October 24 - Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Quick Facts
  • Weaver.
  • Seminary student with Blessed Francis Coll.
  • Ordained on 13 June 1835.
  • Missionary in Catalonia and the Canary Islands.
  • Directed retreats.
  • Founded the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians).
  • Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba on 20 May 1850.
  • Founded the Teaching Sisters of Mary Immaculate.
  • Following his work in the Caribbean, Blessed Pope Pius IX ordered him back to Spain.
  • Confessor to Queen Isabella II, and was exiled with her.
  • Had the gifts of prophecy and miracles.
  • Reported to have preached 10,000 sermons, published 200 works.
  • Spread devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.