Claretian Missionaries - USA Province
Provincial Superior: Rev. Rosendo Urrabazo, C.M.F.
205 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60606
West Coast Office
10203 Lower Azusa Road
Temple City, CA 91780
San Gabriel Mission
Pastor: Rev. Bruce Wellems, CMF
Rev. Theo Fuentes,
Rev. Arnold Gonzalez, CMF
Rev. Lambert Okere, CMF
Rev. Tony Diaz, CMF
Rev. Jim Curran, CMF
428 S. Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Web page: www.sangabrielmission.org
A new era of growth and vitality began in 1908, with the arrival of the Claretian Missionaries. Following the charism of their founder, Saint Anthony Claret, the Claretians restored, rebuilt, reorganized, and rejuvenated the Mission into new spiritual life. When the Claretians opened a parochial school in 1912, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose arrived to begin a fruitful service of education at the Mission. In 1949, Mission High School opened to enhance even further our service to the youth of the community.
A special blessing to the San Gabriel Mission over the years has been the rich diversity of cultures and languages present in their community. The grace-filled Spirit of God has been revealed to families as they have constantly strived to be a welcoming parish united through profound faith and service to God’s people. The Eucharist is today celebrated in the English, Spanish and Vietnamese languages, providing the Mission Community with a beautiful opportunity to share at the table of our Lord.
Our Lady Queen of Angels (La Placita)
Pastor: Rev. Roland Lozano, CMF
Rev. Richard Estrada, CMF
Rev. Domingo Zuñiga, CMF
Rev. Manny Lopez, CMF
535 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2828
Web page: www.laplacita.org
1910 was a significant year for the Claretians in California. On May 20th,
they took charge of Our Lady Queen of Angeles Church also known as “La Placita”, the oldest church in the city of Los Angeles, and the daughter church of San Gabriel Mission.
St. Anthony Claret Church
Pastor: Rev. Gabriel Ruiz, CMF
Rev. Albert Vázquez, CMF
Rev. rey Alcantara, CMF
Rev. Jose Marino Novoa, CMF
2494 S. Chestnut St.
Fresno, CA 93725-1734
In 1951, the Claretians formed a new community in Central California. The Claretians began to minister to the Spanish and English speaking in the suburb of Fresno. During this same year, a temporary building for the future St. Anthony Claret Parish – The first to be named by the U.S. Claretians – was installed, and services began to be held on a regular basis. Within ten months, notable improvements, such as landscaping, were made and a site was purchased and cleared for a permanent, new church building.
Sacred Heart Pastoral Center
Pastor: Rev. Daryl Olds, CMF
Rev. Ralph Berg, CMF
Rev. Valentín Rámon, CMF
Rev. Darrin Merlino, CMF
Rev. Gerald Caffrey, CMF
Rev. Fred LeClaire, CMF (St. Catherine Laboure Church)
150 Fleury Ave.
Prescott, AZ 86301-2788
Claretians began to minister at Sacred Heart in 1915, please visit Sacred Heart's website for more information.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Pastor: Rev. Paschal Amagba, CMF
Rev. Luís Dussan, CMF
Rev. Stephen Sherwood, CMF
Rev. Mark Clarke
617 S. Santa Rosa Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78204-3122
The Claretians established themselves in the U.S. in 1902, but found themselves without a place to really call home for almost a year. Then right before the year was over the Claretians acquired the property in San Antonio, Texas where they would build their home and dedicate it to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. From 1904-1912, a chapel located in a corner of the Father’s house was the place of worship where Mass was celebrated daily and Mary’s Heart was honored. Work on the byzantine-romanesque church was begun November 27, 1911. The corner-stone was blessed and the parish canonically erected on December 31, 1911. The Most Rev. J.W. Shaw, Bishop of San Antonio, blessed the church on August 11, 1912. Today the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in San Antonio, is a beautiful spiritual garden, even if material progress has not kept pace with the spiritual advancement.
Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza - Ciudad Juarez
Pastor: Rev. Rogelio Carmona Nunez, CMF
Superior: Rev. Rene Morales
Rev. Oscar Rodriguez, CMF
Puerto Lisboa 1521, Col.32599
Tierra Nueva I 32599 Ciudad Juárez
The Inter-Provincial Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, was established in 2000 by our U.S. Western Province, the U.S. Eastern Province and the Province of Mexico. The parish is in a newly developed section of the large border City of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, serving mostly families that have migrated to the border in search of employment primarily in the mega-factories employing the poorest of the poor at substandard wages. The ministry of our Claretian Missionaries provides an evangelizing presence to support and assist God's People through small chapels and communities of faith, social services and youth ministry, among many other diverse and prophetic efforts to accompany and serve those in urgent need of the liberating and life-giving Gospel.
Casa Claret at Dominguez Seminary
18127 S. Alameda St.
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-5708
Dominguez Seminary educated Catholic priests and brothers for over 50 years. When the Seminary closed in 1974, the adobe was converted to a museum by a man who had come there to study in 1946 and never forgot the place. Father Pat McPolin restored the adobe and retrieved furniture and clothing from the Dominguez descendents to re-create the historic character of the home. Upon his return he also transformed the seminary into a retirement home for Claretian priests
Los Angeles, CA 90042-3542
more about our discernment community!
La Comunidad Claretiana del Tepeyac, a ministry of the Claretian Missionaries of the Western Province, offers young men an opportunity to discern dynamically their call to religious life as Claretian Missionaries. The six month to two-year commitment to living in community, personal and communal prayer, work, study, spiritual direction, and ministry provides young men with an experience of our Claretian spirituality and mission while growing in faith as followers of Christ in the spirit of our Founder, Saint Anthony Mary Claret.