In January 2018, the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Guayaquil, Ecuador, attended the presentation of a new series of catechism books titled, Jesús, sendero de vida (Jesus, the Way of Life) from the publisher Sendero de Vida. Upon opening the textbook for ninth grade, the sisters received a pleasant surprise: In connection with the Gospel passage Matthew 10:1-10—Jesus appoints the twelve Apostles—the catechism book presented Sr. Clare’s conversion and vocation story.
Several secular as well as Catholic magazines, websites, and newspapers have published articles about Sr. Clare after her death in the earthquake in Ecuador on April 16, 2016, as can be seen in our section In the News. The important fact is that this series of catechism books has the approval of the Ecuadorian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Education and Culture. The document was signed by Alfredo Jose Espinoza Mateus, Bishop of Loja and president of the aforementioned committee. Not a year had passed since Sr. Clare’s death when Bishop Espinoza, on April 7, 2017, affirmed: “After a thorough review of the texts, we have not found in them any obstacle whatsoever for their adequate use as textbooks for Religious Education in Catholic and Christian schools in the country, for which we approve of them. Considering the efforts put into effect on behalf of the publisher Sendero, it is completely within the Ecuadorian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ standards for Religious Education.”
For the Ecuadorian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the response Sr. Clare made to God’s call is a model for the youth of Ecuador.