On the day of canonization, Pope Pius XII said of Anthony Claret, "A great soul born to unite contrasting elements, he was humble in origin, yet illustrious in the eyes of the world. Small in stature, but a giant in spirit. Modest in appearance, but very capable of instilling respect, also in the great ones of the earth. Strong in character, but with the gentleness of someone who knows the restraint of austerity and penance. Always in the presence of God, even in the midst of prodigious activity. Slandered and admired, celebrated and persecuted, and among such great marvels, a gentle light that illumines all, his devotion to the Mother of God." St. Anthony is the founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians). He was a preacher, confessor, reformer, publisher and writer.