Sr. Mary Donovan, USA: Her face and her voice, completely worn-out from all the work and apostolate, made me reflect a lot on my own surrender to God and if I was really giving all I could to bring souls to God.
My last memories of Sr. Clare are from a Spiritual Exercises Retreat in November and the trip our community in Jacksonville took during Christmas to Ecuador in 2015. The work of all the Sisters, especially in Playa Prieta, impressed me a lot. When I saw Sr. Clare, after having not seen her for a long time, she seemed different to me and I remember thinking, “Wow, she has completely given of herself here.” Her face and her voice, completely worn-out from all the work and apostolate, made me reflect a lot on my own surrender to God and if I was really giving all I could to bring souls to God.
One night, before we had to go back to the US, all the Sisters and candidates were together in Guayaquil. We spent a good amount of time talking, sharing vocation stories, and listening to Sr. Clare sing songs on the guitar. They were really special moments.
I don’t know why, but listening and watching her sing also impressed me a lot. It’s hard to describe but during that trip, I had noticed a big transformation in her. All I can say is that, for me, it seemed as if she was on a completely different level interiorly. It was as though she had completely assumed the truth that her life was really not her own and that it was meant to be spent for God and to save souls. That reality was something she was living with all her heart.
I feel very privileged to have known Sr. Clare and I am especially grateful for the example that she left me with of what it means to be a Servant Sister. I am certain that from heaven she is helping each and every one of us Sisters to live out our vocation with fidelity. I’m sure she’s waiting for us to get there.