The Claretians—whose formal name is Congregation of Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary—were founded by St. Anthony Mary Claret on July 16, 1849 in Vic, Spain.
The aim of the Congregation is to seek in all things the glory of God, the sanctification of our members, and the salvation of people throughout the world, in keeping with our missionary charism in the Church.
“A son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a man who is consumed with love and who sets on fire everything in his path.”
“He is a man who unceasingly expends himself to light the fire of divine love in the world.”
“He can think of but one thing — working, suffering, and seeking at all times the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls, to imitate Our Lord Jesus Christ.”
~ St. Anthony Mary Claret
The aim of the Claretians is to seek in all things the glory of God, the sanctification of our members, and the salvation of people throughout the world, in keeping with our missionary charism in the Church.
Claretians in the United States work in a variety of our ministries, including parish work, campus ministry, hospital chaplaincy, preaching retreats, spiritual direction, youth programs, and religious publications in English and Spanish.
Let the Spirit move you! We are always looking for people who want to do more for the Lord’s Kingdom. Ministry opportunities exist in all of our ministries, and each of them provides preparation for leadership development.
“Reviving the Original Spirit”: Announcement Letter on the 175th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Congregation
Rome, Italy. The Superior General of the Claretian Missionaries recently released an announcement letter on May 31, 2023, on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the Congregation. The letter expresses gratitude to God for the gift of their charism and encourages members to revive the original spirit of their Founder, St. Anthony…
The Claretian Missionaries USA-CANADA Province held its second provincial chapter from June 5-9, 2023 on the campus of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois (northwest of the city of Chicago). The Chapter theme was: “Let us dream! Forging a Mission on the Margins”. Father General, Mathew Vattamattam, CMF served…
Plans are underway for a St. Jude Seminary all-alumni reunion on June 24th and 25th , 2023. Activities will be split between two venues, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (OLG) in South Chicago, coinciding with the 100th anniversary year of its founding; and Good Shepherd Manor (formerly St. Jude Seminary) Momence, IL.