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. The first Claretians came to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s to minister to the growing population of Spanish-speaking Catholics.
Today, Claretians in the United States are working in a variety of our ministries in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. Some of the ministries include parish work, campus ministry, hospital chaplaincy, preaching retreats, spiritual direction, youth programs, and religious publications in English and Spanish.
Through the St. Jude League, we promote devotion to this patron saint of hope especially for those in difficult situations. Our award-wining publications, including US Catholic, continue the tradition of our founder who was known as “the apostle of the press”.
The Claretians in the United States have a long and successful history of evangelization with people from all walks of life, but most especially with Latinos. We now work with immigrants and refugees from around the world creating an atmosphere of welcome and accompaniment motivated by the gospel of Jesus Christ. We do this work in collaboration and partnership with the people of God and other religious leaders. We are committed to developing pastoral leaders for the work of evangelization and the shaping of a more just society.