Saint Anthony Mary Claret
Born in Spain in 1807, Anthony Claret, a weaver like his father, studied Latin and printing in his spare time. He entered the seminary at 22 and was ordained in 1835.
Born in Spain in 1807, Anthony Claret, a weaver like his father, studied Latin and printing in his spare time. He entered the seminary at 22 and was ordained in 1835. In 1849 founded the congregation Claretians. Shortly afterward he was appointed archbishop of Santiago in Cuba. He stayed until 1857, when he returned to Spain and became confessor to Queen Isabella II. He was also into publishing books and pamphlets.
In the revolution of 1868 both Anthony and the queen were exiled. After attending Vatican I, Anthony sought refuge at a Cistercian monastery in France, where he died in 1870. He was canonized in 1950.
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