October 24

St. Anthony Mary Claret

Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Early Life

Saint Anthony Mary Claret was born on the 23rd of December 1807 inSallent, Bages in Barcelona. His father was said to have worked as amanufacturer of wool.

Saint Anthony was one of the eleven children born to Juan and JosefaClaret. As a child, he was bright and taught the importance of religionby his devout parents.

He was said to have been baptized in the Church of Santa Maria. Somerecords say he might have been a pilgrim to Our Lady of Fussimanyashrine at a tender age.

Saint Anthony received primary education in his town. At the age oftwelve, he stopped school and became a weaver.

When he turned eighteen, he traveled to Barcelona where he trains onimproving his textile skills. When he wasn’t working, he spent his timepraying or studying Latin and French.

Saint Anthony stayed in Barcelona until he was twenty years old. Anxiousthat he wasn’t giving any time to religion anymore, he left to Vic.

Saint Anthony was convinced that God had plans in store for him. Thisencouraged him to join the diocesan seminary in 1829. Finally, on the13th of June, 1835, he was ordained.

He stayed behind to study theology. During this course, he howeverrealized his passion for mission work and left in 1839.

Dedication and Devotion

Saint Anthony arrived in Rome where he proceeded to join the Jesuits. Hestayed for a way but his failing health could not keep up with theirlifestyle.

Disappointed, he traveled back to Spain where he became a preacher.Saint Anthony preached across places like Viladrau and Girona. Hissermons caused him to become famous and respected by many.

Saint Anthony was also said to have tended to the sick and those injuredduring the war.

He was called back to Vic and then commissioned to preach the gospelthrough Catalonia. He did this by traveling from place to place on foot.

His sermons were enjoyed by the locals because spoke Catalan fluently.He spent all his time traveling and preaching the gospel.

Saint Anthony was a kind and soft-spoken man. This however did nothingto stop him from making enemies. His life was threatened by thoseangered by his preaching and so he was sent to the Canary Islands forsafety.

In the Canary Islands, he continued preaching for about a year and ahalf. Afterward, he returned to Spain.

Back at home, he built a Church of The Claretians. The Church was calledthe Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.The church was authorized by Pope Pius IX on the 22nd of December, 1865.

Saint Anthony also established the Religious library at Barcelona calledthe Librería Claret.


In 1849, Saint Anthony was enacted Archbishop of Santiago by Pope PiusIX. He was consecrated in the October of the following year at Vic.

Soon after he assumed authority, Saint Anthony authorized more than9,000 marriages, established clinical institutions, schools, andchurches. The diocese flourished under his care.

Saint Anthony established the first women’s religious institution inCuba, The Religious of Mary immaculate. He would travel to ministers inplaces like hospitals and prisons. Sometimes in the course ofevangelism, he would be assaulted.

There were numerous miracles associated with Saint Anthony. Some recordsclaimed that he could calm storms. Others claimed he slipped intoecstasies and could be seen levitating. Some even claimed that whilesaying Mass, the Saint became luminous.

Saint Anthony confessed the Queen of Spain, Queen Isabella II in 1857.

He continued to write books on theology and practice poverty. He actedas a rector in the Escorial monastic school and establishedlaboratories, museums, and even libraries.

Saint Anthony preached in Paris in 1868 and the following year, he wasin Rome for the Vatican Council.

As his health continued to deteriorate and he continued to be a targetfor assault, Saint Anthony escaped to seclusion in the Cisterianmonastery at Narbonne.

Death and Canonization

Saint Anthony Mary Claret died on the 24th of October in 1870. He wasaged 62.

Saint Anthony was buried in Vic. He was canonized on the 7th of May,1950 by Pope Pius XII. It is celebrated on the 23rd or 24th of October.

5 Interesting Facts About St. Anthony Mary Claret

  1. Did you know that Saint Anthony Mary Claret was ordained on the day
    of the celebration of Saint Anthony of Padua?
  2. Did you know that Saint Anthony was said to have the spiritual gift
    of discernment?
  3. Did you know that Saint Anthony Mary Claret is the Patron Saint of
  4. Did you know that Saint Anthony was said to have made a regular
    pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Pillar, Virgin of Montserrat, and
    Our Lady of Fussimanya?
  5. Did you know that Saint Anthony wrote 144 books in total?

Prayer to St. Anthony Mary Claret

St. Anthony Mary Claret,during your life on earthyou often comforted the afflictedand showed such tender love and compassionfor the sick and sinful.Intercede for me nowthat you rejoice in the reward of your virtues in heavenly glory.Look with pity on me(or on the person afflicted with illness or whose conversion is desired)and grant my prayer,if such be the will of God.Make my troubles your own.Speak a word for me to the Immaculate Heart of Maryto obtain by her powerful intercessionthe grace I yearn for so ardently,and a blessing to strengthen me during life,assist me at the hour of death,and lead me to a happy eternity.Amen.