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St. Anthony Mary Claret
Feast day: October 24
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.