Who are We?
The Claretians, through their missionary work, prayer and study, try hard to mold in their mind and heart the image of the true and perfect Claretian Missionary as pictured and lived by their Father and Founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret:
“A son of Immaculate Heart of Mary
is a man on fire with love,
who spreads its flames wherever he goes.
He desires mightily and strives by all possible means
to set everyone on fire with God’s love.
Nothing daunts him: he delights in privations,
welcomes work, embraces sacrifices, smiles at slander,
rejoices in all the torments and sorrows he suffers
and glories in the cross of Jesus Christ.
His only concern is how he may follow Christ,
and imitate him in praying, working, enduring,
and striving constantly and solely
for the greater glory of God
and the salvation of humankind.”
Saint Anthony Mary Claret
Autobiography nº. 494
Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Being “Claretians” is the concrete way of being men, Christians, religious, ordained ministers and apostles.
We are and feel as sons loved by God and Mary, with all her heart.
In Our Congregation We Live as a Family
Our family has been sustained by the Holy Spirit in the Church for two centuries through the intercession of St. Anthony Mary Claret. Some are priests or brothers, others are laity, from many different countries and diverse cultures, but all are brothers.
With a Particular Style of Life: to Burn in Love
God makes us burn in love for Him and our neighbor.
God has given us the gift of following Christ and proclaiming the Gospel to the whole world.
Our Journey: to be Disciples of Jesus
Like Jesus we seek the glory of God and the salvation of men praying, working, and suffering.
We take on the style of life of Jesus and the Virgin Mary: in poverty, chastity, and obedience.
We are sent to announce the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus whose end is that all are saved by faith in Him. We share in the sufferings and hopes of men looking for the transformation of the world according to the design of God. Our mission is to be fed by the Word of God and the Eucharist.
To illuminate the world under the sign of mercy and tenderness which we learn in the Heart of Mary.
We are led, overall, to those who are excluded from the love of others and suffer from the consequences of injustice in this world.