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Anniversary release date set for Sister Clare Crockett film

Sister Clare Crockett died in an earthquake in April 2016.
Seamus McKinney

A FILM about the life of Sister Clare Crockett, who died in an earthquake in Ecuador, is to be released in April on the second anniversary of her death.

The 33 year-old nun, who was from Derry, died when the school where she was teaching music collapsed in the earthquake in Playa Prieta on April 16 2016.

“All or Nothing: Sr Clare Crockett” tells the extraordinary story of her journey to holy orders. The nun, who told of her battle with alcohol, revealed she announced plans to become a nun “with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other.”

Sr Clare's order, the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, announced yesterday the film was being released on a not-for-profit basis. The order has invited groups or individuals to organise the screening of the film in cities and towns.

A spokeswoman for the order said: “The important thing is that the organised event does not have an economic purpose but an apostolic one: with the desire that God's love, which changed Sr Clare, may be proclaimed through her life.

“The only manner in which the payment of an admission ticket may be accepted is in the case of the need to rent a theatre to show it in, in which case the cost of the theatre alone would be accepted.”

The spokeswoman said the order was surprised by the number of people who wrote to them following Sr Clare's death saying they believed she was helping them.

“Many were friends and acquaintances but many others, even more surprising, were strangers who spoke to us of conversions, vocations discovered or recovered and special graces. There are very impressive stories.”

The film, which will be released in Ireland, Spain, the US and Ecuador, is based on a huge archive of photographs and audio and video recordings of Sr Clare covering the last 15 years of her life.

The order invited anyone wishing to screen the filming to contact them at www.sisterclare.com/multimedia/film/request?view=form.

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