“I have so much love for the missionaries that I would pour out my blood for them, I would offer them any service, deprive myself of food for the body if this would help support them in their labors. When I consider how they are working to make God better known and loved, and that souls be saved and not condemned, I am possessed by I do not know what kind of longing and impatience.”
Around the world the Claretians carry out an unwavering mission to reach across barriers and touch people’s lives. From the inner-city to remote jungles, Claretians take their messages of hope, love, and justice directly to the people who urgently need it. They foster the spark that leads each person to Christ.
The charisms of community, mission, spirituality, and evangelization guide the Claretians in their work. A rich community life, supported by 3,000 Claretians worldwide, nourishes the Claretians’ ministry and their lives. Their common mission has led them to over 60 countries on five continents where they work in parishes, universities, and city streets. In their words and actions Claretians strive to evangelize through their witness to the Word of God. Throughout all of their many ministries Claretian spirituality helps them listen to the weary of the world with their hearts.
The Claretians walk with people who are in need. In the Eastern Province of the U.S., Claretians are present in poor neighborhoods where young people live in the shadow of gang violence. They help build and rehabilitate housing for seniors and families who otherwise couldn’t afford a home of their own. They minister to students on college campuses, helping build strong faith communities. The Claretians sponsor a vibrant publishing ministry, Claretian Publications, and foster devotion to St. Jude through the National Shrine of St. Jude.
The Claretians’ diverse ministries are a reflection of their founder, Saint Anthony Claret. He strove to spread the Good News of the Gospel by any means possible. Claret crossed his native Spain by foot giving sermons wherever there were people to listen. A prolific writer, Claret published more than 200 books and pamphlets. He remained in touch with the people even as an archbishop in Cuba, where he fought the effects of slavery and racial inequity and founded credit unions for the poor.