Body of nun killed in Ecuador earthquake is returned home

Sister Clare Crocket
Sister Clare Crocket

The funeral of Sister Clare Crockett, who was killed in the last week’s earthquake in Ecuador, will take place in Londonderry on Monday.

Her remains arrived back in the city last night and the funeral will be in the Long Tower Church at 12pm.

Bishop Donal McKeown will be one of the celebrants at the Mass.

Three sisters from the Home of the Mother order where Sr Clare was a member will also attend the service.

Sister Clare, 33, from Iona Terrace in the Brandywell, was among 650 people to lose their lives in the tragedy last week.

In a statement issued last week, Sister Clare’s relatives said: “We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have contacted our family, visited the family home and donated to the effort to bring Sister Clare home to Derry.”

Father Brendan Collins from the Long Tower Church said that Sister Clare’s family were relieved with the news that her remains were being brought home.

The wake last night was private and for family members only.

Speaking at the full council meeting in the Guildhall, Mayor of Derry & Strabane, Sinn Fein councillor Elisha McCallion, said: “Our sincere sympathies are sent out to the Crocketts and the wider family.”

SDLP councillor Martin Reilly said: “Sr Crockett was a pillar of strength for people in Ecuador.

“She was a great ambassador for this city.”

She was the daughter of Gerard and Margaret, loving sister of Shauna and Megan, and aunt of Cahir, Lily, Kayleigh and Maisy.