SLAVES AND KINGS - THE STORY OF ST. ANTHONY MARY CLARET (DVD)
Set in Spain in the 1800s, this dramatic feature film tells the compelling story of St. Anthony Mary Claret, an Archbishop, writer, publisher, social reformer, missionary, and confessor to the Queen of Spain. Claret, one of Spain’s most popular preachers, founded the religious congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known as the Claretians.
Regarded as the “spiritual father of Cuba” due to his zealous missionary work there, Claret’s apostolic work also took him to the Canary Islands, Madrid, Paris, and the First Vatican Council. Before the priesthood he was a professional weaver in the textile mills of Barcelona. After he was ordained, he spent 10 years giving popular missions and retreats, always placing great emphasis on the Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Rosary was never out of his hand.
Appointed to the greatly neglected archdiocese of Santiago, Cuba, he began its reform by ceaseless missions and hearing confessions, and suffered bitter opposition for opposing concubinage and slavery. His solution for the misery of Cubans was family-owned farms producing a variety of foods for the family’s own needs and for the market. This invited the great enmity of the vested interests who wanted everyone to work on a single cash crop — sugar. Surviving 14 attempts on his life, he went back to Spain to be the confessor of the Queen, and also founded a major Catholic publishing house, printing hundreds of books and pamphlets on Catholicism. Anthony Mary Claret died in 1870 and was canonized a saint in 1950.
This DVD is both English and Spanish, with English and Spanish subtitles; and includes the Bonus Feature: Finding the Real St. Anthony Mary Claret.
Running time — 120 minutes.