Saint Anthony Mary Claret (I)
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Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in
Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the
priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented his entering the Order, and he served as a
secular priest. In 1849, he founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known today
as the Claretians, and the Apostolic Training Institute of the Immaculate Conception, Claretian
nuns. From 1850 to 1857, Anthony served as the archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He returned to
the court of Queen Isabella II as confessor, and went into exile with her in 1868. In 1869 and 1870,
Anthony participated in the First Vatican Council. He died in the Cistercian monastery of Fontfroide
in southern France on October 24, 1870. Anthony Mary Claret had the gift of prophecy and performed
many miracles. He was opposed by the liberal forces of Spain and Cuba and endured many trials.
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