The Irish government publicly expressed condolences to the family and friends of the Derry nun who was among the at least 350 people killed in last weekend’s Ecuador earthquake.
Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is issued a statement of “deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Sister Clare Crockett who was killed in Ecuador on Saturday.
“The tributes paid to Sister Crockett since the weekend are a testament to the difference she made to the lives of the community she served.
My Department is providing consular assistance to her family. “On behalf of the Government and people of Ireland, I also want to extend our sincere condolences to the people of Ecuador on the tragic and heavy loss of life from Saturday’s devastating earthquake. Our thoughts are with the families of all those who were killed as they mourn their loss.
“Officials from my Department continue to liaise closely with the authorities in Ecuador in the aftermath of the earthquake.”
Sister Clare Theresa Crockett (33) had been based in the Playa Prieta area of the country with the Home of the Mother order. The congregation said her body was found in the rubble of a fallen school.
“Sister Clare had spent nearly 15 years of her life in consecration to the Lord. She was a generous sister with a special gift for reaching out to children and young people,” the order said.
Her family appealed for privacy: “On Sunday 17 April, we lost our daughter, sister and aunt Sister Clare Theresa Crockett as a result of the earthquake in Ecuador.
“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.”
Derry priest Fr Roland Colhoun told RTE she was a “beautiful person” who had “great faith”.
“Everything about her was joyful. She [had] a constant smile. She was like the gospel in action. She was always helping people,” he said. The 7.8-magnitude quake struck Ecuador’s capital, Quito, shortly before 1am on Saturday night.