1832. Around this date Claret asks Bishop Corcuera to administer the tonsure.

1856. In Puerto Principe, Claret has two visiting Jesuits, who are thinking about how to establish a school there.

1867. During these days, at the suggestion of Fr. Carmelo Sala, now a canon in Cadiz, Claret manages to convince the Queen to prevent the demolition of a church in Valencia.





The main ministries of the first missionaries were the so-called Popular Missions and Spiritual Exercises. Later this horizon was extended to other ministries such as confession, the direction of seminaries, and even teaching. Claret was the first missionary, and from the beginning the missions were very successful. Just like Fr. Xifre, the Local Superiors also dedicated themselves to the ministry of the missions. The method of each exercise in the mission was, of course, evolving and being perfected and acquiring its own character of the Sons of the Heart of Mary. Fr. Xifre already indicated how he intensified and multiplied the work of Spiritual Exercises for clergy, increasing the number of acts and in many of them replacing monotony and dry uniformity of the readings with a lively voice. The promotion of good press and of religious objects was an essential complement in the missions, with tact and delicacy, in an ordered and regulated way, avoiding any shadow of profit or negotiation and any appearance of suspicious bias.

Joseph Fogued, CMF

Apostolic Prefect of Tunki (1885-1954)


Ojos Negros (Teruel, Spain). Apostolic Prefect of Tunki, China. In childhood, he devoted himself to caring for goats until he entered the Congregation at the age of 14. In 1929, when the Holy See entrusted the Congregation with taking care of a regional seminary in Kaifeng, China, the superiors thought of him. He was 44 years old. In 1933, the Congregation was finally entrusted with the Tunki region, with Fr. Fogued named Visitor. In 1937 the Mission was declared an Apostolic Prefecture and Fr. Fogued appointed its first Apostolic Prefect. When the mission was thriving the most, the threat of the Marxist armies of Mao Zedong forced the departure of the mission by all the missionaries. Only Fr. Fogued and three others remained there. They suffered many hardships and popular trials rigged to make them appear as enemies of the people. Seeing no future prospects, they asked to leave the country. Later, he traveled throughout Spain encouraging a missionary spirit with talks and conferences. He died on January 24th.


Heartfelt Devotion to Mary


During these same years of my childhood and youth, I had a very warm devotion toward the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Aut 43)

When I was a little boy I was given a pair of rosary beads, and I was more pleased with them than with the greatest treasure. I used them after school when my classmates and I marched in double file to the nearby church where our teacher led us in reciting a part of the rosary. (Aut 44)




  • What role did the Virgin Mary play in your religious experience throughout your childhood?
  • How do you currently live your Cordimarian spirituality? Which of Mary’s characteristics are most meaningful to you?
  • Today you can pray the Rosary praying for the whole Congregation.
“The devotion to the Heart of Mary should be lived by every Claretian.”

(Declaration on the Spiritual Heritage of the Congregation,
General Chapter XVII, 19)