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Sister Clare's faith is still touching lives across world today, six months after the quake in Ecuador that claimed her life

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Published 19/11/2016

Sister Clare Crockett
Sister Clare Crockett

It is heartening to know that the life and death of a young nun from Londonderry continues to inspire people from beyond the grave.

Sister Clare Crockett gave up her hedonistic and busy social life as a teenager in Derry to become a member of the Home of the Mother Order.

Like many another teen, she loved the "good life", spending her money on alcohol and cigarettes, and partying with her friends. When she was 17 she went on a 10-day trip to Ibiza, bound for the island's nightclubs, but this turned into a soul-searching pilgrimage when she received a call from God to be a nun.

She chose to live among the poor and vulnerable in Ecuador.

Tragically, however, she died earlier this year when an earthquake destroyed the school in which she was working.

In today's paper her sister Megan talks about the enormous impact of that tragedy on the family, who are still inundated with heartfelt messages of sympathy. Many well-wishers who call at the Crockett home include those who knew Clare as a nun, and whose lives were made better by meeting her.

Her inspiring story will be brought to many other people in a film being made by her Home of the Mother Order, titled All Or Nothing.

Another inspiring, spiritual young woman is former high-profile journalist Martina Purdy, who became a nun in Belfast and is now Sister Martina.

Both these young women have shown the transforming power of a strong and deep Christian faith.

Sadly, it has become almost commonplace for people to decry that kind of faith, but no one can doubt its power to change the lives of those who believe.

Sister Clare used her profound personal faith to connect with others, as is evidenced by the effect she still has on other lives, even from beyond the grave.

Her inspiration truly lives on.

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