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St. Josemaría´s life

Summary of St. Josemaría´s biography Tags: The Escriva family, Founding of Opus Dei, God’s glory

The Beginnings of Kibondeni College, Nairobi

Christine Gichure

Kibondeni College is a corporate work of Opus Dei in Kenya. This article's focus is the pre-history, the initial stages and the development of the school which started as a service unit alongside Strathmore and Kianda Colleges, and seeks to highlight the role of the teaching, faith and vision of St. Josemaría with respect to hospitality work as a noble career for women, and how several women of Opus Dei implemented it at a difficult moment in Kenya’s history. Tags: Youth, school, Women, Kenya, Opus Dei members

We need to converse with God

Ferdinando Cancelli

The primacy of prayer over action. In this article published in L’Osservatore Romano on November 17, the author, Ferdinando Cancelli, comments on the teachings of St Josemaria about the importance of prayer. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Contemplation, Javier Echevarria, Prayer

The founding of Opus Dei

Tuesday, October 2, 1928, feast of the Guardian Angels, was the second day of a week-long retreat for diocesan priests being given in the house of the Vincentian Fathers in the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. The six priests attending the retreat had celebrated Mass, breakfasted, prayed part of the Breviary together, and read some passages from the New Testament. At 10:00 a.m., Father Josemaria went to his room. Tags: October 2, 1928, Founding of Opus Dei

John Paul II and UNIV

John Paul II

In 1985, talking to UNIV Participants, John Paul II said: “It’s a great idea to have this annual international meeting of students from around the world and it’s good that you have the chance to get together in this way and to sing together. It’s a great joy. For me, it’s a great joy." Tags: Pope John Paul II, Beatification

Ten keys for communicating faith

Juan Manuel Mora

"St Josemaría Escrivá recalled that it is individual people, committed to their beliefs and to their profession, who find the right approaches and solutions. This principle applies to the field of communications". Here an article by J. M. Mora, published in L'Osservatore Romano. Tags: Faith, Evangelization, Mission, Communication

Like a bridge over troubled water in Sydney: Warrane College

José Manuel Cerda

This article refers to events occurred in Sydney, from 1966 to 1974, to provide some general background to the foundation of Warrane College, a university hall of residence entrusted to the spiritual care of Opus Dei and affiliated with the University of New South Wales. Tags: Youth, Opus Dei, Australia, Opus Dei members

February 14: A new anniversary

Speaking about the paradoxes of the founding, saint Josemaría would say one day: “The foundation of Opus Dei happened without me; the women’s branch, against my personal opinion; and the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, when I was seeking it but unable to find it.” Tags: February 14 , Founding of Opus Dei, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, Priestly soul, Women

Fishmonger and revolutionary

Carlos Martinez was a fishermonger. By the age of ten, he had joined the local communist cell. When he was 34, he learned from St Josemaria how to find God in his work. He thought this discovery needed to be written down. His notes have now been written up in book form and published in Spain under the title Carlos Martinez, pescadero. Un revolucionario que se encontró con Dios (“Carlos Martinez, fishmonger. A revolutionary who met God”.) Tags: Opus Dei, Opus Dei members, Associate

A prayer that went round the world

Fr Jesus Sancho-Bielsa

St Josemaria was taught a spiritual communion prayer by a religious. Where did this prayer come from originally? The author of this article found it by chance in the pages of an old Spanish catechism. Tags: Eucharist, Holy Communion