Memories of Sr. Clare

Sr. Clare in Class

Cristofer Bravo:  I always have her with me: in a photo or on my cell phone. Her smile always reminds me: All or nothing!

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Carolina Aveiga:  Her joy enveloped me. It was a joy that I didn’t have. I went home with her joy but I didn’t know what was happening.

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Sr. Rosa Lopez, SHM, Guayaquil, Ecuador: She said to me, “Go child by child. Have patience with them and help them, because they don’t know how to write.”

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Sr. Rosa López, SHM (Ecuador): But in that very moment she received the grace to realize what she was doing, and to correct herself, and she said, “Clare, you came here to surrender yourself.”

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Fernando Guerrero, Ecuador: Now, I realize and I’m surprised to see how God can act in such an extraordinary way in a soul.

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Sr. Lissette Falcones, SHM: Then she looked at me, and I saw that she was crying.

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Sr. Rosa Lopez, SHM Sr. Clare listened to her, smiled and said, “Give thanks to God. Everything is for the glory of God.”

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Sr. Rosa López, SHM, Ecuador: I was telling Sr. Clare that, even though the song of the Good Shepherd was for children, it helped me a lot.

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Clare Hernández (EEUU): That wall was shattered to pieces by the time I left that beautiful country. It was as if Sr. Clare was everywhere.

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Susy Kátherine Pincay Vera: It seems that it’s only been a few days since we’ve seen her, heard her laugh or talk to us about the Lord.

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Sr. Sandra Galarza, SHM, Ecuador: When she went to the Holy Land this distant possibility became reality.

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Sr. Stacey Donovan, SHM: I spent a lot of time with her, and I believe I can say that I never saw her sad. She was always thinking about others.

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Sr. Megan Murray SHM, USA: She set the bar high and maintained it that way the entire time.

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Sr. Stacey Donovan, SHM: It really helped me to see her so transparent and happy, because she was doing the Lord’s will.

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Raquel Arellano de Holguin:  Sr. Clare appeared in a very difficult moment in my life and was like an angel sent from God to help us grow closer to Him.

Sr. Clare in the choir

Fernando Guerrero, Guayaquil, Ecuador:  A religious singer, like Christ, has to die to him or herself, be humble, and become nothing in Him who is Everything.

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Maria Hernandez, US:   She was always an inspiration for me, and I am constantly asking for her to pray for me, that I may be like her, living out with joy her deep and profound love for Jesus Christ.

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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.

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Stacy Larmoyeux, Jacksonville, FL:  My most favorite traits of Sister Clare were her smile and ability to make everyone she was around happy.

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Sr. Susan Joost, SHM, Jacksonville, USA:  What she said was, “If you take care of God’s things, He’ll take care of your things.” She was convinced and lived that way.

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Sr. Susan Joost, SHM, Jacksonville, USA:  She didn't want us to wander astray or to sink into our selfishness for not taking that leap of generosity.

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Sr. Susan Joost, SHM, Jacksonville, USA:  Her words were fire and lacked human respect. What she sought was the salvation of the young people's souls.

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Maureen Kall, Jacksonville, Florida:  I was teaching Kindergarten and Sr. Clare would come in weekly to teach my class. I remember when my oldest daughter Kylie was accepted into the theater department at NYU.

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Maureen Lawrence, USA:  This sweet, innocent boy thought the kind sister, dressed all in white, teaching him about God, was his own personal angel… and now she is.

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If you have any favors, memories or stories about Sr. Clare or any of the 5 postulants who died in Ecuador, please send us an email: sisterclare@homeofthemother.org

In addition to your stories, please indicate where you are from, which of the six Sisters you are speaking about and how you met her. We are also thankful for videos and pictures.