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Followers attribute miracles to Derry nun Sister Clare Crockett's intercession

Followers of Derry nun, Sister Clare Crockett believe her intercession is responsible for a number of miracles.
Seamus McKinney

FOLLOWERS of a Derry nun who was killed in an earthquake in Ecuador have claimed a number of miracles have been attributed to her intercession.

Sr Clare Crockett (33), originally from the Brandywell area, was killed in 2016 when an earthquake destroyed a school where she was teaching children.

The nun's life and death has attracted world-wide attention due to her distinctly non-religious background. As a young woman, Sr Clare admitted her sole ambition was to become a famous actor.

However, her life changed when she attended a retreat by accident in 2000, eventually leading her to life as a nun with the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother order.

A larger than life personality, Sr Clare announced her intention to enter the convent life “with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other”.

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Since her death, her order has released a film about her life while her grave at Derry city cemetery has become a place of pilgrimage.

A prayer group has also been established by her sisters, Shauna Gill and Megan Nicell. It has now been claimed that a number of miracles are being attributed to Sr Clare’s intercession.

Mrs Gill said a young boy in the US who was life-support recovered after a priest asked the Derry nun to intercede. The nun's intercession is also credited for the birth of twins to a couple who were infertile.

Mrs Gill said Sr Clare would “love” the idea of calls for her to be made a saint.

“She went from only ever wanting to be famous and life a life of luxury to giving everything up. But she made the right choice," she said.

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