The mission of St Anthony Mary Claret, who felt compelled to help people know of God’s love, continues today and into the future, and with it the need for men and women to make themselves available to let today’s generations know what will really give lasting meaning to their lives.
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The future of religious life in Europe is intimately connected with the future of the faith. This is one of the major preoccupations of the Church at this moment. There are three circumstances that do not make the vocational experience for religious life in Europe easy: cultural secularisation, religious chaos and the distrust of institutions.
Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. From the 17 – 23rd of October 2011, the Catholic Parish of The Transfiguration of the Lord in Krasnoyarsk (Siberia, Russian Federation) celebrate its 100 years as a church. The parish is currently entrusted to the Claretian Missionaries.
Fifty one martyrs? But who cares? It all happened 75 years ago, worlds apart from you and from me . There are certain qualities in the friends of God that transcend time and historical circumstances, making them our contemporaries, our fellow travellers. With their lives and especially with their death they conquered the future, placing themselves right into the frontiers of our dreams.
This coming Saturday, July 16th, the Claretian Missionaries celebrate the 162nd anniversary of their Foundation. St. Anthony M. Claret gathered in Vic (Catalonia, Spain) five young priests filled with missionary zeal. The missionaries are now in 65 countires, willing to bring the Gospel to everyone.
The writen Word. Claret as a writer. Books and leaflets could multiply his preaching, because they could reach a larger public than a preacher could, and because readers could return to them time and again,
detachment from money. ‘His apostolic detachment from money had a high witness value for his times. It also facilitated his ministry...’
2 - Always travelling by foot. There are accounts telling of crowds going out to meet him in procession, singing and saying the rosary, firing salutes and making arches of palms to welcome him and the words he would bring them.
1. “Evangelical and apostolic preacher”: ‘Claret preached with great simplicity and clarity, repeating the most fundamental ideas, so that they would penetrate into the mind and conscience of his hearers. He came up with a host of very concrete comparisons, which made doctrinal statements more accessible.’
The situation in the Ivory Coast is very bad. In the cities there is armed battle, also in our missions. In our missions of Bouafle and Soubre there are many refugees who want to hide from the rebels…
St. Anthony Mary Claret was born in Catalonia, the northeastern corner of Spain, in a town called Sallent on December 23, 1807. On July 16, 1849, he gathered a group of priests who shared his dream. This is the beginning of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, today also known as Claretian Missionaries.