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October 24 - Saint Anthony Claret breski1 Claretian Archbishop and Founder (1807-1870) St. Anthony Claret founded The Claretians. Their schools and libraries spanning the globe trace back to St. …More
October 24 - Saint Anthony Claret breski1
Claretian Archbishop and Founder
(1807-1870)

St. Anthony Claret founded The Claretians. Their schools and libraries spanning the globe trace back to St. Anthony’s tireless missions. A reformer and peacemaker, St. Antony abandoned his own will and relied wholly upon the will of Jesus with Mary.
St. Anthony was ordained in 1835 after recovering from an illness. His preaching was successful and he championed the cause of the poor. St. Anthony’s works scandalized secular, anti-clerical groups. The threats made on his life saw him sent abroad. When he returned, he founded The Claretians.
St. Anthony was elected archbishop of Cuba for his brilliant preaching and apostolic success. By the time he returned, he had survived an assasination attempt. His reforms, which included public schools, credit unions and racial equality were good in the eyes of God, but wrongful in the eyes of men. “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not have enough room for the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25).
In 1857, St. Anthony was appointed confessor to Queen Isabella of Spain. He built hospitals, colleges and other institutions. Even forced exile did not stop him from preaching and pursuing missions for education. He passed away on October 24, 1870, in a Cistercian abbey in Fontfroide, Narbonne, southern France.
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