About Us

The Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Cordis Mariae Filii – CMF), a.k.a. Claretian Missionaries a.k.a. Claretians is a religious order of men within the Catholic Church, who are committed to serving the Word in the style of its founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret. They strive to be witnesses and messengers of the Joy of the Gospel in the human peripheries, serving the marginalized people of God.

Declaring that his spirit is for the whole world, Antonio María Claret y Clará (Anthony Mary Claret), together with five other young priests, founded the Congregation in a cell in the seminary in Vic, Spain, on July 16, 1849. The five co-founders were Stephen Sala, Manuel Vilaró, José Xifré, Jaime Clotet, and Domingo Fábregas. Currently, Claretians serve in 64 countries in the world, ministering to diverse peoples through diverse ministries.

St. Claret defined his missionaries thus:

“ASon of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a man on fire with love, who spreads itsflames wherever he goes. He desires mightily and strives by all means possibleto set everyone on fire with God’s love. Nothing daunts him: he delights inprivations, welcomes work, embraces sacrifices, smiles at slander, rejoices inall the torments and sorrows he suffers, and glories in the cross of JesusChrist. His only concern is how he may follow Christ and imitate him inpraying, working, enduring and striving constantly and solely for the greaterglory of God and the salvation of humankind.” (Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Autobiography nº. 494)In their striving tobe faithful to the above “pen picture,” many Claretians have embraced martyrdom.  Among them are the 51 young Claretians ofBarbastro and 132 Claretians across various provinces of Spain, who have beendeclared “Blessed” by the Church. Inspired by their life witness and impelledby the love of Christ and people of God, around 3,000 Claretians continue towork towards the realization of the Kingdom of God on earth.

In their striving to be faithful to the above “pen picture,” many Claretians have embraced martyrdom.  Among them are the 51 young Claretians of Barbastro and 132 Claretians across various provinces of Spain, who have been declared “Blessed” by the Church. Inspired by their life witness and impelled by the love of Christ and people of God, around 3,000 Claretians continue to work towards the realization of the Kingdom of God on earth.