Sr. Bailey Sympson, SHM, USA: I remember one night when she called us together and spoke very firmly to us. She asked us to change our attitude and to begin serving others.
I didn’t have the privilege of living many experiences with Sr. Clare, but I did go with her on the pilgrimage to Ireland that she organized in 2010. I was a candidate of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother at the time. Her supernatural way of seeing things impressed me, especially in what she asked of us. She wasn’t afraid to be demanding or to correct us, but we always knew that it was out of the love she had for us. I remember one night when she called us together and spoke very strongly to us. She asked us to change our attitude and to begin serving others. I think most of the girls got better after that meeting. You could notice it in the pilgrimage.
For me, that pilgrimage was a moment in which I experienced the need of the Eucharist. We had Mass every day, but due to certain circumstances, many times we weren’t able to have prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I yearned for it. I felt the need to run towards the tabernacle.
One day, we stopped near a monastery. We had a little free time after lunch, and I asked Sr. Clare if I could go to the church. “Of course you can," she said, "but you only have a few minutes.” I literally went running to the monastery’s chapel. She could have easily told me that it would be better to stay and help pick up, because we had to leave and head back to the bus. But seeing as how she saw beyond material and practical things, she let me go. I was thankful and I noticed that she understood my desire. She probably would have loved to go in front of the tabernacle as well.
I remember that she was always joyful and ready to help, seeing only other people’s needs.