September 29th - 75th Anniversary

The Way

Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things that I whisper in your ear—confiding them—as a friend, as a brother, as a father. And they are being heard by God.”

Talking to God

Time is a Treasure

The Pope said: “Jesus’ advice is simple: 'don’t accumulate treasures for yourself on earth!' This is advice to be prudent. Jesus was basically saying, 'Look, they don’t serve any purpose, don’t waste your time!'” Pope Francis, June 20, 2014

Alvaro del Portillo's Beatification


Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, a portrait of faithfulness

Video. Bishop Alvaro touched the lives of hundreds of thousands around the world, who are looking forward to his beatification in September 2014.

Saturday 27 September

People from 80 different nationalities expected in Madrid for the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo

People from 80 different nationalities have confirmed their attendance in Valdebebas (Madrid) at the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo. According to the organizing committee for the event, groups are also expected from South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, India, Macao, Nigeria, New Zealand, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago as well as South Africa.

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

St Josemaria speaks about Alvaro del Portillo

On September 27, Alvaro del Portillo will be beatified – declared Blessed – by the Church. St Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei, chose Alvaro when he was a very young man to be the one who worked with him most closely all his life.
Because they were always together, St Josemaria only rarely spoke in public about Alvaro del Portillo. Occasionally, when Alvaro was not present, St Josemaria would open his heart to others about Alvaro, whom he thought of as “Saxum”, a rock.


Blessings, a tribute to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

It is a multi-media exhibit displaying artworks, originals by 7 artists, each depicting a chapter in the life of Bishop Alvaro. It is divided into seven chapters, from his childhood to his death.

September 15

Election of Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo as St Josemaria’s first successor

Three months after St Josemaria’s death on June 26, 1975, Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo – “Don Alvaro” – was elected to succeed him at the head of Opus Dei.

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

EWTN Live Broadcast of Beatification

EWTN will provide a live broadcast of the beatification Mass of Alvaro del Portillo on Saturday, September 27, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Madrid time (6 a.m. - 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/New York time).

Bishop Anthony Muheria

I learnt from him the true meaning of Love for the Church

At the core of his message to all priests, after underlining the need for personal struggle for Holiness, he always spoke softly yet forcefully on the need for loyalty and Love for the Church.

Special timetable for the Beatification

The prelatic church of Opus Dei

A place of prayer, housing the mortal remains of Saint Josemaría Escrivá and Bishop Alvaro.

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

Alvaro del Portillo, in 3 minutes

Video. A brief video with scenes from the life of Alvaro del Portillo, who will be beatified on September 27 in Madrid.

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

New Biography

John F. Coverdale, author of "Saxum: The Life of Alvaro del Portillo," was interviewed on EWTN's program "Bookmark." Watch the full interview here.


Visit Rome, following the footsteps of St Josemaría

St Josemaria is a good guide to the many places in Rome that he himself visited to draw faith from the witness of the early Christians. This collection reveals the main traces of the history of the Catholic Church that are to be found in Rome, the Eternal City. Download in epub format.

Questions & Answers

Why do we love our Lady?

To come into the world, God chose to rely on the free cooperation of a human being, Mary, to be the mother of his Son through the work of the Holy Spirit. How did God choose Mary? How did she conceive the Son of God? Why do we call Mary Virgin and Mother?

Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession

United Kingdom

This noble Saint

I had been asked to stop work at a time I least expected it and had not planned even when my contract had been renewed. I immediately started Novena to St. Josemaria and had planned to do 3 sets of the prayers - ie for 27 days before my notice period ends. I got a new contract on the 4th day of the 2nd set ie the 13th day and had to finish the novena in thanksgiving!

United States

Struggling to find a job

My daughter was really struggling to find a job and was getting pretty down on herself. I prayed Novenas to Saint Josemaria Escrivá and she was offered a job the last day of the novena. So happy!! Thank you!!