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Celebration of 150th anniversary of Fr. Claret’s Passover

(Vic, October 2020)

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death –Easter- of Fr. Claret in Fontfroide (France, October 24, 1870), a good number of events have taken place in the preparation and execution of which the CESC has participated directly.

First of all, the Triduum of Prayer in preparation for the Solemnity of Saint Anthony Mary Claret. A 24-page booklet was prepared, offered to the entire Claretian Family, divided into three parts, one for each day, with biblical readings and others taken from Claret’s writings, (more…)

Claret in France

During 2020 we have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of Claret’s death, which occurred on 24 October 1870 in the Cistercian monastery of Fontfroide. For the occasion, we are publishing this guide to the pilgrim Claret in France.

With it we want to remember the Claretian presence in France in the first hours of its history. Claret arrived for the first time in 1839 as a young and enthusiastic missionary who was looking for universal pathways to announce the Gospel. (more…)

50th Anniversary of the inauguration of the Temple (1970-2020)

In this month of October 2020, we recall and celebrate two important dates: the 150th anniversary of the death of Fr. Claret (October 24, 1870) and the 50th anniversary of the consecration and inauguration of the new Temple-Sepulchre dedicated to the Saint.

In another article we have listed the various graves that have contained, and sometimes hidden, the remains of Saint Anthony Mary Claret from 1870 to the present day.

Below we are offering a synthesis of the long (more…)

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San Antonio Maria Claret in my life

Antoni Daufí, cmf

I was born in Tortosa (Tarragona) in 1929. Fr. Claret, on his apostolic journeys across Catalonia, never reached Tortosa, nor have ever been any Claretian Missionaries in my land. Therefore, as a child, I never heard of Claret, nor knew any Claretian. It was due to circumstances of the Spanish civil war from 1936 to 1939 that my family had to move to Vic where, at the end of the war, I first came to know Saint Anthony Maria Claret through the contact with the Claretian Missionaries of this town. At that time I was 11 years old and it was during those postwar years that I began to go quite often to the (improvised) church of La Mercè, where the tomb of Saint Anthony Maria Claret was venerated, at the time being a Beat. (more…)

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Claretian pilgrimage

From February 22 to 25, 2020 a group of Claretians who are studying at the Faculty of the Jesuits in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) have come to visit the Claretian places. (more…)

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January, 27

“You cannot form an idea of how much the hell works against me: very cruel slanders, words, works, and threats of death; all these are placed into play how to tarnish my reputation and threaten me; but by the help of God, I don´t pay attention to them” (Letter to Fr. Xifre, 15.1.1864, in EC II, p. 747).


The missionary life of Father Claret is from the biblical inspiration. His great model is Jesus Christ who gathers the apostles to form a community with the evangelizing vocation. He is inspired also in word, life and activities of the apostle Paul. Jesus as well as Paul did not lack difficulties, (more…)

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Fr. Josep Rovira, cmf, member of the CESC, explains how young Anthony Claret lived situations that led him to rethink the meaning of his life and give a radical vocational response. We pray that the celebration of World Youth Day  may become an opportunity for many young people to deepen their experience of encountering Christ and dare to follow and announce him.

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