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Derry nun killed in Ecuador earthquake described as a ‘beautiful person’

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Sister Clare Theresa Crockett (Photo: Facebook)

A DERRY nun who died in an earthquake in Ecuador on Saturday has been described as a beautiful person.

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett, 33, was based in Playa Prieta with the Home of the Mother order.

It is believed that she was teaching guitar to young children when the earthquake struck.

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The 7.8 magnitude quake – one of the worst the South American country has suffered – occurred in the Manta area on Saturday, April 16.

Over 270 people lost their lives in the earthquake and thousands were injured, with rescue operations still ongoing.

In a statement, her family said: “On Sunday 17th April, we lost our daughter, sister and aunt Sister Clare Theresa Crockett as a result of the earthquake in Ecuador.

TOPSHOT - Picture showing the destruction in Manta, Ecuador, on April 17, 2016 a day after a powerful 7.8-magnitude quake hit the country. The toll from the big earthquake in Ecuador rose on Sunday to 246 dead and 2,527 people injured, the country's vice president said. / AFP / LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
The destruction in Manta, Ecuador (Photo: Getty Images)

“She was situated in a school in Playa Prieta with the Home of the Mother Order. At this difficult time we would ask for privacy.”

Fr Roland Cahoon – who knew Sister Crockett well – described her as a beautiful person.

Speaking to BBC Radio, Foyle on Sunday, he said: “The terrible news has devastated everyone in the last couple of hours. “This is a young girl who gave her life to God and died for the gospel.

“She was a joyful girl, I’ve known her since she was a teenager. A beautiful person.

“I’ll remember the joy that she brought to her youth group and the enthusiasm she showed for her vocation to religious life.

“It’s counter-cultural to join a religious order for a young girl and she embraced it. We’ll remember her with such affection.”


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2 comments on “Derry nun killed in Ecuador earthquake described as a ‘beautiful person’”

  1. Tricia Gardner

    We in Jacksonville FL loved your Sister Clare as our own and are so very thankful for the light and love she showed to all she encountered. May God's grace fill you with the love of the Savior she so willingly served.

  2. Liam Ó Comáin


    I have no doubt that Sister Clare is a welcome resident to Our Saviour’s Saintly abode. In fact my spirit perceives
    A saint from Derry alongside the River Foyle whom we all can call upon to help us on our journey.
    Oh, Sister Clare, what I have written I sincerely believe for arising from the news of your early departure to eternal
    Life the personal beauty emanating from your person unveiled your love for Christ, Our Blessed Saviour, who Suffered and died through the brutality of crucifixion. For the purpose of opening the door to where you now
    Reside and hopefully where Our Lord, Jesus, will welcome us all when the time comes for us to depart.
    Then! I will express my thanks to you for unveiling through your presence re-confirmation of contemplative reality. An affirmation of the Divine Mercy’s mystical journey.


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