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Film explores the inspirational life of the ‘party animal’ who became a nun

A Derry nun who died tragically in an earthquake whilst serving on the missions in Ecuador is poised to inspire Scottish women by her life story.

Women from across St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese are being invited to a screening of All or Nothing, a documentary film which tells the story of her life.

Sr Clare Crockett gave up the opportunity of a career in acting and the road to fame to give her life to God and is described as a ‘party animal’ who became a nun.

She died, aged just 33, in an earthquake in Ecuador in 2016.

However, over 15 years of photos and videos of Sr Clare’s life have been kept in the Servant Sisters’ archives, enabling her story to be told.

Film night

All or Nothing will be screened at a women’s film night hosted by St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese on Sunday February 2.

Sr Mirjam Hugens, vocations director for Religious Life for the Archdiocese, said: “The story of Sr Crockett is fascinating and I know many people have found this film inspiring.

“She had lots of opportunities in life, such as an acting career, but that all changed because she heard the call of God.

“This film shows how life in a religious community is joyful—that’s certainly been my experience and I want to share that with young Catholics in our Archdiocese.”

In her own vocation story, Sr Clare wrote: “I got my first television job on Channel 4 when I was 15 years old. It was a programme called Get With It! When I was 16, I was invited to be a host on a big channel called Nickelodeon.


“In the acting world, sin is glorified and it is awful. My friends were all living like this—in mortal sin. They liked to drink, smoke, go out with guys, disobey their parents… They were living badly and so was I.”

Sr Clare recalled a startling encounter when she was on a night out with friends: “While I was in a club, I strongly felt the gaze of the Lord on me while I was in a bathroom cubicle, about to get sick. I drank so much that I lost control.

“I strongly felt the gaze of the Lord on me. I felt it so strongly that, at first, I thought that one of my friends was in the other cubicle standing on the toilet, looking at me to see if I was okay or not. The gaze was so intense. And immediately I heard the voice of the Lord inside of me say: ‘Why do you keep wounding Me?’”


In the documentary, those who knew the Irish nun speak about her character, joy and her legacy in her religious.

The screening takes place on Sunday February, 2 from 5pm at St Columba’s Church Hall, 9 Upper Gray Street, Edinburgh, EH9 1SN.

The event is free but attendees are encouraged to register on Eventbrite or the Facebook of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.

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