Oil Dedicated to St Anthony Mary Claret (Taught the Poor the Importance of Savings)
St Anthony Mary Claret (Taught the Poor the Importance of Savings) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Anthony Mary Claret was a Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop, missionary, and founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Claretians. Born in 1807 in Sallent, Catalonia, Spain, Claret was the son of a weaver and was one of eleven children.
Claret entered the seminary at the age of 22 and was ordained a priest in 1835. He quickly gained a reputation for his preaching and spiritual guidance, and he appointed as the confessor to Queen Isabella II of Spain in 1847.
As confessor to the queen, Claret was a powerful and influential figure, and he used his position to advocate for social justice and the rights of workers.
In 1849, Claret appointed as the Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba. And he spent the next six years working to evangelize and educate the people of Cuba. He founded schools, hospitals, and charitable organizations, and he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the poor and oppressed.
Where he founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Claretians dedicated to evangelization and education, and they established missions and schools throughout the world.
Throughout his life, Claret was a prolific writer and speaker. And he wrote over 200 books and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects, including spirituality, social justice, and politics.
St. Anthony Mary Claret died in 1870 in Fontfroide, France, at the age of 63. He canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950, and his feast day celebrated on October 24th. He remembered as a tireless advocate for the poor and marginalized. A visionary leader, and a man of great faith and compassion.