We dream of a Congregation of Missionaries who share our lives, diversity, and resources in
communities shaped by the mission and ministries God has entrusted to us. We encourage and
accompany one another as brothers through mutual listening, without excluding anyone.
Rooted in Christ, Audacious in Mission, XXVI Claretian General Chapter, 2021

Witnessing the teaching of Christ, we respond to the needs of God’s people as a community.

Following the example of our Founder, Saint Anthony Mary Claret, we are unafraid of entering difficult situations to offer Christ’s healing message of peace, professing a shared Christian belief, as we invite others to become part of our mission.

For us, each parish or ministry is a vital font of sacramental life and the heart where the community gathers to live and celebrate the Gospel. While focusing mainly on Hispanic communities, we are dedicated to living and working with all people in need. Our missionaries currently work in the United States and in provinces of Canada. We address a variety of issues including, hunger, gang and domestic violence, housing, parenting, healthcare, and education, entrusting in the Lord, and inspired by God’s Word, we joyfully embrace the challenges that confront us.

Responding to local needs, we initiated organizations and ministries to serve those less fortunate with the goal that they would mature and become self-sufficient. Two examples of need-based organizations are Claretian Associates, an organization that is committed to providing housing opportunities for the marginalized, and Chicago Family Heath, which offers medical care to the poor. These have become integral parts of the region and reflect Claret’s vision for the local community to become self-reliant.

During his time as the Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, Saint Anthony erected a hospital and many schools. He was a firm believer in education, and he distributed books wherever he preached. He also published multiple books, which is why Saint Anthony is the patron saint of the Catholic press. After becoming ordained in 1835, Claret began his ministry effort on behalf of the poor in his home county of Spain. In keeping with Saint Anthony’s mission, the Claretians work in schools, hospitals, and parishes throughout the United States and Canada.

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