Fr. Luis Pujol Todera was born in Taradell (Barcelona, Spain) in 1903. At the age of 12 he joined the Congregation of Claretian Missionaries. He was ordained priest in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, in 1927. On 25 May 1951, he founded the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Claretian Institute, together with the present Superior General, Mother Mary Dolores Solá Carol, in the new Retreat House of Vic. Their Father Founder, a man of prayer and mission, went to the Father’s house in Vic, on 8 May 1976, shortly before his favourite work reached its 25th anniversary of its foundation.
“The Claretian Institute is a religious-apostolic Institute for the evangelisation, in keeping with the experience of the Spirit as lived by its Founder, Fr. Pujol, in the style of Claret. In answer to this divine vocation, we adopt the lifestyle of Jesus, which the Blessed Virgin Mary embraced in faith, and we conform ourselves with Christ virgin, poor and obedient in the Church” (Constitutions, n. 5).
In 1998 the Archbishop of Barcelona approved the work as an Institute of Religious Life of diocesan right.