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Carmen Escrivá

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, who knew St Josemaria’s mother and sister very well, spoke in the book Immersed in God about what both of them meant for the founding and development of Opus Dei. “The availability of our Founder’s mother and sister proved of incalculable [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, The Escriva family, Opus Dei, Administration, Carmen Escrivá
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First ordination of faithful of Opus Dei to the priesthood

The first three priests ordained from among the faithful of Opus Dei, on June 25, 1944 by the Bishop of Madrid were Father Alvaro del Portillo, Father Jose Maria Hernandez Garnica, and Father Jose Luis Muzquiz. All three of them were qualified civil or mining [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross
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St John Lateran

Click here to download the complete the tour in pdf format.St John Lateran. During the first centuries, because of persecutions, celebration of the Eucharist and instruction in the faith took place in private houses, which some Christian families – usual those who were better off and [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Baptism, Places in Rome, Opus Dei, Early Christians
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Álvaro del Portillo

September 15, 1975, soon after St Josemaría died and went to Heaven, Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo was chosen to succeed him by a general elective congress of Opus Dei. On March 23, 1994, Msgr. Javier Echevarría summed up Don Alvaro’s work at the head of [...]
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St Josemaría arrived in Rome for the first time on June 23, 1946

On June 23, 1946 the founder of Opus Dei arrived in Rome to expedite pontifical approval of Opus Dei. This approval would enable Opus Dei, which was universal from the very start, to spread its apostolate to different countries. Pilar Urbano wrote an account of [...]
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In the hospitals and poor districts

José Manuel Doménech de Ibarra writes: “Opus Dei was born in the hospitals and poor districts of Madrid and I, albeit in a tiny way, was a witness to this fact.” Much has already been said about the Founder of Opus Dei’s abundant activity in [...]
Tags: Sickness, Opus Dei, Poverty
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September 7, 1931 in Madrid: anniversary of a divine locution

“Et fui tecum in omnibus ubicumque ambulasti!” (2 Sam 7:9) – “and I have been with you wherever you went.” From the beginning, our Lord showed the founder of Opus Dei a design that was universal in scope, and catholic by nature. During the summer of [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Faith, Opus Dei
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Decree of Canonization

Pope John Paul II referred to St Josemaria as the patron saint of ordinary life in the audience he had with the faithful who had come to Rome for the canonization of the founder of Opus Dei. “St Josemaria,” announced the Pope, “was chosen by [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Opus Dei, Holiness
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Josemaría Escrivá's Cristocentrism

Cardinal George Pell explains how every aspect of St Josemaria’s teaching, like his life, was centred on Jesus Christ. The step from doctrine to asceticism in in the Christocentrism of Saint Josemaría is a movement from getting know to Christ to living like Christ. Living like [...]
Tags: Love of God, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Opus Dei, Unity of life
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A book review "The Founder of Opus Dei. The Life of Josemaría Escrivá" by Andrés Vázquez de Prada

A book review by John F. Coverdale published in "Studia et documenta". Rivista dell’Istituto Storico San Josemaría Escrivá n. 1 (2007). Andrés Vázquez de Prada, The Founder of Opus Dei. The Life of Josemaría Escrivá. Volume I: The Early Years, Princeton (N.J.), Scepter Publishers, [...]
Tags: October 2, 1928, Founding of Opus Dei, books, Opus Dei