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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 [...]
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St Josemaria’s book The Way of the Cross – Foreword

“Enter into the wounds of Christ Crucified.” When Monsignor Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer proposed this way, to those who asked him for advice on how to deepen their interior life, he was doing no more than pass on his own experience, pointing out the short [...]
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Bishop Javier Echevarría in the Mass in suffrage for Mons. Álvaro Del Portillo. Rome, March17, 2008

Dear brothers and sisters. Today we offer this Eucharistic Sacrifice for the soul of the Servant of God Mons. Álvaro del Portillo, Prelate of Opus Dei, on the fourteenth anniversary of his dies natalis. We do so with six days of anticipation because the 23 of [...]
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St Josemaria and the Guardian Angels

Opus Dei was founded (in 1928) on October 2 – the feast of the Guardian Angels. St Josemaria’s devotion to the Guardian Angels, whom he saw as celestial protectors and messengers, went back to his childhood. Here Bishop Alvaro del Portillo recalls some aspects of [...]
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Account of St Josemaría’s death

On June 26, 1975, Msgr. Josemaría died suddenly in Rome. The previous month he had made his last visit to Spain, where he received the gold medal of his native town, Barbastro, and visited the nearby shrine of Torreciudad, which had been built at his [...]
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A faithful man

Alvaro del Portillo, St Josemaría’s first successor at the head of Opus Dei, was born March 11, 1914. A “good and faithful servant” – words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel, that Pope John Paul II applied to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Bishop Javier Echevarria says: [...]
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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 [...]
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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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Takes affectionate care of your tabernacles!

The loving care which Saint Josemaria took of the liturgy and everything connected with worship is expressed in n. 527 of The Way: “That woman in the house of Simon the leper in Bethany, who anoints the Master’s head with precious ointment, reminds us of [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Love of God, Eucharist, Poverty