ANTHONY was born at Sallent, Spain, in 1807. He was a missionary in Catalonia and the Canary Islands for ten years, giving missions and retreats. His zeal inspired other priests to join in the same work. In 1849, he founded the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The institute is known by his name as "the Claretians."
Father Claret was appointed Archbishop of Santiago in Cuba. His work for the church was cut short by men who tried to take his life. Here he founded the Teaching Sisters of Mary Immaculate.
At the request of Pope Pius IX, he returned to Spain and devoted himself to missionary work and the spreading of good literature. In the course of his life he is said to have preached ten thousand sermons and to have published two hundred books or pamphlets for both priests and lay people. He spread devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Immaculate Heart of Mary by his preaching and writings. God rewarded Anthony with the gift of propecy and miracles.
St. Anthony died in a Cistercian monastery in France on October 24, 1870. He was canonized by Pope Pius XII.
O God, You strengthened St. Anthony Mary with wondrous love and patience in evangelizing the people. Through his intercession, enable us to seek those things which are Yours and to labor in Christ for the good of our fellow men.
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