In 1902 the Claretians, following the migration of the Mexicans, accepted the invitation of the bishop of the Diocese of San Antonio to take charge of the Cathedral and to energize the faithful. Within two years, with more Claretians arriving, the Mother House of the Province was established, and the missionaries continued to reach out from Texas, building missions in Arizona and California. In 1925, again at the invitation of the bishop, the Claretians went to Chicago and eventually, in 1955, to Canada. With the beginning of the National Shrine of St.
Jude at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Chicago in 1929, the mission arie s ignited a source of hope for all.
Well, times are dark and hope is needed more than ever. This past year’s pandemic has wreaked havoc on many parish communities with postponed or canceled weddings, curtailed funeral celebrations, extended times for First Communions using social distancing to keep families safe, etc. In these times our Claretians Missionaries across the globe, like many other religious congregations and dioceses, continue to bring the promise of hope to our Church.
Zoom liturgies, Facebook live prayer services, food pantries, etc. are signs of today’s world.
Throughout our dioceses, the Claretians will continue to bring the Gospel of Mercy, Hope, and Compassion but we need your help to do this. The Claretians of the USA-Canada Province are grateful for the opportunity to participate in your Diocesan Mission Co-Operative Program and, on behalf of our mission endeavors, we thank you for any assistance we receive through the program.
For more information about the Claretian Missionaries USA- CA Province, please visit their website at claretiansusa.org.
To support the CLARETIAN MISSIONARIES USA- CA PROVINCE, please click on the button below to donate and either select your parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and/or type Group 1024 in the memo box. God bless!