Born in Spain, Anthony started out studying to be a weaver, but he spent all his spare time learning Latin, French and a kind of art work called engraving. When he realized God was calling him to religious life, he became a priest. Father Anthony served as a missionary and gave retreats to inspire others to holiness. In time, he was made Archbishop of Cuba, where he accomplished many great things for the Lord. All his life, he was dedicated to helping the poor and encouraging education. He built schools, libraries, a scientific laboratory, a museum of natural history.
For Saint Anthony Mary Claret, faith was the most important thing in the world, and education was a close second. He wanted everybody to have the opportunity to learn history, music, languages and, of course, spiritual things. Today, visit a museum or library and make a point of learning something new.
Saint Anthony Mary Claret, pray for us!