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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

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

‘This donkey will remind you of me,’ he said. I like to think I met a saint

I first met a member of Opus Dei here in Britain over 30 years ago. His name was Juan Galarraga, and at that time he was a layman studying at the University of London. I met him on a number of occasions at the Newman [...]
Tags: The Way, Opus Dei, Vatican II

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

Three months after St Josemaria’s death on June 26, 1975, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo – “Don Alvaro” – was elected to succeed him at the head of Opus Dei. No one was surprised when, on September 15, 1975, Don Alvaro was unanimously elected as the founder’s [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Faithfulness, Opus Dei

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

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

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

What did you say to our Lady?

In the afternoon of January 3, 1948, St Josemaria arrived at Loreto, Italy, with Don Alvaro del Portillo, Salvador Moret Bondia and Ignacio Sallent Casas. They spent a period in silent prayer within the Holy House of Nazareth in the shrine. Afterwards, as they were [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Holy Family, Virtues, Consecrations of Opus Dei

Koichi Yamamoto and the beginnings of Opus Dei in Japan

A brief account of the beginnings of Opus Dei’s apostolate in Japan and the life of one of the first Japanese members. It shows the keen affection St Josemaría always felt for Japan, as well as the way the spirit of Opus Dei is lived [...]
Tags: History, Opus Dei, numerary

The Universality of the Church

A summary of the article by Msgr. Ocariz, vicar general of Opus Dei, in which he unpacks St Josemaria’s many references to the universality of the Church. When St Josemaria spoke and wrote about the Church he explained how she is one, holy, catholic and [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Church, Opus Dei, Pope, Vatican II