Who are the Claretians?
We are a Congregation of Missionaries founded by St. Anthony Mary Claret on July 16, 1849, in Vic, Spain, together with Frs. Stephen Sala, Joseph Xifré, Dominic Fabregas, Jaime Clotet, Manuel Vilaro.
The official name of our congregation is the Congregation of Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commonly known as Claretians.
A CLARETIAN is a Son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a man on fire with love who spreads its flames wherever he goes. He desires mightily and strives, by all means possible, to set everyone on fire with God’s love. Nothing daunts him: he delights in privations, welcomes work, embraces sacrifices, smiles at slander, rejoices in all the torments and sorrows he suffers, and glories in the cross of Jesus Christ. His only concern is how he may follow Christ and imitate him in praying, working, enduring, and striving constantly and solely for the greater glory of God and the salvation of humankind.
At the end of our names, we put the C.M.F., the acronym for the Latin words Cordis Mariae Filius which means Son of the Heart of Mary.
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.
We DREAM of a Congregation, audacious and itinerant, that, sent by the Spirit of the Lord (cf. Lk 4:18; Acts 8:28, 39) goes forth towards the peripheries, approaches the youth, walks with them, and encourages them to respond to the call of God. We DREAM of a Congregation that has as its starting point the biblical animation of all pastoral ministry (cf. VD 73), evangelizes with all possible means in shared mission, interreligious dialogue, and the intelligent use of the various forms of communication media.
We DREAM of a Congregation committed to universal brotherhood (Fratelli tutti), justice, peace, and the care of the common home (Laudato si’). In a spirit of synodality, we collaborate with people of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions for the transformation of the world in accord with God’s plan (cf. CC 46).
We DREAM of a Congregation prepared to respond to new challenges through an integral and continuous process of formation, open to the universal mission, according to the spirit and charism of our Father Founder.
We are present in 70 countries around the world dedicated to rendering quality education, publishing of bibles and religious books, run parishes, uplifting and helping in the social welfare of the people and the care of our common home.
You can find us in: ANGOLA | ARGENTINA | AUSTRALIA | AUSTRIA | BANGLADESH | BELARUS | BOLIVIA | BRASIL | BURKINA FASO | CAMEROUN | CANADA | CHAD | CHILE | CHINA | COLOMBIA | COSTA RICA | CÔTE D’IVOIRE | CUBA | DEUTSCHLAND | ECUADOR | EL SALVADOR | ESPAÑA | FRANCE | GABON | GHANA | GUATEMALA | GUINEA ECUATORIAL | HAÏTI | HONDURAS | INDIA | INDONESIA | ITALIA | JAPAN | KENYA | MADAGASCAR | MALAYSIA | MÉXICO | MOÇAMBIQUE | MYANMAR | NEW ZEALAND | NICARAGUA | NIGERIA | PANAMÁ | PARAGUAY | PERÚ | PHILIPPINES | POLSKA | PORTUGAL | PUERTO RICO | REPUBLIKA CZESKA | REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA | REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO | RUSSIA | SÃO TOMÉ E PRÍNCIPE | SCHWEIZ | SLOVENIJA | SOUTH AFRICA | SOUTH KOREA | SRI LANKA | TAIWAN | TANZANIA | TIMOR LESTE | UGANDA | UKRAINE | UNITED KINGDOM | UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | URUGUAY | VENEZUELA | VIETNAM | ZIMBABWE