) was a Catholic nun and ex actress from Northern Ireland. ( - Fernández González, Concha (May-August 2018). Official Website of the Home of the Mother. This is shown in an e-mail she wrote to the founder of the Servant Sisters, Fr. On September 8, 2010, Sr. Clare came back to Spain from the United States to make her perpetual vows. BBC. On April 16th, 2016, there was a strong earthquake in Manabí (Ecuador), where there is a community of Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. Fred Parke, explains, “The children picked up on the enthusiasm that she had for the Eucharist. She took her first vows on February 18, 2006, taking the religious name of Sr. Clare Maria of the Trinity and the Heart of Mary. Pontifical Mission Societies. Milan, Italy. Cantabria, Spain. During the Good Friday liturgy, the faithful adore and kiss the Crucifix. The heavy quake caused the building to collapse, with four Sisters and seven girls inside. With the bloody struggles for Northern Ireland’s independence from the United Kingdom, the difficult atmosphere in Derry, her hometown, had wounded her heart deeply. Contemplating the events in hindsight, it seemed as though the Lord was preparing them.The earthquake began shortly after they had come back from Mass at the village’s parish. In 2011 Sr. Clare returned to Belmonte. Clare had to change many things in her life. Colum Power, SHM (2016, April 21). I continued with my friends, with my boyfriend. This time her superior was Sr. Ana Maria Lapeña, who very accurately sums up Sr. Clare’s spirituality in these words, “She gave everything with a great sense of humor.” Sr. Ana Maria admires to this day Sr. Clare’s obedience and affirms, “I still do not know what things she liked to do and what things were hard for her. Two years later, Sr. Clare was sent on a mission to another community in Ecuador: Playa Prieta. She herself explained, “At first, I was tempted to look back and say, ‘I want it back.’ But I understood that I had found an even greater love.”. The 33-year-old is one of at least 350 people killed in the 7.8-magnitude quake Madrid, Spain. Sr. Clare was born on November 14, 1982, in Derry, Northern Ireland. She understood that “Love is repaid by love alone,” and that the love the Lord asked of her meant a complete donation. Only five were rescued alive. El 16 de abril de 2016 se produjo un fuerte terremoto en la región de Manabí (Ecuador), donde las Siervas del Hogar de la Madre tenían una comunidad. After a religious experience on Good Friday 2000 she decided to become a nun and entered the convent of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Spain, where she had the name Clare Maria of the Trinity and the Heart of Mary. On April 16th, 2016, there was a strong earthquake in Manabí (Ecuador), where there is a community of Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. However, the Lord insisted on “pursuing” her. She expressed herself in these terms, “I lived very badly; I lived in mortal sin. Revista Ecclesia. At the age of 15, she had already been contracted to host a show for young people on Channel 4 – one of the biggest in the United Kingdom - and at the age of 17, the American channel Nickelodeon had shown interest in her. In the face of an extreme situation, they reacted with total donation. Official Website of the Home of the Mother. Rafael, on April 8, 2015: “Even though Good Friday is a sad day, I don’t know how to explain the joy and enthusiastic desire I have to suffer for the Lord. We began to receive messages of prayer and support, but above all, testimonies of people who had been touched by Sr. Clare’s story and had decided to return to the Sacraments and to live their faith with greater intensity. It was already dark. [6][7], The movie All Or Nothing summarizes her life. Fin de semana de la Cadena COPE. And when she lived, she kept nothing back.” Despite the hustle and bustle and joy that always surrounded her, as the years passed by, Sr. Clare’s need for silence and moments to be alone with the Lord increased.It was evident to the Sisters to what extent Sr. Clare was giving of herself. Very convinced, Sr. Clare had said, “Why should I be afraid of death, if I’m going to go with the One I have longed to be with my whole life?”. - EUK Mamie Foundation (2018). Cantabria, Spain. Sometimes the Sisters reached villages where the indigenous had never heard the Gospel and still practiced polygamy. Sometimes you get tired, of course! She spent the first days of the Holy Week Encounter sun bathing and smoking. ( - “Il sacrificio di suor Clare” (2016, April 20). Her zeal for souls, especially those of the youth, was immense. She felt such a great emptiness that she realized that her life had no meaning if she did not give it to Jesus Christ. Her superior, Sr. Isabel Cuesta, remembers: “Sr. In Holy Week of the year 2000, at 17 years of age, she arrived at a Home of the Mother Retreat. Due to the strong floods that in the previous days had devastated Playa Prieta, the Sisters had lived a very difficult week. There was practically no knowledge of the faith even in the villages which had occasionally received a visit from a priest and whose inhabitants were baptized.
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