Oil Dedicated to Sr Clare Crockett A
Sr Clare Crockett on 16 April 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing at least 676 people. Including a young woman, Sister Clare Crockett, together with five postulants.
In a new book, “Grant me an undivided heart”, by Sr Kristen Gardner, the first biography of Sr Clare Crockett reveals her spiritual writings from her notebooks.
Sr Clare born in the divided city of Derry in Northern Ireland in 1982. A fun-loving, charismatic teenager, she quickly caught the attention of television producers. By the age of 15, she contracted to present a show on Britain’s Channel 4 network. When Nickelodeon came calling, clear that she on the road to stardom. But in the year 2000, went to Spain for Holy Week retreat run by Servant Sisters of Home of Mother. A community founded in 1982 with a focus on the Eucharist, Marian spirituality, and outreach to youth.
She recalled later that when she arrived in Spain she was “very superficial and a wild child.” But that began to change when she took part in the Good Friday adoration of the cross, kissing the feet of Jesus. “I do not know how to explain exactly what happened. I did not see the choirs of angels or a white dove come down from the ceiling and descend on me, but I had the certainty that the Lord was on the Cross, for me,” she remembered. “And along with that conviction, I felt a great sorrow, similar to what I had experienced when little and prayed the Stations of the Cross. When I returned to my pew, I already had imprinted in me something that was not there before. I had to do something for Him Who had given his life for me.”
The start of a long journey of conversion and healing that led to her joining the Sisters and taking her first vows in 2006.